July Flashes

Congratulations to this month’s Flash Fiction winner, Linda Young, for her story, ‘Hard to Swallow’.

Genre:      comedy

Keyword:   election

Maximum words:   50

Minimum words:  45

Entry Conditions:

You must be a Ballarat Writers member to enter.

Entries will not be accepted if they exceed the maximum word limit – even if by a word, and must comply with all the stated parameters.

All entries are to be submitted to competitions@ballaratwriters.com by Friday, 22nd  July. Your email must include author’s name, story title and word count.

Voting will open the next day here on the blog.

Come along to our Members’ Night on Wednesday, 27th July, 7pm at the Bunch of Grapes Hotel to hear the winner announced. (Results will also be posted here on the blog the day after.)

 July stories

Entry 1   Election Day

Words:  48

The booths were crowded. For weeks before the big birds expounded ideas of compromise, cultural diversity, mutual respect, vegetarian diets, strutting impressively and kissing babies. The bush creatures gathered to vote, reassured by these radical new ideas.  Except Bobby bandicoot, who elected to run while the eagles feasted.


Entry 2  Hard to Swallow

Words:   49

Working at a polling booth on Election Day, I was enjoying a tea break with co-workers when I was called out to assist. Returning, I finished off my tea, as Sally, with a look of horror, cried out, ‘Was that your tea, I’ve just tipped in all the dregs!’

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