Many congratulations to all the twenty authors who made the 24th Award short list, selected by judge, Tim Craig.
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Thanks again to all flash fiction writers, for your fantastic support for our Bath Flash Fiction Awards. Our readers are very busy reading your entries for the 24th Award, this time judged by award winning writer from the UK, Tim Craig. Why not have a final read through of my Q & A with him to find out what he likes, if you want to enter before we close tomorrow, Sunday 4th June at midnight, BST.
To remind everyone, The Last Minute Club, for intrepid flash fictioneers is only open on the final day. Anyone entering on Sunday will receive a (virtual) Last Minute Club badge. Everyone loves badges don’t they? We’ve a mini competition beginning now over on Twitter where the first person to guess the colour of the new badge will receive a Bath Flash Fiction anthology. We often give prizes to two people for near guesses. You won’t know the colour until first thing on Sunday morning.
If you enter on Sunday and receive your badge, do share it on Twitter We love that. It makes it such a fun day!
The first badge was introduced in June 2018. And the one you can collect on Sunday will be the sixteenth badge. All the colour combinations are in the gallery. Tip: there are many shades of green here, so it is unlikely to be green!
Best wishes for all your entries. It’s always wonderful to receive stories from around the world.
Results out by the end of June. So not long to wait. We have a well-honed fast turn-around time.
We’re thrilled that our authors and enterprises are short-listed in FIVE separate categories in the Saboteur Awards 2023. Thank you to everyone who nominated authors published by Ad Hoc Fiction and also selected our other enterprises. Big congratulations to all five Ad Hoc Fiction authors, our small press, Ad Hoc Fiction, our Dandelion Years anthology, and the Flash Fiction Festival! I have listed titles and categories below and there are pictures of evereything you can vote for in the gallery. Very best wishes to all!
Jude’s going along with fingers-crossed to the Award event and announcements on June 24th in Birmingham. And we’d love you to vote in any of the categories you’d like to support. Voting ends midday June 21st. Link to the form below.
Best Short Story Collection short list
Nick Black for his flash fiction collection, Postive and Negative.
Tim Craig for his flash fiction collection Now You See Him
Best Novella short list
Finnian Burnett for their novella in flash, The Clothes Make the Man
Jupiter Jones for her novella in flash Gull Shit Alley and Other Roads to Hell
Slawca G Scarso for her novella in flash, All Their Favourite Stories
Also we’re thrilled that our short fiction press, Ad Hoc Fiction is short-listed in most Innovative Publisher, the Flash Fiction Festival we sponsor is listed in Best Literary Festival (it’s called Bath Flash Festival on the voting form), and Dandelion Years, Bath Flash Fiction, Vol 7 is listed in Best Anthology.
In addition, Judy Darley, who has reviewed many of our Ad Hoc Fiction books is listed in Best Reviewer category.
A pile of raffle prizes
Our second flash fiction event this Spring at the lovely gallery room in St James’ Wine Vaults, Bath! The last event,
organised by Jude, in early March, was to launch Dandelion Years Bath flash Fiction Volume 7 and Flash Fiction Festival 5 anthologies This one was just for the fun of listening to great flash fiction and also because it was a week before Jude’s brthday and it was like a little party with crisps and cakes.
We heard stories from 16 readers: Jupiter Jones; Flemming George; Kathryn Aldridge-Morris; Cheryl Markosky; John Wheway, Anna Wang; Marissa Hoffman; Lucy Goldring; Sara Hills, Judy Darley; Grace Palmer; Cath Barton; Emma Phillips; Cole Beauchamp and Alison Powell and Jude Higgins. Some of the stories read were prize winners, some had been published in literary magazines or anthologies, and some were having a new outing. A wonderful variety of flash. Authors came from all over – Bristol, London, Bath, Somerset, Wiltshire, Oxford, Rugby, Switzerland and Wales. Thank you to everyone for reading and making it such a fun and buzzy evening and have a look at the lovely gallery of pictures of the event mainly taken by Alex Wilson of Writing Events Bath and Alison Powell of Write Club. Thank you very much to them both.
We’re likely to add a few more pictures of anyone we missed.
Jude also raffled books of flash fiction mostly from Ad HOc Fiction and one kindly donated from Cath Barton and money left after venue costs is going towards a reduced place at the Flash Fiction Festival in Bristol, this July 14th – 16th.
Keep your eyes open for advertisements for the next reading event. It will be in the same venue, in early September. More flashy fun at the flash fiction festival. Some day tickets now available. Contact us on the festival site to enquire. Full bookings made by paypal.
We’re delighted that pre-orders are now open at a 25% discount on the books, at our small press, Ad Hoc Fiction for the final three novellas-in-flash from our 2022 Awards, judged by Michelle Elvy. Last year, we were able to offer publication to the first prize winner, two runners-up, the commended and the shortlisted novellas. Ten in all. All seven others are already published Our big thanks to David Swann, runner-up in the 2022 Awards for The Twisted Wheel, Christoper M. Drew, highly-commended with Essence and Sheree Shatsky shortlisted for Summer 1969 for their patience in waiting over a year for publication.
All these books are fantastic reads and it’s fascinating to see how the authors have used the novella-in-flash form in different ways to tell their stories. Find out more about them from the brief synopses on the covers and from Michelle Elvy’s judge’s report.
Michelle also includes short quotes from each of the books.
As well as the writing, we love the striking covers of these novellas. Sam Hubbard, who also created the cover and artwork for Season of Bright Sorrow David Swann’s first-prize winning NIF from our 2021 Awards, has produced another stunning drawing for David’s novella The Twisted Wheel. Christopher M Drew produced his own very evocative cover image for Essence and John at Ad Hoc Fiction, created the cover for Summer 1969 from Sheree Shatsky’s brief. You can now order all three novellas at a pre-order discount price from Ad Hoc Fiction. And they will be published and available from the Ad Hoc Fiction bookshop and in paperback from Amazon worldwide on 14th June.
In more novella news, Ad Hoc Fiction is hoping to publish the winning novella and the two runners-up from our 2023 Novella in Flash Awards, this summer. We’ll keep you posted!
We’re delighted that there is another round of the Saboteur Awards this year. They give a great boost to writers, event organisers and publishers.Thank you so much to everyone involved in putting on the awards again for 2023.
Last year we were thrilled that Sara Hills won the Best Short Story Collection Category with her brilliant collection The Evolution of Birds, published by Ad Hoc Fiction, our small indie press. Ad Hoc Fiction, was also shortlisted in the Most Innovative Publisher category, novellas-in-flash published by Ad Hoc Fiction were shortlisted in the Best Novella Category, and Snow Crow our the 2021 Bath Flash Fiction Anthology was shortlisted in the Best Anthology category.
If you have read and enjoyed any of the books published by Ad Hoc Fiction since March 2022, appreciate our small press, or attended and enjoyed the Flash Fiction Festival we sponsored last year, we would love you to nominate us. All the options for the categories possible to nominate in, are described below and there is a gallery showing the books and our logos.You can find out more about the books on the Ad Hoc Fiction bookshop.For handy reference, here is a link to the voting form.
Novellas-in-flash you can choose from to vote in the Best Novella category include, Lessons from The Water’s Edge by Caroline Greene, All Our Favourite Stories by Slawka G Scarso The Clothes Make the Man by Finnian Burnett, The Regeneration of Stella Yin, Kristen Loesch, Gull Shit Alley and Other Roads to Hell by Jupiter Jones; It Felt Like Everything by K.S. Dyall and Pixie Lore by Jeanette Lowe.