First of all, we’d like to thank everyone who participated in this event. You jumped through some hoops to do so–we know. To those of you who didn’t have a blog, thank you for creating one for this event. We hope you’ll keep writing on that blog. A special thanks to the writers who sent screwball pictures of yourselves. You are all wacky winners in our books. Thank you to the writers who sent your six-page bios. They were impressive–but not “brief”. You might find that we truncated your achievements, but only because we had to make room for everyone who traveled far and wide to join this marvelous mob. Thank you also to our judges–all talented, award-winning writers of flash fiction themselves–who brought sincerity, enthusiasm, wit and humour to their task.
As with every competition, there must be winners. Everyone likes to win. Winning is like a big, fat juicy pear; well, that’s how we see it anyway. You can find your own simile. Sadly, not everyone will be getting a pear, but we are very happy to celebrate our finalists and winners here on this page. But wait, we can do more than celebrate: the first six below will also be published as noted!
also “Best Title”
‘Funky Little Blaze Orange Pork Pie Hats’ by Michael Gillan Maxwell
Finger Lakes Region, NY (USA)
(to be published late June at Metazen)
also “Best Musical References”
‘Bird Repair’ by William Doreski
New Hampshire (USA)
(to be published in October at Flash Frontier)
also “Best Stream of Consciousness”
‘The Author and the Girl’ by Nora Nadjarian
(to be published mid-summer at Blue Five Notebook)
‘Dear–‘ by Rachel Van Blankenship
Phoenix, Arizona (USA)
(to be published in June at JMWW)
also “Best Mugging Advice”
‘You Who I’ve Cornered in an Empty Street’ by Nathan Alling Long
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
(to be published in June JMWW)
also “Best Gerontagogy”
‘All Proud’ by Tracey Upchurch
(to be published late summer at Blue Five Notebook)
Top 15 Finalists
(in no particular order and including Long and Upchurch above)
‘Old and Free’ by K.S. Moore, Wales / UK
‘Under a Dented Skull’ by Tantra Bensko, California /USA
‘Few are Chosen’ by Sarah Ni Shuilleabhain, Ireland
‘she is seven’ by Madeleine m Slavick, New Zealand
‘Remembrances’ by W.F. Lantry, Washington, DC / USA
‘Ghost Frames’ by Kelly Grotke, Essex, Massachusetts / USA
‘You Can Remain Anonymous’ by Bud Smith, New York, NY / USA
‘Changing Course’ by Maggie Rainey-Smith, Wellington / New Zealand
‘Paris, 9th June 1794’ by Isabel Rogers, UK
‘All of it Returned’ by Abha Iyengar, India
‘The Night’ by Derek Osborne, Eastern Pennsylvania / USA)
‘For Doug’ by J.P. Reese, Texas / USA
‘It’s Cool in Katoomba’ by Piet Nieuwland, Whangerei / New Zealand
June 22, 2013 at 1:42 pm
Woohoo! Congrats to all the winners, and to the runners-up! Awesome stories, all of them.
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June 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm
What???!!! no winner for the best photo submitted with the story? My dog will be so disappointed.
June 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm
Congrats to everyone!
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June 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm
June 23, 2013 at 12:13 am
Kudos to the winners, and runners up!
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June 23, 2013 at 1:47 pm
This is a lovely project. I am pleased to have been part of it. Congratulations to the winners and runners-up…
June 23, 2013 at 6:53 pm
I just wanted to be a part of a mob, and also hoped that some of the mojo from other wonderful mobster/writers would rub off on me!
June 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm
I’m delighted to have made the Top 15! Congratulations to my fellow finalists and the winners. Still have a few more stories to read . . . Loving the variety and quality of language.
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June 30, 2013 at 7:32 pm
Congratulations to the winners and finalists – I am delighted to be one of the final 15! This is the first piece of writing I’ve submitted anywhere… ever! Thanks.
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