And Other Flash Fictions – Competition Time

Heron Books is delighted to be partnering with publisher And Other Stories for Independent Bookshop Week, 15th-22nd June. We will be celebrating the innovative and exciting work of And Other Stories all week.

One of the many things we love about this publisher is their commitment to extraordinary short fiction, from Eva Baltasar to Yuri Herrera to César Aira to Deborah Levy: writers who can do more in one finely honed sentence than I could hope to in many pages. No extraneous words. The books look slim. Their effect is huge.

So, we thought, let’s celebrate that with a flash fiction competition.

We are inviting you to submit 400 words of prose on the theme of ‘independence’.

Deadline: 4pm on Sunday 16th June
Email your submission to:
Subject line: And Other Flash Fictions
Word count: up to 400 words, not including the title
Please attach your submission in a Word document, with the title as the file name.
Please include your name in the email.
Please don’t include your name anywhere in the attachment.
One entry per person.
Entries in English only.

We will announce the shortlist by Wednesday 19th June.

Shortlistees will be invited to read their work in the shop, over a glass of something, at 5pm on Saturday 22nd June. (If you can’t make it or live far away, we’ll check in with you about having someone read your work for you.)

The winner will be judged by publisher Stefan Tobler and will receive a bundle of And Other Stories books.