April 2013 Flash Contest Winners

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:

1. Who Am I? by Rebecca Barray.

2. Silver Bullets by Jake Lockwood.

3. What if this is it? by Luke Reynolds.

4. Altered Ends by George M. Frost.

5. President Bell’s Passing by Salvatore Buttaci.

6. Ricola Works by Anne Sweazy-Kulju.

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.

The Winners:

From my humble point of view, these 3 stories are among the strongest, although not by a wide margin:

1. The Winner ($55): Who Am I? by Rebecca Barray.

2. The Runner-Up ($33): Altered Ends by George M. Frost.

3. The Runner-Up ($33): What if this is it? by Luke Reynolds.

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.

The Question:

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 :)

No Letter E



  • O.D, Trebor

    Congratulations to all the winners. The anthology idea sounds good, Austin. If you feel that any of mine are worth inclusion, you’re more than welcome to them.

    • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

      Hi O.D., thanks for your support. I’ll now go through all the entries and select what I think are good for publication … May get in touch with you after a few weeks!

  • http://twitter.com/Luke_rative Luke

    Amazing, third place. Such good notification to start my day. The book sounds like a great idea, any chance for publishing is fantastic….

    This comment … No e’s

    • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

      Congrats, and thanks for playing :) Loved your “no E” comment!

      I appreciate your support, will be back soon (hopefully) with the publishing ideas.

  • Alan Barker

    Great idea of an anthology. To see your name in an actual book is exciting. Not so happy about you footing the bill.

    • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

      Thanks, Alan. Indeed, I hope this will be beneficial to all. As for the bill – it’s on me.

  • Salvatore Buttaci

    Hats off to the winners! As for your idea of an anthology, it sounds good to me.

    • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

      Thanks, Salvatore. I loved the stories you sent in this month, and I wish more people could win.

      Maybe, if the anthology takes off, I’ll be able to afford x10 the amount of prizes, who knows?

  • Jake Lockwood

    Alright! Top 7! Thanks a lot Austin. I’ll be sending in my no ‘e’ story soon enough. And I love the idea of an anthology. I’d buy one and tell all my friends to as well. Thanks so much for hosting this contest. It’s a good deal of fun :)

    • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

      Hi Jake, thanks for your support. Sharing and co-promotion is what will really drive the exposure for all of us.

      I started this contest softly 2 years ago, but now that it’s getting traction on its own, I suggest we help it to become big. Will be good for all of us: more exposure, more prizes, more book sales.

  • George M. Frost

    Wow, second place. Thank you, Austin. I’m honored.

    • http://www.austinbriggs.com Austin Briggs

      Congrats! Thanks for letting me know your email, your prize is on its way :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/beccabarray Rebecca Barray

    Oh my! Thanks so much!!
    And congrats to the other winners, as well!
    I think the anthology is a great idea! Can’t wait to get one!!