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Flashversary: Top 10 Finalists

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

Sixty Seconds with: DragonsflyPoppy/Elizabeth Savory

REMINDER: THURSDAY OCT 31 is the deadline to apply as a judge for the first quarter of Year 2. Apply now!

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)


Our newest Flash! Friday winner is DragonsflyPoppy, aka Elizabeth Savory.  Read her winning story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? It got me thinking about how we communicate beyond just using words; how they often betray what we really feel.

2) How long have you been writing flash? About four/five months. Before then I hadn’t written creatively since school some *mumbles 18 years ago*…

3) What do you like about flash? It’s not overwhelming, it’s concise, and you can experiment.  And Flash! Friday is such a supportive environment to share.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? I’m not sure I’m qualified to give advice! {{Editor’s Note: Nonsense! Your input is highly valued.}} I’ve learned such a lot just by reading other people’s stories.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? There are too many to mention! Our host Rebekah’s writing is pretty awesome 🙂

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? My daughter regularly asks me to tell her stories of faeries and dragons; she’s a shrewd listener – does that count?!!

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? (See above!)  I have dabbled with poetry and short stories, although I’m not sure they’re terribly good…

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I love observing people, exploring relationships, interactions and dynamics.

9) Tell us about a WIP. I have an idea taking shape for a novel but I’m yet to find sufficient time… and confidence!

10) How do you feel about dragons? LOVE them! I have a purple sparkly one who sits on the mantelpiece.