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Spring 2017 Long-List

Thanks to everyone who entered our inaugural competition. We received 1,124 entries from seventy different countries; a truly international competition.

Below, we’ve compiled a long-list of fifty-six stories. If you made the long-list, you’re among the top 5%; a significant achievement. Congratulations!

If your story is on the long-list and you ticked the permission box, your story will be published on the website between May 10 and June 30. If you didn’t tick the box, your story will only be published if you’ve won a prize. Feel free to send us a message and we’ll let you know if your story is going to be published.

Before we start publishing the long-listed stories, we’ll publish some of our favourites that didn’t quite make the long-list. We’ll be emailing the authors of these stories today to let them know.

Here’s the Spring 2017 publishing schedule in full:

  • April 1–May 9: Stories that just missed the long-list
  • May 10–June 27: Non-winning long-listed stories
  • June 28: Third place story
  • June 29: Second place story
  • June 30: First place story

Don’t forget, the Summer 2017 competition is now open for entries. We’ve increased the value of our prizes tenfold and have flash fiction aficionado Vanessa Gebbie picking the winners.

Spring 2017 Long-List

A Fairytale by Catherine Cruse

A Father’s Gift by Jane Lomas

A Practiced Silence by Christopher Allen

Abby and Al in the Desert, Together by Annie Dawid

Adam by Charlotte Newman

Addendum to the Art Loss Register by Heather McQuillan

Barely Casting a Shadow by Alicia Bakewell

Canoe by Steven John

Chips by Oliver Barton

Crib Champion by Jill Talbot

Dead and Buried by Alison Powell

Deprivation by Juliet Staveley

Desert Flower by Diane D Gillette

Dogs by Catherine Edmunds

Glossy Magazines With Coffee Stains by Mara Buck

Green Thumb by Mureall Hebert

How to Lie by Naomi Shuyama

Human, Nature by Caitlin Stobie

Immigrant Song by Patrick May

Jack’s Predicament by Kayla Pongrac

Jellyfish by Kate Jones

Ladies Night by Deborah Gang

Ladybird by Alan Beard

Light from Above by Matthew Roy Davey

Little Button by S A Stockmeister

Lost Girl by Daniel Jervis

Mara’s Blood Fingers by T D Edge

Midsummer’s Eve by Ros Collins

Muchacho by Joe Eurell

My Loneliness by Reno Evangelista

Naked on the Train by Tom O’Brien

Never Bigger Than an Orange by Stephanie Hutton

No Mirrors by Lindsay Bamfield

Not Going Out by Emma Dykes

Numbers by Sibéal Devilly

On Consignment by Marjorie Thomsen

Only by Nkone Chaka

Outside the Big Top by S D Pitman

Sarah by Dave Clark

Strawberry Jam by Emily Green

Surrendering Camille by Stephen Mander

The Husband Who Went for a Walk by Janelle Hardacre

The Jump by Tobias Baudry

The Rain Around Here by Rachel Smith

The River in Her by Jenn Hollmeyer

The Valley by John Holland

The Way We Weren’t by Christina Dalcher

The Window by Lee Hamblin

Then It Was Autumn Again by Sherri Turner

This Is Not Who We Are by Stacy Trautwein Burns

Today I Will Wear the Blue Cotton by D R D Bruton

Unremarkable Remarkable First Encounters by Brianna Bullen

Vessels by Susan E Barsby

Waiting for Spring by Sophie Petrie

What the Garden Knows That the Summit Doesn’t by Melissa Fu

When Is It Time to Go Home? by Ellan

Published in Spring 2017


  1. david susswein david susswein

    jill talbot should have won!

  2. Echebiri Chiaka Martin Echebiri Chiaka Martin

    I am really happy for the stories that made it to the long list.

    Congratulations to all of you. I hope to make it to the list next time.

  3. Echebiri Chiaka Martin Echebiri Chiaka Martin

    Really happy for all the authors that were long listed. I hope to make it next time.

    Congratulations to all of you.

  4. Many thanks indeed for the long listing. I hope I ticked the publication box.

    John Holland

    • Reflex Fiction Reflex Fiction

      Yes, you did. Thanks. [We’ve since added a note to the entry confirmation email so people have that info to hand.]

  5. Paddy Dean Paddy Dean

    Congratulations to all the long listers

  6. Azubuike Okpala Azubuike Okpala

    Good one. Congrats people. I hope I make it in the next edition

  7. Lovely to be on the long-list. Thank you. Like John earlier, I hope I ticked the publication box!

    • Reflex Fiction Reflex Fiction

      Yes, Catherine, you did.

  8. Michael Mbegbu Michael Mbegbu

    Congratulations to everyone that made the long list.
    Well done.
    I would love to know my position so as to improve on my writing next time.

  9. Kimberly Plasket Kimberly Plasket

    Congratulations to all who made the long list. You deserve it

  10. Juliet Staveley Juliet Staveley

    So exciting to have made the long list!

    Please can you kindly confirm that I ticked the box for publication?

    Thanks muchly.

    • Reflex Fiction Reflex Fiction

      Yes, Juliet, you did.

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