Well, we've finally made it through to the other side, and now we are able to announce the stories which have made it into this year's National Flash-Fiction Day anthology.
We received nearly 500 stories (168,000 words, or thereabouts) and these are the 50 which made it in. So, if you were unsuccessful, please take comfort that it was a difficult decision from a large field of excellent work. The ones that we picked are the stories we felt would make the most compelling compendium, and a great snapshot of current flash-fiction.
To those of you who made it in: Congratulations!
As well as the stories listed below, the anthology will include the 10 micro-fiction competition winners, plus a range of commissioned stories from some truly exceptional writers.
The anthology doesn't have a name yet, but we hope to announce it very soon, and it will be on sale on National Flash-Fiction Day at the event in Bristol (and possibly elsewhere) as well as online in paper and e-book formats.
Anyway, with no further waffle, here are the stories which will soon be printed up and bound for your edification.
Alison Wassell - Pub Quiz
Amanda Saint - Purple with a Purpose
Anne Elizabeth Weisgerber - Theseus in Belleville
Bernard O'Rourke - About Unemployment and Rats
Catherine Edmunds - Kittiwakes
Catherine McNamara - The Vineyard
Charley Karchin - A Marionettist’s Musings While on a Park Bench
David Cook - Pigeon English
Diane Simmons - A Collection
Emily Devane - Bubblegum Barbie
Fiona J. Mackintosh - Latchkey
Frankie McMillan - Burning Faith
Ingrid Jendrzejewski - When Dreams are Large and Tusked
Jan Carson - Little Ghosts
Jane Roberts - Map Reading
Jeanette Sheppard - Kelly Loves Traffic Light Jelly
Jennifer Harvey - 424 Likes
John Holland - Sunday Morning
Jon Stubbington - A Box of Stars Beneath the Bed
Jonathan Pinnock - Family Values
Joy Myserscough - I Go on the Morrow to Murder the King
Jude Higgins - What the therapist said
Judy Darley - Flying Ant Day
K M Elkes - Three Kids, Two Balloons
Kaitlyn Johnson - Sushi and Kitty Cats
Laura Tickle - Fish Supper
Marie Gethins - Manspreading
Michelle Elvy - How To Make Lolo
Beverly C. Lucey - Gregor Samsa Quits the Track Team
Nina Lindmark Lie - And the Red Flower
Poppy O’Neill - Injuries in Dust
Rhoda Greaves - Cold Hands
Rowan Hisayo Buchanan - What We Threw Into the Lake
Ruth McKee - Bocca Baciata
Safia Moore - When She Was Good
Sal Page - Marzipan Bride and Groom
Sally Burnette - Hornet’s Nest
Sharon Telfer - Health and Pleasure, Glorious Sea!
Sherri Turner - In the Café
Tracy Fells - Miss Scarlet in the Shed
Vivien Jones - Misunderstanding