Competition entries

Love to Read Local Flash Fiction Competition 2022.

The Love to Read Local Flash Fiction Competition invites West Australian writers to create an original, 100 word flash fiction inspired by the cover of a published book by a WA writer. You can now read each of the 2022 competition entries below.

Huge congratulations to the 10 writers who were shortlisted in the competition: Emily Tsokos Purtill, Alison Davis, Therese Edmonds, Aileen Boyer, Belinda Rowe, Barry Divola, Carolyn Parker, Melanie Cranenburgh, Jay Chesters and Coral Montero Lopez. Their shortlisted entries appear at the top of this page below with all other entries following.

At a special function hosted on 10 June it was announced that the winning authors and entries were:
1st Prize - Barry Divola for Forget Inc.
2nd Prize - Emily Tsokos Purtill with for Goodbye.
3rd Prize - Jay Chesters for The Big Adventure Starts Here.

The Flash competition is generously supported by Raine Square and Night Parrot Press.

Heather Wallace


Look Smart
Father loved looking smart. He constantly told me "you must always be well turned out my boy." During National Service,...

Shaz Jones


A Soul Rewinding
Warm sand at Cottesloe made it bittersweet to remember Paul lovingly clanking his wrench on freezing copper pipes teasing out...

David Allan-Petale


The Only Warm Place
He wanders into the book shop with no purpose in mind but to browse. Just him and the girl behind...

Lee Reader


The End
Instinctively, he looks into the man’s eyes. Squinting, sunglasses reflect the shadow of licking sunlight. The band of his middle...

Rosie Sitorus


My mother’s tongue
My mother speaks a tongue that doesn’t know my soft palate or my alveolar ridge.. She’s in my dreams, the...

Ali Hitchcock


My Little Boat
The rocking always spirited me into a dreamy sleep. It's one of the reasons I loved my little boat. The...

Bonnie Christian


Is that you?
She’s been marking tracks around the lake, searching. The dragonflies dart by, madly. Hello? She whispers. A turtle trudges across...

Bec Curtin


Unchanged
Shouldn’t his reflection change? A crumpled car. Whisky emanating from his sharp breaths. The mother holding a cold, still child....

Lorraine Horsley


The Release
The blue balloon, too cheerful by far, freed from her hand, lifts and shimmies on an eddy of breeze. She...

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