The Potteries Prize

The Potteries Prize for Flash Fiction 2018!

We’re thrilled to announce the results of our second Potteries Prize for Flash Fiction competition in conjunction with Stoke-on-Trent Libraries. We had a huge mark up on number of entries from last year and the stories did not disappoint. Many thanks to our judges Joely Dutton, Adam Lock, Debbi Voisey and -our winner from 2017- Bev Adams for their careful consideration of each and every entry. Our judge Joely said ‘The standard of the entries was very high.  It’s been a joy to read the submitted stories. There was a good variation in the styles and genres of the pieces – I read horror, sci-fi, memoir, romance, comedy – each unique but all sharing great creativity. Stoke is home to big ideas! I was impressed by how these stories grabbed me emotionally, or made me laugh out loud; the humour was wonderful.’

Here are our shortlisted stories… Each placed entry will have an excerpt printed on a postcard, copies of which will be available across the city and be published on Stoke-on-Trent libraries website page. Shortlisted entrants will be invited to a prize giving event in November where our head judge, Steve Campbell from will announce the overall winner. Congratulations everyone!

Most entertaining story

First place: ‘A Haunting’ by Lisa Culligan

Second place: ‘Love is…’ by Sam Palmer

Third place: ‘Baubles’ by Michelle Richardson

Highly Commended (in no particular order): ‘Countdown to Nothing’ by Jan Edwards

‘From Tunstall to Australia in five minutes’ by Mary Lewis

‘The Glory Hole’ by Gill Evans

Most beautiful use of language

First place: ‘A Story of the Bird People’ by Jacoby Hayward

Second place: ‘Wonderland’ by Dave Proudlove

Third place: ‘ The Mermaids Pool’ by Alison Hill

Highly Commended (in no particular order): ‘Sankofa’ by Jason Smith

‘Eternal Connection Dot Com’ by Dan Weatherer

‘Green Fire’ by Iona Eyre

Best character/ voice

First place: ‘Second Chance’ by Mary Bennett

Second place: ‘Pride of Place’ by Dawn Lacey

Third place: ‘The Lighthouse Wives’ by June Palmer

Highly Commended (in no particular order): ‘The Diamond’ by Whitney Bryan

‘Crime, Punishment and the Idiot’ by Craig Walker

‘Driving Lesson’ by Alex Harford

Best line

First place: ‘The Cat came back’ by Beryl Crawford (last line)

Second place: ‘Soul Music’ by Jacqueline Diffey (first line)

Third place: ‘There came a Viking riding on a Sunbeam’ by Francis Lloyd (title)