Shortlist: Micro Fiction Writing Competition Round 4

Apologies for the lateness of this post. My usual writing time has been hijacked by my business…in a good way! Thing’s have really taken off and orders are coming in regularly. Unfortunately, it means a little less time for the blog than I would like. I always get there in the end though, and so without further adieu, let’s get to the announcement that everyone is waiting for.

This round of the micro-fiction competition has been a little disappointing. The quality of entrants was of course fantastic as always but numbers were extremely low. Even after extending the deadline, we only received 10 viable entries, i.e. entries that had paid the entrance fee, written about the chosen theme and followed all the rules of the competition. This left us with a bit of a conundrum. Do we short-list all 10 stories simply because they were valid for judging or re-run the competition? Neither option seemed very fair to those who entered nor provided ethical competition. So we came up with a third option.

We will announce 5 short-listed stories from this round, so 50% of the entries. This allows for some judging to actually take place. The 3 winners will be chosen from this list and once all 6 rounds of the micro-fiction competitions have been completed, we will choose another 5 stories from all the entrants of all 6 rounds (that we believe fit the theme of round 4) to be short-listed and included in the anthology.

Below, are our 5 short-listed stories. Winners will be announced once they have been contacted and we have received their bio’s and authors statements, so keep an eye on your inbox if your name is on the shortlist, because if your one of our top 3, we will be contacting you very shortly.

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Here are our 5 shortlisted stories in alphabetical order (please note the order has no bearing on placement):

  1. Daddy’s Girl – Laura Tapper, Great Britain
  2. Eleven Things I Hate and Love About My Step Mother – Michelle Christophorou, UK
  3. Insurance Policy – Nicola Ashbrook, Great Britain
  4. Tabula Rasa – Bayveen O’Connell, Ireland
  5. The Playground – Nancy Leinweber, Australia

Congratulations to all our winners, all of our short-listed stories will be published in our very first anthology sometime at the end of this year and all writers will receive a free digital copy.


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*UPDATE: Round 5 has begun. Details HERE!*

We will be taking a month’s break before starting our next competition, so check back in around 4 weeks for a new round. If you’re on our mailing list you will receive an email notification when the new round begins.

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