Welcome to Day Two of careening madly toward the grand and glorious and very, very noisy finish line! It’s a tremendous pleasure to be able to introduce to you these ten stories and their writers. These tales stood out for us for their originality, their punch, their fresh takes on the prompt–and–just wow.
In the top ten we have a grim office worker dreaming of dragons but defeated by ennui (A Story); a hardened pilot seizing an extraordinary opportunity to work peace (Anything With Wings); a child whose dragon-wrangling ultimately works her own salvation (Clara’s Dragon); a dragon-slayer whose greatest triumph goes (for now) unnoticed (Here); an oppressed girl freed by a long-dead soldier (Richard Thornton); a boy who tirelessly fights his love’s demons (Summoning); a man who escaped from dragons only to face true horror through his son (The Craftsman); an adventurer’s singleminded mission for notoriety (The Dragon’s Fire); an old soldier’s confrontation with his past (The Dragon’s Gaze); and the hidden world of the magnificent Queen of Dragons (To Dream of Legend).
Here. Be. Dragons. AND HOW. Congratulations to these ten writers for their extraordinary work.
Join us tomorrow for the unveiling of the champions, the Haunted Waters’ Press award (have you followed them yet?), and Flash! Friday’s brand new, sparkly outfit for Year Two. The first Flash! Friday contest of Year Two will follow this Friday, Dec 13, with the first judge of Year Two, M.T. Decker (if you love her stories, you’re gonna adore her judgery!).
Here are the #Flashversary Top 10 finalists, in alphabetical order by story title, followed by the stories themselves (posted in the comments section, so you can leave feedback on the individual tales; they are numbered here only to make it easier to navigate their stories in the comments).
# 1 – A Story, Jonathon Ryan
# 2 – Anything With Wings, Ruth Long
# 3 – Clara’s Dragon, Von Rupert
# 4 – Here, Dragonsflypoppy (aka Elizabeth Savory)
# 5 – Richard Thornton, Kristen AFC
# 6 – Summoning, Karl A. Russell
# 7 – The Craftsman, Stephen James Lock
# 8 – The Dragon’s Fire, AJ Walker
# 9 – The Dragon’s Gaze, Dan Radmacher
# 10 – To Dream of Legend, Jacki Donnellan