It’s time to announce the last month’s winners. It’s taken me 3 days of non-stop reading and rearranging the order of the winning stories to come up with the final short-list.
I hope you enjoyed reading the April flash stories as much as I did!
The Top 7 Stories in April 2013:
7. You Could be Me by O.D. Trebor.
I’ve had to draw the line just above several extremely talented stories that simply can’t fit because of the limited space at the top. As a general trend, we seem to be publishing more and more excellent stories each month… so the selection keeps getting tougher.
From my humble point of view, these 3 stories are among the strongest, although not by a wide margin:
Congratulations – and as always, I’ll contact the winners by email. Or you guys can drop me a note (via the contact form at the bottom) with your Paypal address.
I have a question to all.
What do you think about publishing a yearly anthology of the best “55-word wonders” that you folks submit to this site?
The benefits would be:
- More exposure for you, as I’d include your name, website and a brief sentence about you after each story.
- More exposure for this contest via Amazon; which means, again, more exposure for you.
- Better sustainability for this contest. Each month, it costs me several hundred dollars to run this site: prizes, software updates, security fixes, advertising, and more, not counting the time. I stubbornly pay this from my day job’s salary; and I want to keep this contest free.
I would select the stories, hire an illustrator to draw a telling image for each story, and publish the anthology. The proceeds would go toward running the contest, including the prize payouts.
As you may have noticed, I’m not in this for profit. I simply enjoy providing exposure to your writing, building our community and reading all the wonderful stories that come in.
Of course, I’ll carry the risk of blowing my money on this publication for no return. Then I’ll do it only once.
What do you think of this idea?
May 2013 Prompt:
- Write a brilliant 55-word story without using the letter “E”, which, as you may know, is the most common letter in the English alphabet.
This prompt is a tribute to Ernest Vincent Wright’s novel Gadsby … which had inspired me to become a writer