Victoria 2016 Flash Fiction Contest

Announcement of 2016 Contest Results

Canadian Authors-Victoria would like to congratulate the following writers in the Vancouver Island region whose stories were judged by John Gould to be the best of the 2016 Flash Fiction Contest. We’re grateful to the Times Colonist* for publishing the contest results on August 9, 2016, including the top three stories. We’d also like to thank John Gould for judging the contest and to thank all those who submitted stories (79 of them), which made for a tight competition.

$100 First prize: Step Mom by Lee Danielle Hubbard (Salt Spring Island)
$75 Second prize: Problem Solving by Amanda Leslie-Spinks (Victoria)
$50 Third prize: Threesome by Robert Harvey (Victoria)

Honourable mention: The Impulse by Michelle Brown (Victoria)
Honourable mention: The Girl With No Bones by Shannon Flaherty (North Saanich)

*Source: Press Reader

Judge’s Comments




The judge was John Gould, author of Seven Good Reasons Not to Be Good, and the Giller-nominated collection Kilter: 55 Fictions. Three of his stories currently appear in the online journal Numero Cinq.


250 words – it’s barely enough to get your fingers loosened up on the keyboard. Yet the writers who rose to the challenge of this contest built fascinating, fraught little worlds within that tight space.  Reading through the submissions has been a pleasure. The work of the three authors I’ve selected gives some sense of the kind of compression many of the participants achieved.

In microfiction, we want every word to count. A dramatic indication of this attention to detail is that for all three winning stories, the title doesn’t just serve as a label, but rather adds a whole other dimension to our understanding. In the case of “Step Mom,” for instance, the title is actually a key to the piece, attuning us to the painful mix of intimacy and alienation this woman experiences. “Problem Solving” is a sharply ironic understatement of the situation of the story’s protagonist. As for “Threesome,” it hits just the right comic tone for the tale’s cheeky spirit. All three stories ring us like a bell, and leave us resonating.





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