WINNER! Flash Fiction Contest “Socks”

And without further ado the Winner is…

1st Place: Roy M. York “Pink Socks

2nd Place: Wendy Edsall-Kerwin “The Place Behind the Dryer”

3rd Place: Alice Nelson “Irregular”

4th Place: Phil Town “Docks”

5th Place: Ken Cartisano  “Grandma’s Dirt”

6th Place: David Lott “Different Dog”

7th Place: Amy Meyer “Zinnia”

8th Place: Carrie Zylka “The Battle of the Maytag 5000”

9th Place: Maud Harris “Line of Enquiry”

Story with the Favorite Character: Wendy: Sock/Narrator
Story with the Best Pacing: Phil Town
Story with the Best Use of Dialogue: Roy M. York

Anyone who would like to get their vote totals may send an email to liflashfiction(at)gmail(dot)com to request details.

Congratulations Roy -Again. Great Job!!

To read all of the stories entered and find out how you can participate in our weekly/bi-weekly/monthly short story contests please go to: Socks.

Per the new process, RM York will choose the March 29 prompt/theme. Visit  to view the Writing Prompt Roster.


22 thoughts on “WINNER! Flash Fiction Contest “Socks”

  • March 15, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Congrats on the win, Roy. In honor of this inauspicious occasion, I wrote you a poem. (Actually, I wrote a poem at you.) Here it comes.

    In A Row.

    A poem for Roy, who won the last round;
    Congratulations! On beating Phil Town.

    For those who don’t know, that’s two in a row;
    And those who are green, I’ll set up the scene.
    We’ll let him enjoy, the ‘eau’ of success;
    But I should confess, he’d do nothing less.

    As I endeavor to write something gory;
    ‘Bout a stuttering kid, who gets trapped in a quarry.
    Encouragement is, apart from the glory;
    A pretty good reason, to write one more story.

    Back in the spring when my spritzer was spry,
    a string of four tales, concocted did I.
    I don’t mean to boast, but if bragging it be;
    Along with the fourth, I won the first three.

    Everyone knows what statistics can show;
    It’s no easy task, to win four in a row.
    So if you intend, to match my best score;
    I’m sorry old friend, you must win two more.

    • March 16, 2018 at 10:29 am


    • March 16, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Oh my goodness Ken, I think you missed your calling. You have a poet hidden beneath that gruff exterior 🙂

      • March 16, 2018 at 12:05 pm

        I have a gruff exterior? I didn’t know that. Thanks Alice. That explains a lot of strange events in my life.

    • March 19, 2018 at 9:44 am

      Mr Cartisano

      I don’t think you have the required documentation to post something like that (at the top of the page) i.e. a poetic license.

      But be that as it may, I also don’t think I should be singled out at the start of the pome [sic] just because it was an easy rhyme to make. I’ve rubbed both my brain cells together and come up with a more inclusive extension:

      A poem for Roy, and gold in a pot
      Congratulations! On beating Dave Lott

      A poem for Roy, the crème de la milka
      Congratulations! On beating the Zylka

      A poem for Roy, who takes the chalice
      Congratulations! On beating our Alice

      A poem for Roy, who wins a trip to Paris
      Congratulations! On beating Maud Harris

      A poem for Roy, forthwith I send thee
      Congratulations! On beating Wendy

      A poem for Roy, the man’s on fire
      Congratulations! On beating Amy Meyer

      A poem for Roy, a toast, and then
      Congratulations! On beating Ken

      (Ah, ‘seasy this poetry lark. I may give up my day job.)

      • March 19, 2018 at 8:04 pm

        This is so much fun. Two poet laureates doing battle. You can tell by their tongues, they’re Longfellows.
        Roses are red, violets are blue, It’s been a good day, thanks to you two.

  • March 16, 2018 at 9:51 am

    Well done Roy, and others for placing.

    “A poem for Roy, who won the last round;
    Congratulations! On beating Phil Town.”
    – I notice Ken in your poem you sidestepped the challenge of finding a line ending to rhyme with Edsall-Kerwin …

    • March 16, 2018 at 12:04 pm

      Fred’s Ethel Merman; a hermit named Herman, A Gen’ral named Sherman; A footstool for vermin. (I could have done it. Probably. But Phil Town’s name worked out so well.)

      • March 16, 2018 at 8:22 pm

        Technically, Ken, I think those are assonance rather than true rhyme … keep going … 🙂

        • March 17, 2018 at 5:11 pm

          Andy, I looked up ‘assonance’ and I’m still not sure what it means. But when people start throwing words like that around, I know its time for me to sit down and shut up.

          • March 18, 2018 at 6:21 pm

            It’s always fun to tweak someone’s tail by giving them a playful kick in the assonance, Ken 🙂

    • March 16, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Thanks, Andy.

    • March 16, 2018 at 1:14 pm

      Wendy, thank you. And, a big congrats to you. Even though I was feeling confident about ‘Pink Socks’, your story made me extremely nervous, and I’m willing to bet there weren’t too many points difference after the tally. As I have said, this group is geared to writing excellent flash fiction and is great competition. My goal, however, is to win, each contest if possible, as that’s the way I approach each day. Just trying to make this one better than the one before it. Otherwise, why pick up the pen if you think you are going to lose?

  • March 16, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Well, thank you Ken, for the poem. Perhaps I need to rewrite my Harbor story before submission because my beta reader told me it was ‘ordinary’ and that was after she redlined it. I, however, disagree with her assessment and may just work extra hard. to make it even better than I think it already is.

    Winning three in a row against this bunch would be difficult in the best of circumstances, including a head start, coaching by Stephen King and year’s subscription to Flash Fiction Writing for Dummies. (I actually have the ‘Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books already – it was a gift from an adoring fan. Either that or a big hint from a not so adoring fan, I can’t remember anymore.)

    Anyway, I appreciate your kind words and the challenge. I shall endeavor to live up to your record (and crush it). Wild horses cannot drag the information from me that I actually hold the record for most in a row (5 – count ’em – five), but, alas, that was before your time. In fairness, there were far few challengers in many weekly contests (it was once a week in the old days), although two of the challengers, Bill Perring and the late Nita Wilson are successful published best selling authors. As I say, however, I won’t be mentioning that, don’t want to discourage people. Then Alice, Phil, and a few others showed up, you included to end that tidy little run. Wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • March 17, 2018 at 4:41 pm

    Well—Alice has won more times than both of us. In fact, Alice has won so many times, she has a complex about it. I once caught her trying to pretend that she didn’t win, even though she had the most votes.
    She was like, “Great win Philip. A job well done, my friend.”
    And I was all like, “Wait a minute, your story was twelve times better than his. There’s no way he could win. I gave your story two first place votes. That’s how good it was.”
    And she was like, “Shhh, keep it down will you? I don’t want anyone to think I was cheating?”
    And I was like, “Who called you a cheater? I’ll kick their literary ass.”
    And she was like, “No, no. Nobody, nobody. I’m just afraid people may think that.”
    And then I was like, “Well Alice, if you get tired of winning, as I imagine you must, sometimes, just pull your story from the voting.”
    And she said, “You know Ken, for such a gruff looking guy, you sure are smart.”

    And you can be sure this is true because, you’ll notice that, at no time did she ever say I was a good writer. Only that I was smart.
    So there you go. There’s your real competition. Not me.
    Now—if it was a bullshit competition, Alice wouldn’t stand a chance.

    • March 17, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Not that any of that was bullshit. (Except for the part where I offered to kick someone’s ass. I made that up.) The rest of it was basically true.

    • March 17, 2018 at 6:25 pm

      Ha Ken, you make me laugh so much. I chuckled the whole way through reading this. It’s mostly true except for the fact that I don’t think I’ve won more than you and Roy, and I do think you’re a helluva writer. 🙂

    • March 18, 2018 at 12:00 pm

      All in all, with everything considered, there’s a very good collectiion of writers in this group. Since we are judged by ourselves, it is difficult to establish a true winner each week, because invariably, factors begin to cloud our voting judgement. That, unfortunately, is something that is going to happen and I accept it due to the nature of the beast.

      Such as, ‘well, I’ve got two stories I can’t make up my mind about and I’ll pick story A, just because story B’s author subconsciously pissed me off last week during a critique, or story B’s author has already won two or three times, so I’ll give it to story A.” See what I mean, and usually, it’s not even evident in our thinking. I know we try to be fair and try to stick to judging on content, style, flow and dialogue regardless of our feelings for the author.

      I don’t know if anyone remembers it, or not, Ilana might, she was in the contest when it happened, but back in 2013 or 2014 or so, we had all the stories sent to me via email and I posted them without anyone knowing who the authors were and we voted that way. It was very eye opening. We had some people who felt that their personality may have clouded the voters judgements, and we found out that it was probably true, but in the wrong sense. The authors who were getting high votes suddenly got fewer and lower votes because the stories WERE being judged on personalities, but in a positive sense. I’ll vote for this author because they HAVEN’T won, and maybe this will give them a boost. The better stories won without anyone knowing the authors. Personally, I suggested we do it without knowing who the authors were every week, but that didn’t go over well, either. Some people felt that all the authors couldn’t be trusted to NOT vote for themselves.

      In fact, the contest I entered last fall and came out in the top 5 out of 898 entries, had a requirement you couldn’t put your name on the story, because they wanted fair judgement.

      I know we all would probably like to win every week, but maybe that’s just the way I think. I wouldn’t be entering the contest if I didn’t think I could win it. That’s my goal every time I sit down to write. To write a damn good story. Although, if it doesn’t win and I’m still happy with the story I wrote, even though someone wrote one that is better, I can live with that. Unless it’s Ken. In that case, I probably will go someplace and pout. Now, I gotta get busy on my Harbor story and send it in.

      • March 19, 2018 at 5:10 am

        Yes. I remember that . I suspended my nationality for a day and wrote in US English and nobody guessed.

  • March 18, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Congratulations, Roy!

    • March 18, 2018 at 9:11 pm

      Thanks Phil. Pink socks is one of my favorite stories I’ve written and I don’t quite know why. It was nice to see it hit the top because that means other people liked it too.


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