Drum. Roll. Please.
After many long nights of heated discussion, razor-sharp literary discourse, fierce-but-polite disagreement, and an eventual unanimous coming together of minds, our judges have decided…
We have a longlist.
We have a shortlist.
We have a top three.
And we are VERY so VERY much VERY excited to share them with you:
THE WHQ FLASH QUARTERLY CONTEST
Fever by Claire Carroll
Scanning the Sea by Hetty Mosforth
Making Antiques by Ned Carter Miles
Conversations Underwater by Sigrid Daniel
Downwards, and with the Stream (The Cove) by Isadore Auerbach George
I Wanted to be a Female Animator by Suzanne E. Jennett
Inside This Standing Stone by Amy B. Moreno
Octopuses Change Colour When They Dream by Sarah McPherson
Sea Change (The Pool) by Hannah Allies
What Kera Sees by Lisa Heidle
And let’s have another shout out to our fabulous LONGLIST:
A Mystery for the Militia (The Smuggling Pharaoh) by Kathryn Barton
Catching Clouds by Clarissa Angus
Christmas, Post by Jeanna Skinner
Drowning by Sarah Alcock
Flying North by Mariah Rigg
His Best Jumper by Rebecca Bailey
In Which, Magic by Michele Reisinger
It Started With Lemons by Jenny Rowe
Lame Duck by Suzanne E. Jennett
My Tatelah by Annie Dawid
Prologue (Across Seven Seas) by Jessica Tickell
Huge, great, enormous, endless congratulations and thanks to all our longlisted, shortlisted and winning stories! And thanks to everyone who submitted to all of our Flash Quarterly contests – it’s been a pleasure reading your work and discovering so many brilliant new voices.
The shortlisted and winning stories are now up on our site for your reading pleasure HERE, and we’re working on releasing a print anthology containing all the stories from our 2019 competitions later this year.