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I've made the long- and shortlists a couple of times at Flash 500, but last weekend I finally managed to get into the prizes. The judge, Jo Reed, made some very encouraging comments about my story, and compared it to the "classic black comedy of Spike Milligan or Eric Sykes," which I'm thrilled about. It's been a while since I placed in a competition, so this is a fantastic confidence boost.
If you're interested, the story is here: http://www.flash500.com/index_files/fpj2012.htm