Flash Mentoring Contest 2023 Longlist

Many thanks to everyone who sent in a story for this brand new contest. We received 74 entries and enjoyed reading them all. Congratulations to the writers of the following longlisted stories. No telling which is yours though!


  • A City Break
  • A Cloth of Water
  • Brighton: A Knitted Story
  • Crossing
  • Fillings
  • Hands
  • Moon Bearer
  • Smell of Water
  • The Dogs of War Play Frisbee in an Empty Hotel Pool
  • The Telltale Chirp of an Olive Warbler
  • Twenty-one Scars
  • Utterly Nutterly
  • When the calamity did not come
  • You Can

We’ll be back with the shortlist soon – good luck everyone!

In the meantime, don’t forget to send us your micros, flashes and short stories for the next edition of WestWord. Submissions are open until 31st May.