The Weight of Feathers

An anthology of prize-winning short stories and flash fictions

The Weight of Feathers anthology contains the 20 shortlisted and winning flash fictions and short stories from the 2020 Retreat West Prize.

The beating wings of a trapped butterfly may hold the soul of a missing boy. The shadow of an owl on glass uproots long-repressed memories. A robin pecks at the ground in an unthinkable dystopia.

Let your imagination take flight as you soar through the stories in our latest prize-winning anthology, The Weight of Feathers.

Wildness, wonder, freedom, family, the ways in which we are made and broken are all explored in this fascinating collection of short fiction.  


Featuring winning stories from Jason Jackson, Jennifer Falkner, Holly Barratt, John Holland, E.E. Rhodes and Rebecca Netley, and a Highly Commended story from Morgan Quinn.

Shortlisted authors whose stories appear are: Peter Barnes, Rae Cowie, Jane Fraser, Emily Harrison, Henry Heffer, Jan Kaneen, Ali McGrane, Dan Micklethwaite, Corrina O’Beirne, Nastasya Parker, Charlie Swailes, Rhys Timson and Sherri Turner.

PUBLISHING ON 18TH SEPTEMBER AND LAUNCHING AT THE OPENING OF OUR ONLINE FLASH FEST WITH READINGS FROM THE PRIZE-WINNING WINNING stories from JASON JACKSON, Rebecca Netley, E. E. RHODES AND MORGAN QUINN. GET TICKETS HERE.

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