Winners, Finalists, and Honourable Mentions

Judge Nuala O’Connor’s results for the Anton Chekhov Prize for Very Short Fiction 2018 have come in. The stories were read blind, so it is very exciting to unveil the names of the winners, finalists, and honourable mentions!

Thank you to everyone who entered and congratulations to all of the authors listed below!


FIRST PLACE: Angela Readman’s “Ten Months With Octopus”

SECOND PLACE: Elisabeth Ingram Wallace’s “She Said Her Favourite Colour Was Haddock”

THIRD PLACE: Claire Guyton’s “Anastasia, My Broken Bird”


Charred by Andrew Stancek
Cistern by Niamh MacCabe
Hunger by Leanne Radojkovich
The Crawlspace by Leanne Radojkovich
The Lamb with Elbows for Knees by Hollie Richards
No Cream, No Sugar by Justin Herrmann
Malachy by Niamh MacCabe

Honourable Mentions

Beneath the Pond by Kate Whitehead
I Am Fluent In Spine by Elisabeth Ingram Wallace
Joe D. Takes Measure by Frederick Ramey
Kessler keeps his clothes on at the party by Joyce Kline
New Ancient Husband by Frances Gapper
Plush Land by Jenny Stalter
Predictably (The Heart of the Matter) by Alice Hatcher
Shadow Box by Kim Henderson
Star of the Sea by Rachael Dunlop
Auf Liebe Eingestellt by Laton Carter
we shall all be raised by Brindi Joy

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