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Flash! Friday # 49 — WINNERS!

BRAVO and THANK YOU to everyone who dared set foot on the gorgeous Fairyland bridge (also called the Bridge of Immortals) this week. Didn’t that photo make you want to visit?? Here’s another look at the bridge which is, I might add, at 5,000 feet; and here are a couple of options for reaching it. I would say perhaps it’s safest to read about rather than attempt climbing it, but given your stories….? Maybe not. 🙂  

This week we’re saying thanks & goodbye to outgoing judge Kinza Carpenter Shores, whose beautiful swan song is below. Thank you for bringing such passion & heart to reading these stories, Kinza, and for forging through the tough decisions. You are so appreciated!    

THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES! Flash! Friday Flashversary Festivities will run Dec 2-6, and Year 2 will officially launch Dec 13. Raise your hand if you’re as giddy as I am!! 


Judge Kinza Carpenter Shores says, First off, I’d like to say that judging these flash fiction contests has been one of the best things I’ve ever done. It’s simply amazing to be a part of this fantastic flash fiction idea- this idea that one could make compelling, complete (!), amazing stories in such small little clear, concise pieces. It’s revolutionized the way I view writing. Every week I’m amazed by all these great writers who always come up with beautiful, poignant stories. There are people who have never won this contest that I’ve had on my top 16 list every single time. You are all so talented! I’ll definitely miss it, and thank you all for the opportunity.



Aria Glazki, “Flight Plan.” Aria’s fantasy adventure captured my interest right away as the imagery is vivid and the threat very realistically described. I felt I could connect with the heroine and feared for her as she made the tough decision to jump. If this were in a novel in the YA section, I would definitely pick it up to find out what happens next.

John Cosgrove, Untitled. This piece exemplified great witty dialogue, and the descriptions of the characters were also vivid and hilarious. This piece was good at things I’ve never thought I was particularly great at, dialogue and humor. It also far and away blew away the competition with the vivid characterization.  


Dr. Magoo, Untitled. For third place I chose DrMagoo’s piece. Setting off a great tone as the first story in the contest, it intrigued me and I read it several times. The mystery made me want to know more, the culture of the place was also intriguing, as was setting the entire piece in some bygone era long ago. The word choice was excellent, as well as sentence structure. I felt the story was very well put together. And I have to say, how did he get the first piece in the middle? I’ve just GOT TO KNOW.


James Marshall,Value.” Its originality and how different it was from all the other stories set it apart for me. I was also impressed that someone managed to put science fiction into a contest about a fairy bridge. Perhaps it was my own NaNo novel being science fiction, or that I’m currently reading Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy to my husband, but this piece amused me. I loved how it humanized these humans far into the future and also made snarky commentary about our current situation–inconsiderate customers and the ever-lingering presence of the company apple. I found that incorporating such a vivid futuristic setting flowed so easily in perhaps a humorous manner and every line in this story well written.

And appearing for the second time as Flash! Friday  



for “Bottleneck” 

 I chose “Bottleneck” as the winning story, perhaps more for the surprise and originality than anything. For this story to have been about a battle, the diction and imagery were wonderful, so vivid and detailed. That twist at the end just floored me. It made me realize that all these stories could possibly be seen from a multitude of view points. The story was crafted beautifully, and every line seemed to have a purpose. It was just great writing.

Congratulations, Mary! Here is your updated Winner’s Page, a hilariously warlike/childlike dragon eBadge (below), and your winning Tale. Watch your inbox for your next Wednesday’s Sixty Seconds interview questions.


The battle had raged for hours, but the small defensive force had brought the invading army to a halt. For three hours Daniel and his men held their ground. Shoulder to shoulder, they blocked every attempt to take the bridge.

The narrow space had forced the Khan’s men to fight in small groups, rendering their superior numbers useless. There was no going around the bridge and no way of reaching the ravine below other than falling.

Daniel had chosen the defenders’ position well. As the fight continued, the Kahn signaled for his archers. There was more than one way to take out a soldier, no matter whose god was on their side.

One volley was all it took.

The Kahn was about to begin his triumphant march into the city when a booming voice echoed across the chasm.

“Danny, it’s time to put your Legos away and go to bed.”


Flash! Friday # 49

CLOSED! whew. And no offense, y’all, but I think next time I’ll take the stairs…. 😀  Results Sunday!

FRIDAY’S HEEEEEEEEERE!  and I couldn’t be more tickled seeing your shiny faces again. I hope you’ve all had a spectacular start to your November, no matter where you are on your writing journey. As for me, I’m in the middle of Draft # 3 of my WIP and am trying a little snowflake method this time around, just for fun. Please tweet the gang @FlashFridayFic to share if you’ve tried snowflaking, and how it worked for you–we’d love to know!

NANOWRIMO NOTE: Story excerpts will be permitted for the month of November. The scene must still incorporate the prompt and offer closure, but it does not need to tell a complete story.
(Find the diamond winged contest rules here.)

This week’s ethereal stories will be judged by NaNoWriMo veteran and SVW member Kinza Carpenter Shores, who is craziest about stories that make a person think or feel. Be sure to check out her judge page to find out more.

And now:

Word limit: 150-word story (NO leeway) based on the photo prompt.

* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (150 words exactly, exclusive of title) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. 

* Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (be sure to check the world clock; Flash! Friday is on Washington, DC time and is currently on Daylight Savings Time–one hour earlier.)

Winners: will post SUNDAY.  

Prize: A stony yet magical e-trophy e-dragon e-badge, a majestically cavernous winner’s page here at FF, an echoing (echoing, echoing) 60-second interview feature next Wednesday, and YOUR NAME in mysterious Chinese characters painted in spectacular calligraphy across the bridges of the world (so to speak). NOTE: Winning and non-winning stories alike remain eligible for selection for Monday’s as-often-as-I-can-get-to-it Flash Points. 

* Follow @FlashFridayFic on Twitter for up-to-date news/announcements/tips on how to help a dragon overcome its fear of heights.  And now for your prompt:

Fairy walking bridge, Huangshang, China. Photo by Jesse Varner.

Fairy walking bridge, Huangshang, China. Photo by Jesse Varner.

Flash! Friday # 43

CLOSED!!!! Thanks to everyone who came to share their stories with us this week. We’ll see you Sunday with the judge’s results. 

It’s true: we have–quite shockingly, I might add, given the shenanigans in last week’s Odd Fellows house–successfully made it to Round # 43. Welcome!  (You should know, by the by, that I’m already elbows-deep in planning a Big. HUGE! one-year anniversary insane blowout. With prizes and everything.)

Back in high school my creative writing teacher gave us daily assignments, but she always said if we had a “rock in our shoe,” something that just had to be written, we could write that instead. Well, today I discovered a rock in my Flash! Friday shoe (yes, dragons wear shoes, though in truth they are more like fluffy house slippers–don’t tell anyone I admitted that). It’s mighty inconvenient, as I had another prompt picked out, and I had the description written up and all ready to go. But then–this pic, this marvelous photo of a child in mid-air silhouette. It bothered me, to the point of shoving the other prompt out of the way and wriggling its way onto the page instead.

Given that display of intense desperation, its stories have got to be good. And I can’t wait to read them.  

(Find the airborne contest rules here.)

This week’s contest is judged by death-defying SVW member Kinza Carpenter Shores who says she’d freely plunge into the depths for a tale that makes her think something new or feel something amazing. Be sure to check out her judge page to find out more.

And now:

Word limit: 150 word story (a leaping 5-word leeway) based on the photo prompt. 

* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (145 – 155 words, exclusive of title) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. 

* Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday’s on Washington, DC time)

Winners: will post SUNDAY 

Prize: An airy e-trophy e-dragon e-badge coming your way, a soaring winner’s page here at FF, a winged and personalized 60-second interview feature next Wednesday, and YOUR NAME ricocheted across the furthest reaches of the sky (so to speak). NOTE: Winning and non-winning stories alike remain eligible for selection for Monday’s Flash Points. 

* Follow @FlashFridayFic on Twitter for up-to-date news/announcements/dragon aviation tips.  And now for your prompt:

Child. Photo by Alexis/El Caminante

Child. Photo by Alexis/El Caminante