July 2012 Contest Winner

First of all, I apologise for the delay. Been travelling for most of July. Just back from some remote places deep in the Japanese countryside — Ishikawa with all its rice paddies and edamame fields, “deep Osaka” (the experienced gaijins would know what I mean; I’m talking about that intense, local part of the city where tourists almost never show up), and most recently the rolling green hills of Hokkaido.

I’m online for the first time since end of July, and before doing anything else, I’m here announcing the winners.

Apologies once again.

What a month it has been for the Flash Fiction contest. I’ve been going through the entries again and again, ranking and re-ranking, short-listing, and reading the stories to the point when I believe I know them all by heart.

I wanted to mention one thing before announcing the winner: I’m honoured to host such high quality material at this site. Seriously honoured.

Here are the stories that made it to the final short-list after hours of agonised decision making:

1. Ryan’s Promise by Adrian Carey.

2. The Whispering Man by Gareth S. Young.

3. Anything for Love by Eden Connor.

4. In Space they Can’t Hear the Screams by Carol Willis.

5. Summer Son by Liz Powell.

I’d have loved to send the prize to every writer on this short-list; but I have to select one story using the clear criteria for the classic 55-word pieces.

So, here we go.

The July 2012 contest winner is:

Ryan’s Promise by Adrian Carey.

This story, I believe, is quite close to perfection. It has the drama, the style, the clear conflict and the resolution; and it gets bonus points from me for ending with a cliff-hanger.

Congrats Adrian – I’ll contact you by email to arrange the payment.


The prompt for August is:

“And by the way…”

Extra points for adding a steam punk touch :)

Happy writing,


  • http://twitter.com/TheCrankyGddess The Cranky Goddess

    Konnichiwa, Austin – welcome back! I’m delighted that one of my entries made your short list; the competition was fierce. So many great entries! Thank you again for the opportunity to flex my creative muscles. :-)

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

      Konbanwa, Liz (got quite late here in Hokkaido by the time I saw your note!) Thanks a lot – and I loved your July story, I think it was unforgettable. You have a knack for concise, emotional writing. Love getting your entries – just posted your August one!

  • http://www.facebook.com/adrian.carey.33 Adrian Carey

    I still can’t quite believe this! I’m struggling to find the words (somewhat embarrassing for a writing contest) To even be considered alongside the creativity and talent gathered here is truly humbling. I enjoyed this immensely Austin, thank you so much!

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

      Hi Adrian, congrats again – and I agree! The stories the folks send in are usually of very high quality. This far, I’ve had to reject only one piece, and only because it was over 55 words (the writing was great). I’m trying to find a way to better showcase the earlier entries, so they don’t get forgotten…