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