NFFD Youth Competition 2021

Winners for the 2021 National Flash Fiction Day competition have been announced!

Congratulations and thank you to all placing, short-listed, and long-listed writers for making this competition!

Adult winners published at nationalflash.org/winners


1st place:

for anna – Kirsten Liang (age 13; Georgia, United States)

2nd place:

Winter Tangerine – Mira Jiang (age 17; Texas, United States)

3rd place:

The multi-coloured sheep – Lucia Murphy (age 15; Wellington, New Zealand)

Highly commended:

Have you seen Abdullah? – Omar El Eraki (age 16; Cairo, Egypt)

Commended:

Loss – Finn Kelly (age 09; Kapiti Coast, New Zealand)
Next Exit – Kirsten Liang (age 13; Georgia, United States)
Pocket-Sized Black Holes – Oshadha Perera (age 16; Invercargill, New Zealand)

Short list:

Ad Astra – Mira Jiang (age 17; Texas, United States)
As cold as trees – Emily Burt (age 10; Christchurch, New Zealand)
Barnacles – Penelope Duran (age 18; Frankfurt, Germany)
Crocodiles – Chloe Morrison-Clarke (age 14; Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Gravedigger – Theo E. (age 13; Christchurch, New Zealand)
House by the Railroad – Matthew Califano (age 14; Vermont, United States)
Memories – Golam Mahbub
The Sock – Jorja Rosser (age 18; New Plymouth, New Zealand)

Long list:

Antinous in a Coffee Shop – Khristina Cabrera (age 16; New Jersey, United States)
The Doughnut – Eric Yang (age 11; Massachusetts, United States)
The Fisherman – Hunter Haynes (age 16; Auckland, New Zealand)
The Funeral – Yemaya Gaspard (age 15; Florida, United States)
The Glitter Jungle – Aanvika Santhanam (age 09; Auckland, New Zealand)
Go onwards, perhaps prosper – Lochlan Hanham (age 17; Christchurch, New Zealand)
The Gravedigger – Theo E. (age 13; Christchurch, New Zealand)
here, it begins – Aruna Sreenivasan (age 17; Arizona, United States)
Home – Kahurangi Waipouri-Birch (age 13; Palmerston North, New Zealand)
Home Sweet Home – Janaya Sydney (age 16; New York, United States)
Lady Grey – Charlotte Holt (age 15; Auckland, New Zealand)
The Moon and the Sea – Sydney Greek (age 16; Montanan, United States)
Moonshards – Chloe Morrison-Clarke (age 14; Christchurch, New Zealand)
My Sister’s Birthday – Khristina Cabrera (age 16; New Jersey, United States)
One-Step – Sarah-Kate Simons (age 15; Southbridge, New Zealand)
Pawn – Sarah-Kate Simons (age 15; Southbridge, New Zealand)
Picnic by the Lake – Katherine Aebi (age 18; Texas, United States)
Quick Fingers – Miro Williams (age 17; Dunedin, New Zealand)
The race – Lucia Murphy (age 15; Wellington, New Zealand)
Rain-Cut – Arjun Shah (age 16; Bay Area, California)
Ridden with Sunlight – Taeyeon Han (age 17; California, United States)
Salty freshwater – Alody Reed (age 14; Auckland, New Zealand)
sirens in vacuums – Oshadha Perera (age 16; Invercargill, New Zealand)
The Underground – Matthew Califano (age 14; Vermont, United States)
The Weight – Denika Mead (age 17; Wellington, New Zealand)

About the guest judge:

Youth competition judge Kerry Lane is a poet and playwright living by the sea in Ōtepoti, Aotearoa. Current projects include a puppet theatre piece about Minnie Dean, a long-form podcast about the end of the world, and an experimental poetry-ish project about memory.

Read interview with Kerry Lane here