Announcing our top ten flash fiction entries
We are delighted to announce the ten stories which will feature in our Flash Fiction series.
It was wonderful to read all your stories, which came from far and wide, covering subjects philosophical, comical, theatrical, mythological and technological, in all kinds of forms and styles.
There was a huge range of subjects this year—and while the influx of pandemic writing has stemmed its flow, stories were more concerned than ever about the direction our world is taking.
The anxiety of our times was clear in this round’s submissions, but there was also laughter, small conversations that make the world a brighter place, and lessons to be found in creatures big and small.
Each of the top ten stories will be published in Books Ireland—and in addition each of the ten winners will receive a €30 gift card from National Book Tokens.
Congratulations to all ten writers, and to those on the shortlist!
Top Ten Flash Fiction
Small Lanterns, by Beth Kilkenny
Haunted, by Claire Hennessy
The Folly, by Sheena Power
The Reminiscing of a Student House, by Lorna McGrath
The Life and Times of Steve McQueen, by Jennifer McMahon
Warmth, by Fiona McKay
The Scar That Runs Through Your Bottom Lip, by Alison Wassell
Klepto’s Week, by Bryan Conlon
Woodlice Lessons, by Claire Kieffer
The Food Truck, by Terry Kerins
How Not to Break Up in Paris, by Emma Phillips
Bittersweet Caroline, by Paul Lenehan
Sister-in-Law, by Ciaran Buckley
Corpsing, by Dara Kavanagh
Anger to Order, by Séamus Mcnally
Angel Wing, by Judy Darley
Rosa at Garryvoe, January 22, by Susan Lanigan
Cold, by Christina Hession
All the Cunning Weapons of a Ninja, by Jennifer McMahon
Final Answer, by Hugh Bradley
Presto, by Matthew Walsh
Mini Break, by Catherine Crichton
Existential Dread in a Pub Toilet, by Milly Burke Cunnigham
Now, I Am, by Luke Condon
How to Write Plain English, by Chris Cottom
Failed Attempt, by Daragh Flemming
His Ravenous Hope, by Malina Douglas