I sit here without words.
This month, we’ve got almost 40 flash stories, and this is after the initial pre-selection I do when folks submit their drafts.
Forty stories . . . I can’t say if I’m having the time of my life re-reading them in all their brilliance, or a near-death experience having to actually select the winner.
I think I’ll start inviting other writers to come and select the winners each month!
Today I’ll cover three topics: the winners, a question to you folks, and the April prompt.
First, here’s the traditional short list of the top 10 stories (in my view, of course!):
1. A Spiritual Devotion by Deborah Lean.
5. The Box by Michael Coady.
7. Regrets by Debi Swim.
8. Judgement Call by SnowBees.
By creating the above list, I had to forego some of my absolute favorite authors on the site (and talented new-comers), and I had to omit a few stories that are so good they deserve to appear in print.
Alright. It’s taking me an hour to type each single line in this post—talk about the weight of responsibility. Let’s call out the winners.
Congratulations to the winners. I’ll contact you off-line to confirm your Paypal email so I can wire you the cash.
And big kudos to the other writers who had submitted their stories to the public scrutiny and both entertained us this month and caused us to think.
The “down-voting” button started to stir some controversy. I’m torn. It does provide a level of realism in assessment and an element of drama, but it also seems to be abused at times.
What do you think? Shall we keep it? Kill it? And why?
Let me know, please.
The April Prompt:
Share a piece of your work (form a completed book, a work in progress, or something you’re just starting) that has a motif of “what if” in it.
Any genre goes. The fragment should be a complete 55-word flash story.
Make sure you still meet the contest rules found here