2017 Flash Fiction Competition – LongList Announced

The Casket of Fictional Delights

2017 Flash Fiction Competition LongList Announced

The Casket of Fictional Delights is delighted to announce the publication of the LongList for the 2017 Flash Fiction Competition.  The list is available on The Casket of Fictional Delights website Competitions page.  The list consists of titles only in order to maintain anonymity.  Good Luck to all those on the LongList.  Winners will be announced in September.


Thank you everyone who entered the 2017 Flash Fiction Competition.  If you have not been successful this time there will be another opportunity next year, the 2018 Flash Fiction Competition will open for submissions on 17th March 2018.

This year’s judge is award-winning writer Kit De Waal.


  • The winning flash fiction receives a £150 prize.
  • The top three flash fictions will be published on The Casket of Fictional Delights.
  • The top 10 flash fictions will be professionally recorded and broadcast as a special audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, TuneIn and Stitcher.

Competition Longlist and Other Stories

Hello from all at Short Fiction

We are thrilled to announce this year’s competition longlist, which you can see here. Huge congratulations to all who made the cut, and thank you to everyone who entered – some 450 stories.
The shortlist will be announced on Friday 16th June, the winner shortly after.

A bit of an announcement… A little heavy-hearted, but we’ve concluded that Issue 10 will be our final print edition. It’s been an amazing journey, one we owe most thanks to founding editor Anthony Caleshu. In ten years we’ve published around 120 short stories from across the world, discovering along the way some fabulous new voices, writers who have gone on to great literary successes. It’s been a delight to edit their work, to commission illustrations to accompany it. A glance at our back issues are, we hope, testament to the quality of fiction we’ve put out there.


In short the literary journal is a niche publication, one that must constantly battle for existence, and although we will continue to publish fiction online, to grow our archive of stories, we are no longer in a position to put out a physical book. We thank you all for your support over the years – some of you might even possess all ten issues – and by way of gratitude, we’ve reduced the last box of Issue 10s to just £5 each. So if you want to grab a piece of history, best be quick.

Our ever popular short story masterclass continues online, a 5-week course you can sign up for here. More and more of our students are seeing work written here published, including in one case an entire collection. Next course kicks off on June 18th and dates for future ones will appear soon.

There remains some wonderfully innovative journals out there, their presence vital in the unveiling of exciting new voices, authors who may never emerge without them, so we urge you to support them when you can.

For now, in terms of things you can touch and feel, farewell…

Tom Vowler

Longlist for Hilary Mantel Competition and Shortlist for Bonnie Greer Competition

Longlist for the 2014 Kingston Writing School Hilary Mantel Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the thirty writers of the following longlisted stories:

Dirty Ink
Dog Days
Don’t Look Down
Fortuna Street
Fresh, Cold, and Most Importantly, Whole
Full of Grace
His Father’s Son
House of Dust
Household Gods
It’s a Luxury to Cry
One Day in Sarajevo
Piece by Piece by Piece
Rag Doll People
Rivers are Damp
Rosa and Kelsey
Season’s End
Small Deaths
Soft Shoes
The Thousand Yard Memory
The Beasts of the Earth Will Adore Him
These Silver Fish
Water Bull Ride
What Lies Beneath
What the Wind Brings
Witching Hour

A shortlist of ten stories will be officially announced on October 31.

Hilary Mantel will publicly announce the first prize and two runners up prizes at a daytime award ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on December 5.

Shortlist for the 2014 KUP Bonnie Greer Stories to Read Aloud Competition

Congratulations to the eight writers of the following shortlisted stories:

A Tired Person Can Sleep Anywhere


Dad and the Romans

Living in the Toilets

Muddy Love

The Catch

The GSOH Index


The stories of the three finalists will be read aloud at a public award ceremony in Kingston-upon-Thames on the evening of December 5. Bonnie Greer will select the winner following the readings and present the prizes.