Queensland Writers Centre (QWC) has announced the winners of its inaugural Flash Fiction Prize, which saw almost 200 entries competing for the first-ever writing competition offered by the state’s leading organisation for writers and writing.

Marina Bryne’s Flies that Big took out first prize with second prize going to The Fish by Tony Pritchard.

The prize was judged by Kylie Chan, the best-selling author of the Dark Heavens, Journey to Wudang and Celestial Battle trilogies, and Jan Andrew Henderson, award-winning author of over twenty books including the young adult novels, Bunker 10, Crash and Colony, as well as historical non-fiction.

The judges praised the quality of the shortlisted submissions, saying: “There were a huge number of stories, of every type and genre, each a pleasure to read.  So many were contenders for the top spots, that choosing only two was torture!”

The Flash Fiction Prize was open to anyone aged 15 and over with winners receiving $500 and $250 respectively, as well as publication in the March edition of QWC’s membership magazine, WQ.

To read the winning entries as well as the shortlisted submissions, click here.

About the winners:

Marina Byrne is from Brisbane’s North, where she lives with her young son and her two cats. A writer since she had her first win at 11 or 12 years of age, when her Mother’s Day poem was published in the local newspaper. She’s been scribbling and typing away ever since, with a hard drive full of manuscripts, pieces of prose and short stories.

Tony Pritchard is a retired teacher who has written two books, visited 17 countries and done 13 trips on the Darling River (alone in a canoe and around 500 kms each time). Born in Dubbo in NSW, he now lives in Brisbane’s west with his wife and his chooks.

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