‘Inventive, imaginative’ stories top flash fiction shortlist

Ten West Australian writers have been shortlisted in the 2022 Love to Read Local Flash Fiction Competition.

The competition, sponsored by Night Parrot Press and Raine Square in partnership with host Writing WA, invites writers to create an original 100-word piece of flash fiction inspired by the cover of a published book by a WA writer.

More than 100 entries were received in the popular competition, posing a tough task for judges Laura Keenan and Linda Martin of Night Parrot Press.

“We continue to be amazed by the talent and enthusiasm for writing flash fiction in WA,” Laura Keenan said.

“The entries this year were inventive, imaginative and, as always, entertaining.

“We were impressed by the compelling storylines and the understanding of the elements of flash fiction.

“The 10 shortlisted entries are the best examples of flash – concise, rich with narrative detail and with the right balance of implied and revealed information.”

The 10 shortlisted entries are by: Emily Tsokos Purtill, Alison Davis, Therese Edmonds, Aileen Boyer, Belinda Rowe, Barry Divola, Carolyn Parker, Melanie Cranenburgh, Jay Chesters and Coral Montero Lopez.

All of the 2022 competition entries can be read here.

The final winner and two place-getters will be announced at a special ‘Love to Read Local Week’ function on 10 June.


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