Our flash fiction and nonfiction competition Quick.SAND considered stories packed into 300 words. The best stories often began with a seemingly insignificant object or image that accrued weight over the brief course of the text. These pieces took advantage of their miniature scale by creating immensity through simplicity, lingering beyond a brief read by suggesting a larger psychology or world. Each story felt like a camera flash, contained and constrained but fully formed. We published the winning and shortlisted pieces in SAND Issue 12.
“Cuffs & Collars” by Marion Michell
“The Life of a Hit” by Anthony Zilli
“Stone idols” by Tristan Foster
“The Shirt” by Ryan Eyers
“Altar of Lost Things” by Barbara Leahy
Jesper Wung-Sung (translated by Lindy Falk van Rooyen)