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Flash Fiction 500

The TSS Flash Fiction Competitions, 2017


Every quarter we will be publishing the best three winning Flash Fiction entries on our Short Fiction page. 

Next Deadline: 28th February 2017 (spring, 2017)

Wordcount: 500

Entry Fee: £5 

Results: Shortlist announced early March. Winners mid-March.

Prizes: 1st £75, 2nd £50, 3rd £25 

All three winners will be published online.

All shortlisted writers will receive feedback.

The shortlist is decided by the TSS panel. The three winners are chosen by our Flash Fiction judges, Meg Pokrass and Rupert Dastur. You can learn more about Meg here.

Enter HERE



TSS Flash Fiction Competition (winter, 2016)



1st Place  ‘Square of Light’ by Catherine Finch

This Saracen builder was indeed diligent.  He left few awkward edges, although I found them all when I scrutinised the intimate corners of my world.  Sometimes, in desperation for softness, I hurl my blanket across the floor and watch the fabric settle in folds and creases.

Comments: A sublime Flash Fiction that was absolutely pitch-perfect in tone and pace. It offered the raw, painful details within a beautiful poetry that was rhythmic, but concise. Offering a startlingly imaginative perspective that absolutely caught the mystery of the narrator’s loss and wonder.  



2nd Place  ‘The Caesarean’ by Sophie Van Llewyn

The baby boy’s wails merge with the strings, the horns and the trumpets in the background. It is the sublime crowning of Beethoven’s ode to the joy the mother will be feeling when the anaesthetic gas and the opiates wear off.

Comments: Gory, but tuneful. Sinister. Nothing is quite as it seems in this surgical ode whose sentences slice away at the reader’s expectations, adding dark details combined with a strong turn at the end. 


3rd Place  ‘Loved by Ramos’ by D. R. D. Bruton

When the show goes well, Ramos knows. He measures the show by the applause and the numbers of girls who come back to see him after. He signs their programmes, sometimes the backs of their hands or even their swollen titties if they lift their shirts.

Comments: A hard-nosed, fast-paced tone with a seductive narrator’s voice that drops the reader right in the middle of the setting. The language is tense and the entire Flash Fiction feels electric with possibility, while offering a strong undercurrent of pathos.



Ye Who Are Willing – Tamara Miles

Butterfly Net – Christopher Stanley

Square of Light – Catherine Finch

Pig Two – Sean Baker

The Caesarean – Sophie Van Llewyn

Loved by Ramos – D R D Bruton

Blind Man – Conor Houghton

A Stick – Paul McDonald

Step on a Crack – Neil Greybanks

The River – John Holland



Previous Winners of the TSS Flash Fiction Competitions

‘Each Family Meal an Opera’ by Kim French

‘The Best He Could Do’ by Brindley Hallam Dennis

‘At the Still Point, There the Dance Is’ by Barbara Renel

‘Crossing’ by Linda Grierson-Irish

‘The Lighthouse Keeper’ by Sandra Arnold
‘Unknown’ by Yasmin Keyani

‘Endangered’ by Christopher Stanley

‘Of Bugs and Men’ by Jacqueline Haskell 

‘Snow’ by Jason Jackson  

‘Spines’ by Paula Hunter

‘Seven Stages’ by Jasmin Kirkbride 

‘On Warren Ward’ by Fiona J. Mackintosh 

‘Lambs’ by Alison Wassell 

‘The Things You Said’ by Annelise Altman

‘Blood-ties’ by Marie Gethins

Previous Shortlisted writers for the TSS Flash Fiction Competitions

Kim French

Geraldine Terry

Alison Wasell

Neil Greybanks

John Holland

Peter Newall

Helen de Baorca

Linda Grierson-Irish

P. W. Jackson

Pia Ghosh-Roy

Sandra Arnold

Michael Thompson

Christopher Stanley

P. J. Stephenson

Sally Lane

Yasmin Keyani

Chris Heywood

Sarah Hitchcock

Chris Hitchcock

Jeanette Sheppard

Jan Kaneen

Sally Lane

Lee Hamblin

Alison Bacon

Jason Jackson

Ceri Lowe-Petraske

Fiona Kyle

Catherine McNamara

Linda Hartley

Alyson Rhodes

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Jan Kaneen

Tracy Fells

Colin Watts

Sarah Muldowney