July 21 Monthly Micro Longlist

Many thanks and well done to everyone who sent a story for this month’s BLOOM prompt from Ian O’Brien. We received 120 entries so the cash prize for 1st place is £180 and for 2nd place is £120. As always the People’s Prize will be revealed along with the winners.

Congratulations to all the writers who made the longlist. No telling which story is yours though as everything MUST remain anonymous! Shortlist will be online on Monday when voting will open for you to decide the winner of the People’s Prize!


  • Airborne
  • Bedazzled
  • Betty’s Begonia
  • Bloomer
  • Blue Mars
  • Coma
  • Coming of Age
  • Cover-Up
  • Flowers and a Promise
  • Grace
  • How to Make a Spring Posy
  • How to Transport Desert Flowers into Cooler Climes
  • I am not a Sunflower
  • Isabella Gaines
  • Kandinsky
  • Little Pilgrim
  • Nearly Famous
  • No 6: War veteran. Watching his neighbours from his window. Remembering.
  • Otoch
  • Pièce de Résistance
  • Pink Lemonade
  • Red-letter Day
  • Remember Daddy Loves You
  • Regifting
  • Say it with Flowers
  • Seed, Root, Shoot
  • Shaken Petals
  • Sound the Sirens: The Dangers of Harmful Algal Blooms
  • Sugar Bloom
  • Ten Steps for Growth
  • The Bearded Iris in all its Glory
  • The Brochure Featured Young Women with Thick Hair and Thin Waistlines and That Should Have Been a Clue
  • The Ephemeral Nature of Flower Crown Euphoria
  • The Jellyfish Princess
  • The Weight of Blue
  • There Are Two Ways To Tell This Story
  • Why shouldn’t a rose lament its ruination?
  • Will-power

Good luck everyone!