November 19 Micro Fiction Longlist

Thank you once again to Joanna Campbell for providing this month’s prompt. You can read Joanna’s stories in our three annual anthologies: What Was Left, Impermanent Facts, and Future Shock. As well as in No Good Deed, our charity anthology published on 7th November 2019.

We received 95 entries so the winner will receive £190 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 Journey Through Lung Cancer Distilled into a Hundred Carefully Chosen Words and Silences
  • Bearings
  • Empty
  • Eradicating Common Pests
  • Escape
  • Fire Ants
  • For I’m the Tip of His Long White Cane
  • Frayed
  • Freckles
  • Going the Distance
  • Greased Lightning
  • Here, in the field
  • Hinterland
  • In the Silence
  • Intersect
  • Life Bearings
  • Lost
  • Lost and Found
  • Lost in America
  • Lost in the Fog
  • Make or Break Getaway
  • Man’s Best Friend
  • Never Fall for a Weather God
  • Repair
  • Save the Bears
  • Sunday Morning in the Neighborhood
  • Sweet and Cool
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Lights
  • The Way Home
  • Vessel
  • What we lose
  • You Always Loved the Circus

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