The 2021 winter long-list

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We are thrilled to announce our long-list for the Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2021.

Congratulations to the all the authors who reached the top 5% of entries in the Prize. We saw a wonderful range of genres, topics and stories from all over the world and it was hugely competitive. Many wonderful stories just missed the final list.

If your story is listed, please do not identify which story belongs to you, as the judges are hard at work making their decisions. We will be contacting you soon regarding our end of year anthology.


  • A drag queen named Lipstik by Conor Duggan
  • Babalawo by Ayemhenre Okosun
  • Barking mad by Richard Frost
  • Burning Love by Marie Day
  • Connie by Linda Morse
  • Drone Dominion by George Honiball
  • Fearful symmetry by Holly Barratt
  • The ocean he poured inside by Patrick Clarke
  • Flashes by Conor Montague
  • For the love of plantains by Cornerlis Affre
  • Let’s pretend by Frances Gapper
  • Let’s pretend (2) by E.E. Rhodes
  • Milestones by Frances Gapper
  • Mornings were for milk by Jean Murray
  • My philosophical invention by Salah Golandami
  • My Broken Nose by Simon Harris
  • Nine hundred words on our transformations by David Hartley
  • No-one’s dream by Benjamin Britworth
  • Procrastination by Helen Rushworth
  • Rainbows in a jar by Abigail Johnson
  • Ready the heart by Lynsey May
  • Schrödinger’s Doves by Louise Mills
  • Show your colours by Sarah McPherson
  • Skin by Daniel Draper
  • Someone like you by Clare Marsh
  • Some small change by Thomas Moody
  • Something’s going on in the staircase by Esther González
  • Spent matches by Talis Johnson
  • Sticks and stones by Elizabeth Smith
  • Tempus Ferriviaria by Kim Donovan
  • The Longest day by Susan Wigmore
  • The lover by Paul Jackson
  • The mud by Michelle Donkin
  • The Mycologist by Louis Rossi
  • Virus by Rose New

We hope to have our shortlist for you next week, and our winners by 1 March.

Our next competition will be opening on the 1 May 2021. Soon, we will also be announcing more prizes as part of the summer competition, providing more opportunities to win and more rewards for those who enter.

One of the hardest things in the world is to convey a meaning accurately from one mind to another.

Lewis Carroll

So if you don’t find yourself on this list, we hope you’ll try again in our next competition.

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