The 2022 summer long-list

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We are thrilled to announce our long-list for the summer Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2022.

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 and for those we have permission to email – we will be letting you know! 

If your story is listed, please do not identify which story belongs to you, as the judges are hard at work making their decisions.


  • 1974
  • A boy named blue
  • A Crossing
  • A Thin Line
  • Aching bones
  • Across the lake
  • All my faces
  • Amy
  • An Orange Wool Identity
  • Comparative advantage
  • Compost
  • Dance Out Your Grief
  • Darlin’ Nate
  • Dinosaur bones
  • Fortune’s Fool
  • Four people
  • Goose
  • Gorgo down under
  • How to spend more time with your father
  • Indian smile
  • Let’s say
  • Life in the Meta
  • Like Molly Ringwald in the Breakfast Club
  • My name is Alice
  • Our Unprecedented Tranquillity
  • Perfect Petersons
  • The Anatomy of Arriving
  • The Awakening
  • The Bower
  • The Kuklops
  • The Land Where Her Ancestors Live
  • The Letter
  • The Music Makers
  • The Other People
  • The Plan
  • The Poisoners Apprentice
  • The Rainbow Poncho
  • Timing
  • Too Soon, Too Late

In the next few weeks, we will be announcing our shortlist, who will be awarded publication in our next anthology and a four-week workshop called Dust Off Those Drafts with The Flash Cabin. They will get four weeks of feedback exchange and story revision (includes 20 revision exercises & 20 study stories) with Anika Carpenter.

So watch this space! 

Our next competition will be opening on the 1 November 2022. So if you don’t find yourself on this list, we hope you’ll try again in our next competition and keep crafting.

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