The 2023 winter long-list

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We are thrilled to announce our long-list for the winter Oxford Flash Fiction Prize 2023.

Congratulations to all of the authors who reached the list and for all those who entered this round. As always, we saw a wonderful range of experience, 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.


  • 2 Albyn Place 
  • A taste of honey 
  • After that it was all downhill 
  • All the cunning weapons of a ninja 
  • Along sectarian lines
  • Baby chick flutters on the asphalt 
  • Bulldozer 
  • City rat 
  • Emergency contact 
  • End of the road
  • Hands and voices 
  • Happy little accidents 
  • His newest and most pristine copy 
  • Honeymoon on Lake Constance with Virginia Woolf 
  • In all its haunting 
  • Love lessons from a chameleon 
  • Magic bloody mountain 
  • Mara grass 
  • Popman’s bin 
  • Roadside healing  
  • Salmon
  • Shipmate 
  • Shipping forecast 
  • Sound-proof room 
  • Starlings 
  • Stop-start 
  • The capitalists 
  • The last cigarette in Los Angeles
  • The price of fish 
  • The shark 
  • The things my sister gave me 
  • The usual  
  • Thin ice 
  • Tiger mum 
  • Fran’s first day at nursery 
  • Needles and ink 
  • Per aspera ad astra 
  • Grapefruit in June 
  • Splintered 
  • The last tundra tour guide 
  • Butter is bread 
  • The magician’s assistant 
  • In all the loveless places 
  • Moments of intimacy eastbound
Thank you to our donors

In the next week, we will be announcing our shortlist, who will be awarded publication and either a year of Art & Flash workshops, or 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! 

We have exciting news for our next competition, which will be opening on the 1 June 2023. So if you don’t find yourself on this list, we hope you’ll try again in our next competition and keep crafting.

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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