Flash Fiction Under 100 Words!
Now that's telling a super short story.
That was the challenge for our first Micro-Fiction Contest. And I was very pleased with the response. We had 34 entries, 23 of which are published in this issue along with some samplers by three of our six judges and a guest. First a word about the adjudication process and then I'll close with some "thank yous."
The Judgment: An impartial panel of 5 readers, plus partial me, read every story as an anonymous entry. I asked the panel to pick their top 2 favorite stories then categorize the next 15 in 3 groups of 5 - for Best of Show, Near the Top, and Honorable Mention. I did the same, after I tried to forget who wrote what (which was impossible in some cases, lol).
I then tallied the results, awarding 5 points to first, 4 points for second, 3 points for Best of Show, 2 points for Near the Top, and 1 point for Honorable Mention. This resulted in about 25 stories receiving votes. The Top 2 stories received votes from all six judges. But in all the other stories at least one judge didn't award any points. Because we had a number of ties I expanded the Honorable Mention category to 10 stories.
The Prizes & Thank Yous: Donna Sundblad was gracious to offer The Top 3 Winners two of her e-books, Windwalker to Dan and Pumping Your Muse to Alex and Stoney. Plus our 1st Place Winner, Dan Devine, made available to all participants his e-novella, War on the Blind Sea.
Of course, a nice prize in and of itself is to see your story "in print." So congratulations to all the finalists - you won some bragging rights and a conversation starter at your next visit to The Alien's Pub (which I hope to update soon! lol).
So, thanks again - readers and writers - for making this first contest a successful one. Feel free to send a submission (see guidelines) to lyn @ rightthinking . net any time. Oh, and before I let you go, here's one more story of mine that will appear Nov 29 in GWThomas.org's Flashshot. Enjoy!
by Lyn Perry
I’m sick and tired of being bossed around. We agreed on three wishes. But your last wish was always for three more. You could never quit. It was like a drug with you. "Your wish is my command." Yeah, right. My wish is my command now, baby.
Plus, you asked for impossibilities. Like wanting a plan for world peace. Or trying to understand the mind of a woman. You even wished for tasty jello. Unbelievable!
Al, from now on you'll be rubbing your own stupid lamp. I'm going into business for myself.
No longer yours,
© 2007 Lyn Perry
Lyn Perry is the publisher of Residential Aliens, a zine for speculative fiction with a spiritual foundation. He enjoys reading, writing, and arithmetic. Well, two out of three anyway.