Thank you, thank you, a million times thank you to all the writers who submitted to our LGBTQ+ Fight Back Flash Competition. We had over 300 entries, raised £277.37 for MindOut, and your stories made us laugh, cry, and FEEL THINGS.
Over the last few weeks, our fine readers have read and re-read and argued and conflabbed a’plenty, and we’ve finally whittled the entries down to a longlist… The quality of writing was sky high and and man it was hard to choose.
(Pssst: if your story is on the longlist, shake yo thang, celebrate, post it up on social media, but please please please don’t say which one is yours as the judging process is still ongoing and all authors need to stay anonymous!)
So here they are. A grand total of 27 kickass longlisted stories full of feels and full of love. Congrats to the longlisters and big love to all who entered!
FROM LGBTQ+ WITH LOVE – THE LONGLIST
According to Persephone
All Good Things
From the Inside
If You See Her
Just Say Yes
Knit and Natter
Me and You and Her
My Girlfriend’s Face When She Says the Word Fuck is a Thing of Beauty
Old Lesbians in Full Negotiation or Rachel Maddow Please Come to the Point
On Love and Trees
Open Your Hands
S.H.I.T. She. He. I. Them.
The Beautiful Man is Not a Feckin’ Jessie
Two Teenage Months
Working Class Heroes
You and Her
We’ll be announcing the shortlist and winners in the new year once our eminent judges Kirsty Logan and Paul McVeigh have had a chance to make their final decisions. To stay updated, sign up to our newsletter and keep an eye ont socials…
ONE LAST REMINDER: Judging for the competition is blind, so if you’re on the longlist pleeeeease don’t disclose which story is yours or you may be excluded from the list. Thankyouplease.