January 2020 Micro Fiction Longlist

Thank you once again to Susmita Bhattacharya for providing this month’s prompt. You can read Susmita’s stories in two of our anthologies: Nothing Is As It Was and our latest charity anthology, No Good Deed.

We received 85 entries so the winner will receive £170 and a free entry to the annual Retreat West Flash Fiction Prize. The runner-up will get a free entry too, plus both stories will be published in the Flash Fiction section of our website.

The final ten will be published next Monday with public voting opening at the same time.

All readings and votes are anonymous so writers if you are on this longlist, please do not tell anyone which story is yours.

Thank you to all who submitted and congrats if you made the longlist!


  • A Birthday Wish
  • An Exquisite Pain
  • But I’m…
  • Button, Shell, Cork
  • Diary Entry: The Presents Keep Coming
  • Disappointment tastes sweet like sugar
  • Forgive Me Father For I Have…
  • Frosting Trails
  • Fury
  • Hide and Seek
  • Monochrome Memories
  • Negative
  • Playthings
  • Prayer Alone Isn’t Enough
  • Safety in Numbers
  • Sweet Dreams
  • The Destiny of Cake
  • The Making of a Monster
  • Unlit Candles
  • When the last Flame is Blown
  • White Wedding

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