The 2021 summer long-list

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

Congratulations to all of the authors who reached the list and for all those who entered this round. 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 Migration by Lydia Benson

All the times we could have eaten fish together by Ruth Bradshaw

Beauty by Georgia Cook

Blue by John Barron

Cliff walking by Barnaby Davis

Corvid epidemic cure by Sharon Boyle

Dandelion & the trapeze event by Niamh MacCabe

Dog on balcony. No dog on balcony by Philip Carter

Every time I smell pineapple grilling by Brittany Terwilliger

Where the happiness goes by Paddy McKenna

Ice finger by Julie Evans

Masquerade Sarah Martin

Mothers’ ruin by Yvonne Clarke

Now you don’t Hazel Osmond

Convalescence by Matthew Tucker

Profit and loss by Kevin Cheeseman

Rules for boys at play by Erik Wijkström

The favourite place G.A Wolf

The wish by Kevin West

The wolf and the deer by Lucas Cammack

The Hornbeam’s lament by Helen Williams

The magical white canvas shoes by Gayathiri Dhevi Appathurai

The twelve days of Christmas by David McVey

The workday by Brian Gully

Twenty-one species of fish called Sardine by Rosaleen Lynch

Two sugars by Audrey Niven

Was you going somewhere nice? by Anthony Cartwright

What goes around by David Lewis

Touch me again before I die by David Lewis

When the Monster is Hungry by Holly Kybett-Smith

Whiskey to milk by Tracey-anne Plater

In the next few weeks, we will be announcing our shortlist and then our winners.

So watch this space! 

Our next competition will be opening on the 1 November 2021. So if you don’t find yourself on this list, we hope you’ll try again in our next competition and keep crafting your gems.

Published by FJ Morris

Author & Director of Oxford Flash Fiction Prize. West Country bumpkin who can't kill anything but characters. Loves to grow big stories and big plants. Always looking for omens and four leaf clovers.

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