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Flash Fiction (5 minute reads or less)

Altercation

Fictive Dream (Biffy 50 Nomination)

"From its cutting edge, the shards of an onion dribble onto the worktop; sliced like rose petals; like tear drops; like acid rain."

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And Then, Ephemeral

"Unfurling, its pairs of legs judder into subconscious action. Spines bristle outwards. Its segmented body wriggles across the leaf."

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Blue Over Pink

Spelk

"A metropolis of vinyl-floor streets; quasi-buildings in Day-Glo cardboard; polyethylene windows into homes for puppets and dolls."

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Casanova's Mistress

Bath Flash Fiction (Long List)

"She is afraid of emptiness. He says he isn’t afraid of anything but that isn’t true. He is afraid of slithering things."

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Constellations

The Drabble

"The inner cavern is a spiral galaxy of planets and stars. It pulses like a bullfrog’s throat – alive but dying."

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Life at the Colliery

FlashBack Fiction

"It’s dark. Darker than coal. Darker than Ma’s eyes when I came home caked in mud after football on the common."

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a list of things that are white

Fictive Dream

"in the chapel, the chaplain’s cassock; her teeth, enamelled gravestones that bite words in half."

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Punctuation Marks in an Unknown Key

Reflex Press (Long List)

"Morning. Post-wake-up kiss. Stretch. Shower. Dress. Lingering gaze in your direction as I leave the bedroom."

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Rag-doll and Puppet-man

Bath Flash Fiction (Long List)

"Rag-doll skitters into the kitchen where she melts cheese strings over Doritos in the microwave."

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Stepping Out

Bending Genres

"My second first steps are like a walrus in stilettos. Quick, slow, quick, quick, slow. Jelly legs buckling at the knees."

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Short Stories (5-20 minute reads)

An Adverb Reacted Wearily

Queen Mob's Teahouse

"It was a morning for seizing the proverbial bull by the proverbial horns."

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All the Pieces of Shattered Glass

Storgy

"Clock ticking. Temperature below the acceptable minimum and not even the slightest sign of the heating..."

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La Maldadita

The Cabinet of Heed

"Other times, I dream of anthropomorphic octopi who wear polka dot swimsuits and sip paper-umbrella-accessorised mojitos."

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Red Route

"The dull thumping of rubber against asphalt. Repetitively rhythmic as my trainers hit the slick surface of the pot-holed pavement."

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The Wall

Collective Unrest

"It sprung up overnight. Unexpected, it stood there as we all opened our curtains, bleary-eyed, in the morning. A divider line."

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Under an Aurora Sky

Lucent Dreaming

"Sometimes, an animal takes form within one of the little clouds, or a person, or even a landscape—places away from the harsh expanse..."

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