Longlists: 2020 Short Story and Flash Fiction Prizes

Many thanks to all of the writers who sent in their short stories and flash fictions for this year’s annual prize. We’ve been busy reading away and have read almost 500 stories over the past 5 weeks. From those we have 40 flash fictions that have gone through to the next round, and 49 short stories.

Many congratulations if your story title appears on the lists below. We’re reading anonymously as always so please don’t reveal your title to anyone!

2020 Flash Fiction Prize Shortlist

  • 2084
  • Adjust to Taste
  • Amuse-Bouche
  • Apple-fall
  • A Happy Home
  • A Shift in Time Zones
  • Baggage
  • Being Bette Davis
  • Close Quarters
  • Count-down
  • Creme de Cerises
  • Data Collection
  • Dracaena Trifasciata: Commonly Known as the Snake Plant
  • Driven to Distraction
  • First Time at the Allotment
  • Fledgling
  • Force Majeur
  • Gift of the Gab
  • Homemaker
  • How I Met Your Father
  • How to Make Damson Jam
  • Kip’s Body
  • Mother, Prey
  • My Sister Clare
  • Saying Goodbye
  • She Understands the World Through What it is Not
  • Sometimes Mommy Tigers Get Sick
  • Teatro Real
  • The Circular Trajectory of Drones
  • The Lifecycle of the Butterfly
  • The Man on the Ledge
  • The Search
  • The Weight of Feathers
  • This Air is Not the Same
  • Three Worlds
  • Treating Cor Contracts – A Quintessential Guide
  • Visiting Hours
  • What if Your Mother Was the Woman Next Door?
  • We Dream, We See Dragonflies
  • Yellow Soup

2020 Short Story Prize Shortlist

  • Anarchy
  • And Plenty of Details
  • Anto Jackson is a Prick
  • A Straightforward Life
  • Being Here
  • Bone Scaffold
  • Booboo
  • Book of the Dead
  • Centuries, in Burnt Sienna
  • Cosmo v the Cosmos
  • Cruising
  • Daniel Sprinkles Stars
  • First Person Singular
  • Flamingos
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • Gold Frankincense and Valium
  • Graceland
  • Healing
  • Inkjet Resurrection Blues
  • It’s Not Normal to Befriend a Butterfly
  • Learning the Rules
  • Lima Oscar Victor Echo, Charlie Bravo
  • Long Distance Swimming
  • Lucky
  • Mentors, Males Before Hills
  • Ms Lazlo’s Last Stand
  • Postcards from Abroad
  • Phylum
  • Salesman of the Week
  • Salvage
  • Spinach, Celery, Carrot, Beetroot, Ginger, Apple
  • Tailspin
  • Taungoo
  • The Angel in the Asylum
  • The Belle of Belfast City
  • The Burden of Truth
  • The Cabin
  • The Dead Weight
  • The Essence of Touch
  • The Longest Nickname in the World
  • The Next World
  • The Sound of Canals
  • The Stonecutter’s Masterpiece
  • The Sun Will Not Rose Today
  • There But For the Grace
  • Things Happened
  • Trampled
  • White Lies and Carnivals
  • Words