Commendation, Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award, 2018
Excerpt from Daffodils with Apples
The blowflies arrive, and then their offspring. No one rings the doorbell. The daffodils in their vase droop and double over, as though in pain. The apples in the fruit bowl collapse in on themselves. The rain beats on the studio skylights, and the colours on her dropped palette dull and harden. Dust settles over everything: books, cups, toothbrush, face. Months of sun cracks the paint on her canvasses and solidifies what’s left in the tubes
About Claire Fuller
Claire Fuller writes short stories, flash fiction, and novels. Her stories have been published in many journals, and she has won the BBC Opening Lines competition, as well as the Royal Academy / Pin Drop short story prize. Her first novel, Our Endless Numbered Days won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize, while her second novel, Swimming Lessons was shortlisted for Encore Award. Her third, Bitter Orange, was published in August 2018 by Penguin. She lives in Winchester with her husband and has two grown-up children.