Drumroll please…

After much deliberation, much love, and much excited squeeing, we have in our hands the winning stories from our Fight Back Flash Competition

Gird your goshdarn loins – here are the top four, as chosen Judges Kirsty Logan and Paul McVeigh, and their thoughts on each story:


Buzzcut by Scarlet Gonzalez

“Wonderful prose, and the story is a rollercoaster; our understanding of what’s happening constantly shifts until right at the end, and the last line is a real gut-punch. It’s not easy to write about such emotional topics without being melodramatic, and it’s beautifully handled.”


Just Say Yes by Charlie Brodie

“Wonderful humour with a smart subversion of reader expectations. Also, the romance is so sweet and believable.”


Plaintiffs by Rose Himber Howse

“This was the most complex and clever of the stories. It’s a novel’s worth of narrative and character, packed into perfectly-chosen sentences.”


Groceries by Tania Hershman

“Funny and sweet with beautifully lean prose. It comes at a potentially heavy subject with levity and humour.”

Mahoosive congratulation to all our longlisted, shortlisted, and winning writers. We cannot frickin’ wait to publish the shortlisted stories on our website verrrrry soon… (Deets’ll be in your inbox shortly, peeps!)

Speaking of which, anonymity is finally over and we can happily reveal the rest of the brilliant authors on our shortlist:

All Good Things by Hetty Mosforth

Girls by Rae Theodore

Knit and Natter by Sara Hodgkinson

Me and You and Her by Lizzie Ferenczy

S.H.I.T. She. He. I. Them. by Tallulah Harvey

The Beautiful Man is Not a Feckin’ Jessie by Lucy Grace

Thank you once again to everyone who entered and donated to MindOut, our brilliant judges, and our fantastic team of readers. It has been a JOY.

And, if you’re ready to do it all over again, it just so happens that our brand spanking new Flash Quarterly Contest is now open for submissions… Get to it.

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