Transportation Press

Smoke, our first international microfiction competition received over 100 entries from around the world. The brief was to write a story in 320 words or less that can be read in the time it takes to smoke a cigarette. No theme. We would like to thank all of the writers who polished their work and sent in stories and we’re delighted to share the winning and the highly commended authors below, and to invite you to the launch of a collection of the best work which is also available to order here.

We received entries from diverse geographies – including Germany, Nottingham, Greece, the United States, mainland Australia and Tasmania. Adam Ouston judged the work ‘blind’, without knowing who wrote each story and we are delighted to see a number of writers we have previously published in the mix.

We will be releasing a limited edition of these stories, printed on good quality loose leaf paper. You can place an order for your copy here: They are also available electronically:

First prize –
Dalian Blood Futures by Daniel Young
Runners Up
Zoo by Robbie Arnott
What is a Hornet by Patrick Lenton

Highly Commendeds
A Transformation by Peter Timms
A World by Jasmine Searle
Lights That Never Go Out by Akis Papantonis
Green by Miriam McGarry
Wishful Thinking by Susan Lloy
Hope Floats by Madeleine Habib
The Expert by Ben Walter
Every Story is a Detective Story by Bella Li
Chasing A Cairo Coffee by Kali Myers
Connect and Divide by Bel Woods
Letter to Genghis by Konrad Muller
Eyelashes by Tania Marlowe
Choked by Matt G Turpin
Do You Mind If (after AW & SB) by Stuart Barnes
Antlers by Andrew Harper
Touch Me Not by Cam Daeng
Oh My Dear Twilight Sparkle How I Love You by Victor Medrano-Bonilla
A Great Weight by Michael Louis Kennedy

Join us for the launch of Smoke One, Transportation Press’ first collection of the best work from our international microfiction competition. Grab a drink, listen to some of the best work read by the writers and meet the judge, Adam Ouston and the rest of the Transportation Crew including Tadhg Muller, in Tasmania for only a short time. Please RSVP via the Facebook page:

The collection, printed on gorgeous quality looseleaf paper will be available for purchase. You can order a copy now:

The competition was generously sponsored by Fullers Bookshop:


Flit is a fringe literary festival happening in Hobart this September. It brings energy into darker, lesser known lit spaces of the world and has a general policy of inclusion.
We would love to consider your work and we will do our best to accommodate it.Other voices, rock and roll, ancient poetry slammed now, lit stand up. We want you, pitch an idea, if we love it we’ll help you find a space and pop you in the program.

Let us know what you’ve got either by completing this form:

or emailing