June Monthly Micro Winners

Congratulations again to all of the shortlisted authors. Here are the winners!


In the Aftermath of a Supernova by Eleanor Luke

Why we chose it: This has such beautiful imagery whilst looking at a dark and complex theme, and ends with such a startling sentence.


Second Prize Winner: Words From a Time Traveller by Glyn Matthews

Why we chose it: There are some lovely sensory elements to the description that made us feel part of the story. We heard that whistle and feel like it took us on a journey.


People’s Prize Winner: Tinder Encounters of the Fully Disclosed Kind by Jeff Taylor


Shortlisted Stories

Diorama of a Better Little Life by Emily Macdonald – Read it here

Molly’s Memories of Her Shrinking Father by Sarah Barnett – Read it here

Tiny Hippos by Holly Flood – Read it here

Tiny Hands by Claire Schön – Read it here

Wind-trackers by Jean Cooper Moran – Read it here

Miss Lacey by Caleb Bouchard – Read it here

What the Fisherman Knows About the Oceanographer by Sam Payne – Read it here


Eleanor and Glyn win the cash prizes, and Jeff wins a recording ticket to our September flash fiction festival .

Well done to everyone!

We’ll be back with the next Monthly Micro prompt on 4th July – the last one before our summer break!

Molly’s Memories of Her Shrinking Father

No more shoulder rides, you’re too big! Molly protesting, climbing up regardless, crushing Daddy’s tiny head, as he stumbled.

Daddy a thumbnail on a screen, in a desert, flinching at a gunshot, promising he’ll be home soon.

November 5th: Daddy back, altered, alien; his body curling, shrivelling on the sofa as fireworks crackled/pounded.

Dad leaving for his last Tour, receding up the street; Molly making a thumb-forefinger circle, peering through, capturing him as he shrunk to a dot.

The withered raisin in the casket, even smaller than she remembered. Molly wondering why, after seeing death, avoiding death, he chose death.

 


This story was shortlisted in the June monthly micro fiction competition.

About the author: Sarah Barnett. Originally a journalist and sub-editor, I turned to creative writing in 2017. I have two novels in the works and have written several scripts and plays. Three of my plays have been performed on scratch nights and ArtsEd students filmed one of my shorts. My flashes have been published by Flashflood 2021, Five Minutes, Free Flash Fiction and Paragraph Planet.

What the Fisherman Knows About the Oceanographer

She has a blue whale tattooed on the pale skin of her thigh, a lionfish on her shoulder, two seahorses on her hip.

She cries over the melting ice, bleached coral reefs, and the orcas who are starving, their shrinking bellies lined only with toxins.

She hungers for cool, open water, the deep blue beneath her feet, the migratory life of a great white. 

She is the waves, rolling, lifting, and frothing, a spring tide on a moonlit night. 

She is a rip current pulling him from the shore, a sunken wreck resting on the seabed, its treasure hiding within. 

 


This story was shortlisted in the June monthly micro fiction competition.

About the author: Sam Payne lives in the UK and her work has appeared in a variety of places including; Fictive Dream, 100 Word Story and Flashback Fiction. She is a reader at Janus Literary and is on twitter – @skpaynewriting

Miss Lacey

When I got out of the pool and toweled off, I noticed the tattoo on my bicep had shrunk.

I have many tattoos, mostly of faded pinup girls, but this one is different: a brown and

black heart branded with the name of my first dog, Miss Lacey. A beagle. We got her from

the local dairy farm; I named her after my kindergarten teacher, who had a tender

nature and soulful brown eyes.

I told myself it would grow back to its normal size over time, then warned my daughter

not to dive so close to the shallow end.

 


This story was shortlisted in the June monthly micro fiction competition.

About the author: Caleb Bouchard lives in Atlanta, Georgia. His writing has recently appeared in Dead Skunk Mag, MORIA, The Pointed Circle, and Rejection Letters

Wind-trackers

Once a baby tornado crossed our path, torn from its mother’s side. She was a beauty, funnelling her tower of humid air to the cumulous clouds, havoc in her wake. Ed and I burnt rubber in the chase, our instruments winking as she shrieked through Corona County. Her baby swirled beside us, a ten-foot, dancing dervish of air and mortal dust. Just a wind-devil spitting shreds of matter sucked from its mother’s maw. I watched it swell, then suddenly, it died. As if she sensed it, mother swayed. Her funnel lost its grip on ground and sky, her motion gone.

 


This story was shortlisted in the June monthly micro fiction competition.

About the author: Jean Cooper Moran. A flash fiction fan based in a Gloucestershire forest, Jean is a scientist, poet and writer, just self-published her first novel. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies. In 2021 she won the Writers Bureau short story award. She was longlisted in ‘Retreat West’ micro-fiction in 2022. Yay.

Tiny Hands

You feel the swell, 

life’s e x p l o s i o n.

You come 

unstuck, 

wade – in – seas – of – unproductiveness. 

You wipe windows, wipe away, whitewash walls repeatedly, whitewash walls repeatedly, recycle paper, so much paper, paper in every shape and form, formless, full, flowing, overflowing…

You make space, 

fight for peace.

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You echo in the hollow, noise replaced by nothingness.

You stare at life outside, within walls void of anything.

You read newspapers every day then wish you never had.

You long for sticky fingerprints, for small creative hands.

You feel the passing, feel life shrink. 

 


This story was shortlisted in the June monthly micro fiction competition.

About the author: Claire Schön lives in Austria and escapes back to her mother tongue through her fiction writing. She has stories published with Funny Pearls, Fudoki Magazine, Blinkpot, Grindstone Literary and Reflex Fiction. She won Shooter Flash in January 2022 and Retreat West’s Pitch to Win for the novel she’s currently writing. @SchonClaire.