WINNER July 12 – July 25, 2018 Flash Fiction Contest “A Branch”

And without further ado the Winner is…

1st Place: Root and Branch – Andy Lake

2nd Place: Curiosity – Dean Hardage

3rd Place: Unpathed Waters – Amy Meyer

4th Place: Tap! Tap! Tap! – Ilana Leeds

5th Place: For Everything – Ken Cartisano

6th Place: The Right Branch – RM York

7th Place: What’s in a Name – Phil Town

8th Place: Branch with an apple – Nam Raj Khatri


Story with the Favorite Character: Andy Lake/Narrator
Story with the Best Use of Dialogue: Dean Hardage



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16 thoughts on “WINNER July 12 – July 25, 2018 Flash Fiction Contest “A Branch”

  • July 26, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    Hey, that’s nice. Thanks Alice, thanks Jen.

    My guess is that there were a goody number of 2nd and 3rd votes for my story, as there were certainly other stories more worthy of a 1st place vote! Well done to all

    And Jen, if the computer says no, just go round it and email to higher authority 🙂

    • July 26, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      No Andy, you had several first and second place votes!
      You killed it!

  • July 26, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    Congrats Andy well deserved win. Good story.

    • July 27, 2018 at 1:49 am

      Hey thanks, Ilana.
      I guess you ought to feature in my next story. Hmm, I wonder …

  • July 27, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Congrats to the deserving winner, Andy. Your stories are getting strikingly handsomer by the day. Proud of you.
    And this is for you, Carrie. When I was casting my votes, I scrolled down to see if there were more contributors. I was surprised to find Phil’s name missing in the list. I had to make some readjustments as a result, especially relating to 3-5. Just now, while looking at the names of the Winners, I was surprised to see Phil occupying the fifth place! How come his name was missing in mine?

    • July 28, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Many thanks, Rathin
      “…getting strikingly handsomer by the day…” Ad hopefully not only my stories! Many thanks for the kind words.

  • July 27, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Congratulations, Andy! Richly deserved, once again.

  • July 27, 2018 at 1:07 pm

    Excellent work, Andy!

    • July 27, 2018 at 5:24 pm

      Many thanks, Dean.
      And good to see you back here too!

  • July 28, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Congratulations Andy.

    I had you in second for the sheer elegance of your writing. But Dean got my top vote this week. I mean, that tree of his! That was pretty spectacular. An intelligent tree, from an alien planet, composed of metal, with a thirst for human blooooood!

    How did that not win?
    I smell a conspiracy.

    Your writing is top-notch, Andy. Really smooth, yet concise. You always post such flawless narratives. Congrats on the win!

    I had my whole family over for dinner last night, and I confronted them about my condition.

    “So, when were you all going to tell me?”
    “Tell you what?” They all looked so innocent.
    “About my face.”
    “What about it?”
    “Well-look at it.”
    “Do we have to?” They were all looking at it. “Okay, we looked. So what?”
    “Well what?”
    “It’s weather beaten!”
    My sister started laughing. The more she thought about it the funnier it seemed.
    My mother was sympathetic. “Is it weather beaten? I didn’t even notice. Are you weather beaten, son?”
    My brother laughs too. He says, “A woman told you this?”
    “No. It was a guy.”
    “Then what do you care? Some women like weather beaten men.”
    “No they don’t.” I said.
    “They do if they’ve been a little weathered themselves.”
    “Well yeah.” I said, “I just didn’t think that I was there yet.”
    He rolled his head and eyes. “You’re there, bro. Accept it.”

    Man, fifth place AND weather beaten. What next?

    • July 28, 2018 at 1:18 am

      What next? Storm-tossed, haggard and bedraggled?
      So there’s room for progress yet, lol! Kidding, of course 🙂

      Thank you for the kind words about my writing. And I wouldn’t disagree at all with your placing of Dean’s story ahead of mine. So I plan no revenge for your honesty. Honestly.


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