Winners of the Fantastic Flashing comp

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Winners of the Fantastic Flashing comp

Many thanks to everyone that entered the competition to win a free or discounted place on the Fantastic Flashing course that’s running in September. I really enjoyed reading all of the stories prompted by the F word. I look forward to working with the four winning writers detailed below during the course and congratulations to them and all of the writers whose stories made the shortlist.


Winner: It Starts Here by Dave Murray

Love the feeling of this and how even in such a tiny word count repetition has been used to great effect. Great capturing of the end of a love affair.

Read it here



Winner: The Dare by Helen Chambers

Such an unexpected twist that works really well. So hard to pull off in a flash fiction. Great use of F words flowing all the way through.

Read it here



Runner-up: She Called It ‘Mauve’ by Jeanette Everson

Beautiful imagery and so much emotion is imbued in every line without ever tipping over into sentimentality. Felt so much bigger than just 200 words.

Read it here



Runner-up: Friday in the Firelight by Sally Zigmond

A real feeling of joy in this tiny story despite it being about a marriage break up and dementia. I felt transported to this tiny world.

Read it here




  • Frog Love by Sherry Morris
  • Little Fawn by Heather Walker
  • Past The Image by Abigail Rowe
  • The Flea, The Frog and the Fish by Rosaleen Lynch
  • White Picket Fence by Claire Jenkins

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Amanda is a novelist, short story writer and features journalist who started Retreat West in 2012.

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