We are thrilled that micro fictions by five authors who won prizes, or were listed in our Bath Flash Fiction Awards 2018 and one winner from Ad Hoc Fiction were selected by guest editor, Dan Chaon from lists drawn up by series editors Meg Pokrass and Gary Fincke for their new anthology series Best Microfiction.
They are: Things Left and Found By The Side Of The Road by Jo Gatford, first prize winner of the February 2018 Award; Satin Nightwear for Women, Irregular By Elisabeth Ingram Wallace, commended in the February Award; Siren by Fiona J Mackintosh first prize winner of the October 2018 Award; Northern Lights by Tim Craig,third prize in the June Award; and Mr Rochester and I by Olga Dermott-Bond, longlisted in the June Award. The Ad Hoc Fiction winner chosen was Steven John’s micro A Brief History Of Time In Our House which won the Ad Hoc Fiction weekly contest in May 2018. Steven is our most prolific Ad Hoc Fiction winner. This micro is one of his six Ad Hoc wins since 2016. Massive congratulations to everyone. Each story is a little gem and we look forward to seeing them together with the other 79 micros in Best Microfiction when it is published later this year. We always nominate the winning stories from the three rounds of Bath Flash Fiction Award each year and selected winners from Ad Hoc Fiction for other yearly international anthologies. Because nomination numbers are limited we can’t add more micros from our short and longlists so it was great that the anthology scouts also picked up Olga’s marvellous longlisted micro.
This news came hot on the heels of the launch of Things Left And Found At The Side of The Road, Bath Flash Fiction Volume 3 on January 19th in Bath. All our Bath Flash Fiction Award winners and listed writers are published in our own international anthology as well, and by co-incidence Jo, Tim, and Olga came to read their micros. Jo’s is, of course, the title story of this latest anthology. Steven John was also there, reading Plant In Full Sun his micro published in the anthology.
We’ve added pictures of them reading and portraits of Fiona and Lis. If you want a chance of being nominated by us for Best MicroFiction and Best Small Fictions 2020 anthologies, do enter our Awards. All fifty longlisted stories from each of our three yearly competitions are published in our year end anthology in print and digital formats and are likely to be read by scouts looking for great examples of new flashfictions to be published elsewhere. The February Award closes in just one week, February 10th. We love to support our writers. And we love micro fiction! The worldwide readership is growing year by year with all these exciting new ventures.