January 2024 Monthly Micro Winners

Well done to all 10 shortlisted writers this month. Really great stories all and it is so hard to choose a winner when we get to this stage. But choose we must! Congratulations to our winners!

First Place: How to Mend a Man with a Cover Like Bark by Stephanie Percival

Why we chose it: Beautiful writing and imagery, really touching and a big story in so few words.

Joint Second Place: Burnt Ends by Gabe Sherman and Sounds She Won’t Miss, Now Arthur Has Gone by Alison Wassell

Why we chose them: Burnt Ends is a lovely evocation of a relationship that could have been and a great take on the theme. Loved the repetition in Sounds She Won’t Miss, Now Arthur Has Gone and the love the narrator has for him shines through.

People’s Prize Winner: Sounds She Won’t Miss, Now Arthur Has Gone by Alison Wassell


Shortlisted Stories

  • Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Martin Barker – Read it here
  • Clearing Out Dad’s House by Angela Fitzpatrick – Read it here
  • Excess Pruning by Geraldine McCarthy – Read it here
  • For Sale – vacant possession upon completion, many original features by Jane Broughton – Read it here
  • Home. Work. by John Holmes – Read it here
  • Lost in Time by Julian Cadman – Read it here
  • Public Notice of Removal by Salena Sasha – Read it here

Well done to everyone for these great stories! And huge congrats to the winners and Alison who won two prizes! The People’s Prize is a free ticket to the a Zoom workshop.


Next month’s prompt and word count goes live on Monday 5th February and will also be revealed at the Monthly Micro Workshop on Sunday 4th. Join us to hone your micro fiction writing skills!

And don’t forget the deadline for the FAITH edition of WestWord is tomorrow! Send us your micros, flashes and short stories.

Want to write great Hermit Crab Flashes? Join Amanda’s workshop this Saturday: Writing Hermit Crabs That Have Great Story