Winner! Bonus Flash Fiction Contest “The Harbor”

And without further ado the Winner is…

1st Place: Ken Cartisano – First Mate

2nd Place: Andy Lake – Ghostwritten

3rd Place: Wendy Edsall-Kerwin – The Night Mother’s Prize

4th Place: Charles Lilburn – Tide and Time Waits For No Man

5th Place: Carrie Zylka – Challenged

6th Place: Mike Elphick – An Imperfect Storm

7th Place: Bryan McNamara – Closing Mulberry Harbour

Story with the Favorite Character: Charles Lilburn/Lori
Story with the Best Pacing: Ken Cartisano
Story with the Best Use of Dialogue: Andy Lake

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

Congratulations Ken!!!

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7 thoughts on “Winner! Bonus Flash Fiction Contest “The Harbor”

  • March 22, 2018 at 10:04 am

    Congrats to all the winners, and a special shout out to my old buddy Mike Elphick, I thought you might be in the winner’s circle this week, but alas, this is a tough group. Nice job Ken, Andy, Wendy and Carrie.

  • March 22, 2018 at 10:24 am

    Congratulations everyone! As usual it is fun to see how different each person’s take on the theme is, even with having to use the same opening lines.

  • March 22, 2018 at 11:57 am

    Congratulations Ken – fine writing
    And everyone for their takes on the topic, a fun few days of reading and writing.

    • March 22, 2018 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks Bryan,
      I have some notes, comments and impressions about your story, I’ll post them under it on the thread. I read everyone else’s suggestions and they seemed pretty useful. I don’t know what help my comments may be, but I gave your story, like all the others, a fair amount of thought and consideration. (I’m semi-retired.) If they don’t help, well, nothings lost.

  • March 22, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    I demand a recount!

    That was a long dry spell. Seven, eight months? Ouch. The positive comments are like blood transfusions to a trauma patient.

    I appreciate the votes, it’s a vindication of my opinion. I thought this was a very good story too.

    If there’s one thing this whole episode has taught me, I have no idea what it is.
    So I’ll make something up. If you want to win this contest, it helps if Alice, Phil and Maude are on vacation. Along with Christopher and Randall.

    If it’s worth anything, I re-wrote this thing seven times. That’s eight versions. The seventh was as bad as the second. (That’s kind of weird.) But the eighth was ten times better than the seventh. (Surprised the hell out of me, that’s for sure.)

    Changing the gender of the main character turned the plot on its ear. Then I changed the beginning, and the ending to suit the new plot, and once I did those two things, it was a different story, and I was able to go thru it front to back about three times, editing it very quickly from that point on. All of that transpired in slightly less than two hours. I have no idea what made me change the character’s sex. Divine inspiration. (I believe in that. Not sure when I’m getting it, or whether it’s just another delusion.)

    A tip of the hat to the runner ups. Wendy, Carrie, Roy and Andy. It feels neat to beat the elite for a change. Good luck on the next prompt.

    Hey, am I going to have to write my own poem here? Jeez. I don’t get no respect around here, I tell ya. No re-spect.
    I won this online contest the other day. And the prize was a free poem. When I won the contest I said, where’s my free poem? And they said, ‘you gotta write it yourself.’ No respect, I tell ya.

  • March 23, 2018 at 4:06 am

    I think your story has legs, Ken. Sea legs, even. I mean as well as working in itself, it could be the set-up for a longer Conrad-type piece. How they get together, or don’t. How she always looks up to him, or doesn’t quite, given her background or being fearful of a powerful father-figure. How he becomes possessive and jealous.

    A year later she’s pregnant. He won’t let her on the boat ‘in your condition’

    ‘What do you mean, in my condition? I was born on a boat, you lummox!’

    ‘Well, you’re not giving birth on one. I’m the Captain. Besides, you’re my wife, and I can’t be having favourites amongst the crew.’

    ‘What do you mean favourites? I’m your only crew, dunderhead. And I wanna promotion.’

    ‘”Lummox, dunderhead”, eh? I get no respect ….’


    Many ingredients for a bestseller. Seriously.


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