HISSAC Highlands and Islands Short Story Association and Writing Competition



We've had a fabulous selection of incredibly unusual stories this year, and it has been a pleasure to read them.

And now for the winners!


JigSaw and Clown, our short story winner is extraordinary. It is not a breezy read but, like the best short stories, reveals more with each re-read.
A Fate like Gallus' is a masterpiece. An intelligent, measured, complex and moving story that you will remember for a long time.
Bloated is very much of our times, and speaks to the refugee crisis from a rarely encountered viewpoint.
Here Lie the Discords will come as a bit of welcome relief, both violent and humourous by parts, as befits the style of last year's winner.
Cuckoos and Shakespeare and Shit encapsulates the hope of a new relationship and the collapse of that relationship in a masterful and memorable manner.
Descending is one of the more unusual stories we have had; it takes a bit of digging into, but is filled to the brim with the atmosphere and imagery of Africa.

PlacingAuthorStory TitleTo Read
1st PlaceHelen de BurcaJigsaw and ClownClick here
2nd Place Mike CorbettA Fate like Gallus'Click here
3rd Place Hanna AliBloatedClick here
Highly CommendedSharon BoyleHere Like the DiscordsClick here
Highly CommendedLindsay FisherCuckoos and Shakespeare and ShitClick here
Highly CommendedE. RoseDescendingClick here


Man Walks into a Bar is a hugely impressive piece of work. Rarely will you read a piece of Flash Fiction that gets so much into such a short space.
En Suite again does what the best Flash Fiction does and ties up an entire relationship into a single snapshot on a single day when breaking point has been reached.
All-nighter will be a difficult and uncomfortable read for many, giving vent to the inarticulate rage and guilt that follows abuse, and the self-perpetuating cycle of destruction that often follows in its wake.
Lil, Angry as Sack-Shook Wasps Sometimes is beautifully written, and manages to evoke another era perfectly, and the lifetime losses that era so often produced.
Wormhole is a delight; truly original and with a use of imagery any author would be proud of.

1st Place Rob McInroyMan walks into a Bar
2nd PlaceKim McMahonEn Suite
3rd PlaceE. RoseAll-Nighter
Highly CommendedDouglas BrutonLil, Angry as Sack-Shook Wasps Sometimes
Highly CommendedJez HodesdonWormhole

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