Monthly Micro Longlist – January 2024

Many thanks to everyone who sent a story for this first contest of the new year. The theme was BARK and we received 53 entries. So the prizes are £58 for first place and £38 for second. The People’s Prize will be announced along with the results.

Congrats to the writers who made it through to the next round! No telling which is yours though as it has to remain anonymous all the way through.

Longlisted Stories

  • Anatomy of a Tree
  • Bark!
  • Barking up the Wrong Tree
  • Bloodsports
  • Burnt Ends
  • Catching a Wave
  • Clearing Out Dad’s House
  • Excess Pruning
  • For Sale – vacant possession upon completion, many original features
  • Home. Work.
  • How To Mend a Man with a Cover Like Bark
  • Lost in Time
  • Public Notice of Removal
  • Sounds She Won’t Miss, Now Arthur Has Gone
  • The Apple Doesn’t Fall
  • The Staffroom Pet
  • Welcome to Fabulous Canine Las Vegas

We’ll be back with the shortlist for voting on Monday. Good luck everyone!

In the meantime, you have until 31st January to submit to the FAITH edition of WestWord. Info here.

And if you’re writing a novel, our First Chapter comp closes next weekend and you can win a review of your first three chapters, synopsis and covering letter as well as a meeting with a literary agent to discuss your work! Info here.