Joanna Will - Flash Fiction Competition 2020 winner

Joanna Will, ‘Blue Hills Yonder’


What did our judge say?

This is an ambitious piece which takes risks with voice and world-building. Its unusual grammar and simple vision, mixed with more mature poetic language, forces us to approach the story’s world on its own terms. The perfectly timed line ‘He look at me some’ hints at so much going on beneath the surface. In less skilled hands the ending could easily have strayed into overly-sentimental territory, but I think it accomplishes something very difficult in a flash: a conclusion that’s both satisfying and happy.


Congratulations to our finalists!

  • Freya Bantiff, Ground Control
  • Belinda Rimmer, Dog
  • Marie Gethins, Merrythoughts


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