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SECOND TEARS IN THE FENCE FLASH FICTION COMPETITION

Tears in the Fence is delighted to announce that the winners of the Second Flash Fiction Competition were as follows:

First Prize to ‘Aran’ by Sheila Mannix,
Second Prize to ‘A Bonfire of Vanities’ by Keith Walton,
Third Prize to Claire Polders’ ‘Snapshots of Yesterday’s Tomorrow’
Highly Commended ‘Metal Diana’ by Ren Watson.

All four flash fictions will appear in Tears in the Fence 66, due out in early August 2017. Many congratulations to our winners.

There were 39 entries in the Tears in the Fence Flash Fiction Competition, which was judged anonymously by three adjudicators. There was a highly sophisticated range of focused and striking flash fictions with the initial long list being marginally more refined than the other entries. Many entries showed the signs of being well considered and crafted. The adjudicators were looking to be impressed by an opening up of the possibilities of the form and to fully enter some divergent fictional world. They found many entries to be vital and fully realised.

The adjudicators long lists were remarkably similar and included the following entries:

Ren Watson’s ‘The Spy’, ‘When In Flight’ and ‘Metal Diana’, C.M. Buckland’s ‘Grand Départ’, David Clarke’s ‘The Look’, Gwen Sayers’ ‘Foxtrot’, Sherri Turner’s ‘Ashes to Ashes’ and ‘Swap Your Life’, Claire Polders’ ‘Snapshots of Yesterday’s Tomorrow’ and ‘Ignorance’, Sheila Mannix’s ‘Aran’ and Keith Walton’s ‘A Bonfire of Vanities’.

Congratulations to all those whose work was noted by the adjudicators.

The final short list comprised ‘Metal Diana’, ‘The Look’, ‘Snapshots of Yesterday’s Tomorrow’, ‘Ignorance’, ‘Aran’ and ‘A Bonfire of Vanities’.

PRIZES

First Prize of £200, Second Prize of £150 and Third Prize of £100. The winners and other highly commended entries will be published in issue 66.

DEADLINE

The competition will open on 8th April 2017 and close on 27th May 2017. Winning entrants will be announced on the Tears in the Fence website https://tearsinthefence.com/flashfiction site on 24th June 2017.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions may be done on http://tearsinthefence.com or by post to Tears in the Fence
Flash Fiction Competition, Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA, England.

RULES AND GUIDELINES

All entries must be unpublished and 400 words or less and the original work of the author.

There is no set Theme.

There is no limit to the number of entries that one person may submit.

Entries may not be submitted elsewhere for the duration of the competition.

This competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years.

The editors of Tears in the Fence will judge this competition.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All entries will be judged anonymously and considered for publication.

Please do not put your name, address, email or any identifying marks on the Word or rtf document in which you enclose your flash fiction.

No entry form is required.

Please enter by email to tearsinthefence@gmail.com through the Submissions page on the magazine’s website or post to Tears in the Fence with a separate covering letter and appropriate fee.

Fees

Entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5 for a single submission, £7.50 for two and £10 for three. More than three flash fictions should be made on another entry.

Entries are only included in the competition when payment is received by PayPal, follow the instructions on the DONATE button on the magazine’s website, or by cheque, made out to Tears in the Fence.

TEARS IN THE FENCE FLASH FICTION COMPETITION RESULTS

Tears in the Fence is delighted to announce that the winners of its first Flash Fiction Competition are as follows:

First Prize: Many a Pearl is Still Hidden in the Oyster by Ingrid Jendrzejewski
Second Prize: To Thee Do We Send Up Our Sighs by Niamh McCabe
Third Prize: Coeval by Jackie Sullivan
Highly Commended: Found in the Street by James Bell.

Congratulations to the winners. Their flash fiction will appear in Tears in the Fence 65, due out in February.

The Tears in the Fence Flash Fiction Competition was judged anonymously by three judges. The judges were looking for inventive use of the form and to be drawn into and surprised by a fictional world. There were many striking and moving entries with some unusual plots and arcs. Many entries combined strong characterisation with unpredictable plots. Each judge produced a long list and then a short list. A great many entries made the long lists indicating that the general standard of entries was fairly even. From the combined shortlists a final shortlist emerged, which each judge reread and produced a top five. From the top fives and an agreed top four emerged.

Amongst the flash fiction in the first short lists were:

Flashlight For A Fraud by Philip Beverley, Sudden Impact by Phil Knight, Danger Free by Ren Watson, The Phone Box by Guy Mavor, Remembrance by Claydon Iles, Peeling Potatoes by Sherri Turner, The Yellow Kitchen by Maureen Wells, The Third Moon by Keith Walton, Overtures by C.M. Buckland, A Place For Everything by Alison Moore, The Weekly Phone Call by Diane Simmons, The Irreversibility of Change by Charlotte McCallum, Penance by Carolyn Carter, Newton’s Cradle by Keith Walton, and Creams, Needles by Jackie Sullivan.

The only entry to appear in all three short lists was To Thee Do We Send Up Our Sighs showing how open and wide the judges cast their nets.

The final shortlist was suitably diverse with many unpredictable stories and comprised of the following entries:

Strange Creatures by Keith Walton, Those Little Details by Ren Watson, Too Close for Comfort by Emma Norry, A Fine Goodbye by Ren Watson, Ten Ways to Prepare for Your Brothers’ Visit by Judith Higgins, Molly and the Toe Rag by Catherine Edmunds, Found In The Street by James Bell, Campanula Capratica by Phil Knight, To Thee Do We Send Up Our Sighs by Niamh MacCabe, Then It Was Autumn Again by Sherri Turner, Many a pearl is still hidden in the oyster by Ingrid Jenrzejewski, Spy Film by Alan Beard, Ladybird by Alan Beard, Snowdrop by Jacqueline Haskell, Jack’s Hat by Robert Vas Dias, and Coeval by Jackie Sullivan.

Congratulations to all those whose work was noted by the judges.

First Prize of £200, Second Prize of £150 and Third Prize of £100. The winners and other highly commended entries will be published in issue 65.

DEADLINE

The competition will open on 1st October 2016 and close on 19th November 2016. Winning entrants will be announced on the Tears in the Fence website https://tearsinthefence.com/flashfiction site on 7th January 2017.

SUBMISSIONS

Submissions may be done on http://tearsinthefence.com or by post to Tears in the Fence
Flash Fiction Competition, Portman Lodge, Durweston, Blandford Forum, Dorset DT11 0QA, England

RULES AND GUIDELINES

All entries must be unpublished and 400 words or less and the original work of the author.

There is no set Theme.

There is no limit to the number of entries that one person may submit.

Entries may not be submitted elsewhere for the duration of the competition.

This competition is open to anyone over the age of 16 years.

The editors of Tears in the Fence will judge this competition.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

All entries will be judged anonymously and considered for publication.

Please do not put your name, address, email or any identifying marks on the Word or rtf document in which you enclose your flash fiction.

No entry form is required.

Please enter by email to tearsinthefence@gmail.com through the Submissions page on the magazine’s website or post to Tears in the Fence with a separate covering letter and appropriate fee.

Fees

Entries must be accompanied by submission fees of £5 for a single submission, £7.50 for two and £10 for three. More than three flash fictions should be made on another entry.

Entries are only included in the competition when payment is received by PayPal, follow the instructions on the DONATE button on the magazine’s website, or by cheque, made out to Tears in the Fence.

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