Glasboden / Glass Bottom in EACW Flash Fiction Finals

Glasboden / Glass Bottom in EACW Flash Fiction Finals

My text “glasboden” / “glass bottom” has been chosen as German-language winner of the European Association of Creative Writing Programmes Flash Fiction Contest – now up against 13 other texts for overall winner!



die heimatlosen toten betrachteten den sonnenaufgang von unter dem ozean, das licht verzerrt und gedämpft durch die salzsatten fluten. strandkörbe reihten sich aneinander wie perlentaue, surfer glitten mit shorts und nacktem oberkörper über die wellen. das wasser war glasklar, die toten gut sichtbar zwischen sich wiegendem seetang. eine fähre tuckerte aus dem hafenbecken, containerschiffe verdunkelten den horizont wie künstliche inseln. “sieh mal, ist das nicht miran?” ein junge zerrte am arm der mutter, zeigte mit dem finger über die mole hinaus. “nein, der sieht ihm nur ähnlich. miran ist bei seinen eltern, den triffst du morgen in der schule.”


glass bottom

the dead waifs viewed the sunset from under the ocean, the light blurred and subdued by the salt-glutted tide. beach chairs stood aligned in rows like beaded ropes, bare-chested surfers in shorts glided over the waves. the water was clear as glass and the dead were easily visible between the swaying seaweed. a ferry chugged out of the harbour basin, container ships darkened the horizon like artificial islands. “oh look, isn’t that miran?” a boy tugged at his mother’s arm, his finger pointing beyond the breakwater. “no, it just looks like him. miran is at home with his parents, you’ll see him tomorrow at school.”


Read all 14 language winners and vote here:

Flash Fiction, German

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