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September Contest Judging

What a month it has been – I’ve received a great number of absolutely amazing 55-word flash stories this month, some of them written by successful fiction writers.

I’m excited about the coming end of the month, when we’ll need to select and award the top stories. I also dread that moment. The selection will be tough.

So I’m grateful to Emily Suess from Suess’s Pieces, who kindly offered a helping hand judging the September contest entries. Here’s Emily’s bio:

Emily Suess is a freelance writer and editor in Indianapolis, Indiana. She currently specializes in creative non-fiction and web copywriting, but her past experience includes positions as assistant editor at Children’s Digest magazine, editorial assistant at The Saturday Evening Post, and writer’s assistant to young adult fiction writer and Printz Award winner, John Green.

Emily has been published in Indiana Insight and is a regular contributor for Small Business Bonfire and Naptown Buzz. She blogs about writing, freelancing and more at Suess’s Pieces.
This is how the judgement will go this month:
  • The contest will close for entries on Sep 30, midnight Geneva time (the Swiss Geneva, not in Illinois).
  • Emily and I will select the winning entries based on the clear criteria published before by Oct 3. We may get influenced by the number of positive votes, but it isn’t the sole decision criterion.
  • I’ll publish and award the Winners by Oct 5.

Then the contest will reopen for October entries. I’ll announce the judges in the course of October.

Good luck to all who sent their stories. I had great time reading them, and can’t wait to send out my awards.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t read and voted for the September stories, read them now. Links are in the sidebar to the right of this article.