Winners | 48 Hour Flash Fiction Contest

The Contest

After the success of the Antarctic Flash Fiction contest earlier this year, I ran a Twitter poll to decide our next themed story competition! Abuzz with excitement, our readers selected a much loved creature… BEES!

We asked you for your best micro-fiction, 140 characters or less, inspired by research on Bees. You definitely delivered! Thank you to all those who submitted.

Our Judges

Dr. Clint Perry Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow, Queen Mary University of London, Clint uses integrative neurobiology to explore the cognitive capacities of insects and the underlying mechanisms of memory, learning and emotion. His recent work includes teaching bees to roll balls, which gained worldwide media attention.

Dr. Eirik Sovik is an associate professor at Volda University College. He studies the function of biogenic amine systems in insects and their relation to reward processing. He can be found on Twitter @EirikSovik.

The judges kindly volunteered their services and as thanks, we are donating their $40AUD fee to the Xerces Society.


Each of our winners donated their $5 prize to the Xerces Society. Congratulations to all and thank you for your generosity!

First Place: Annabelle Woodger, @yayannabelle

Second Place: Frank Hubeny,

Third Place: Elizabeth Duck-Chong, @lizduckchong


Congrats to all our winners and thank you to all those who submitted! The winning stories will be published next Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

We plan on doing more 48 hour competitions in future, so make sure to subscribe to our Twitter feed and stay tuned for future updates!

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