WINNER July 26 – August 8, 2018 Flash Fiction Contest “Loss”

And without further ado the Winner is…

1st Place: Perpetuity – Alice Nelson

2nd Place: Church at the Top of the HIll by Ken Cartisano

3rd Place: Lord of the Flies by Roy York

4th Place: Until We Meet Again by J.H. O’Rourke

5th Place: Loss by Ilana Leeds

6th Place: Loss – Who Was the Loser? by RN Bhattacharjee

7th Place: Hawaii by Carrie Zylka

8th Place: One Cup at a Time by Robert Emmett

9th Place: Ambushed by Absence Andy Lake

10th Place: The Age of Television by Dan Carroll

11th Place: Lost Not by Dean Hardage

12th Place: Operation Successful by Nam Raj Khatri

 

Story with the Favorite Character: Robert Emmett/Harold
Story with the Best Use of Dialogue: Robert Emmett

 

CONGRATULATIONS Alice!

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16 thoughts on “WINNER July 26 – August 8, 2018 Flash Fiction Contest “Loss”

  • August 9, 2018 at 2:17 pm
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    Congratulations, Alice and it’s good to see you back. Great story. I thought both Robt. Emmet and Dean Hardage should maybe have placed higher, but that’s just me. I thought both stories were excellent. Of course, my old friend Ken has turned into quite the storyteller and I enjoyed his story immensely. Ilana, I thought your story should have been in the top three, at least. Even if it crowded me out. Good job everyone. Good luck with Travel (the next topic), we’ll see if I’m able to make the trip. Got lots going on. Congrats again, Alice, a story about a grieving mother digging up her dead child to hold a birthday party was just exquisite, if that’s the right word.

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    • August 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm
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      Roy, Exquisite? I think the word you were looking for was ‘exhumate. It was an exhumate story, Alice. Annny way, I had your story at the top of the heap Roy. I thought it was a really creative and imaginative story. I didn’t even have Alice’s story in my top five. (As she well knows,) despite her exquisite writing. What’s interesting is that Robt’s character and dialogue got such high marks despite the story not finishing very high in the poll.

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      • August 10, 2018 at 8:03 am
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        Thanks Ken, I’m thinking of expanding the story and appreciate your comments, very much. Especially from someone whose writing is crisp, clean and imaginative itself. Loved the whole thing about ‘talking to God’, or did he? Very well done.

        Yours received high marks from me as well, but I had put Ilana’s story at the top, simply because it personally resonated with me, and having been in Australia for a considerable period of time a few years ago, I didn’t need anyone to translate the descriptive terms and colloquialisms.

        We’ll have to compare notes some time about being brought up in as a step-child. We may very well have similar stories. It took me a very long time to come to terms with my step-mother’s abuse, selfishness and laziness. I had a couple of relatives quit talking to me after I delivered her eulogy when I said many of the people here today are simply making sure the Wicked Witch is really dead.

        One particular incident that still gnaws at me was when we were at a family reunion and my daughter was with us. My step-mother explained to my daughter that she had intended to get her a card and graduation gift for graduating with Honors from Graduate school (A Masters in Child psychology), but explained she had run out of time and money. but would “make up for it in the future”. This occurred at her house minutes before she threw a birthday party with store bought cake, ice cream and gifts (one of which was a $20 bill from her) for a grand-niece’s two year old son. I had to leave the house for a few minutes to avoid a scene of monumental proportions. My daughter told me it was ‘OK’, but I have never quite recovered from the disappointment I felt in my step-mother at that particular moment.

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      • August 10, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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        That same thing happened to me in the last story line. Finished 8th out of 9 and yet got dialogue. Interesting.

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  • August 9, 2018 at 3:05 pm
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    Congratulations Alice. Hard to choose this week as some excellent stories and many deserving writers

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  • August 9, 2018 at 3:47 pm
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    Congratulations on your exsanguinous story, Alice. Despite your fabulous writing, neither of your characters, except for little Charlie, was particularly sympathetic. (To me.) Yes, Charlie was sympathetic, and the story revolved around him, but didn’t really focus on him. I take that back. I suppose it did focus on him, but he was dead, so, I don’t know.

    I discussed my own story with my mother and i had to confess, “I have no idea what it means, Mom. Not a clue.” I’m surprised that it finished that high in the voting.
    It was a strange story. But then, so was yours.
    Go figure.

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    • August 9, 2018 at 5:17 pm
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      Ken, I definitely thought my story was too dark to win the contest, especially with characters like those two.My guess is people had some empathy for Anna, maybe, or Charlie and that’s why they voted, even thought it was a very tragic story.

      Any hoot, thanks everyone, I am really happy about the win!

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      • August 9, 2018 at 5:48 pm
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        Congratulations, Alice and Ken for your wonderful stories. Savour the moment of your success. Both of you deserve the accolades. In fact, all the contributors are the winners for me this time around. The story I liked the the most ended up at the bottom! That’s Life, I guess.
        Keep up the good work. Happy weekend.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 7:42 am
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    Alice’s story reminds me of a few years back when one of our writers wrote a story about a mother swinging in the park holding a child that turned out to be dead, and a few days later, in an incredible act of life imitating art, a young mother WAS found in a park on a swing, having been there for hours, singing to her dead child. The writer was Adrienne Davis Riggs and I haven’t seen much from her lately, although I know there were some health issues and a family matter. But it was startling to see a story that hadn’t been ripped from the headlines show up in the headlines.

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    • August 10, 2018 at 10:59 am
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      Hey I totally remember that Roy, what a crazy and tragic coincidence. Hopefully Adrienne can re-join the group again.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 8:08 am
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    Absolutely wonderful, Alice. You pulled me in to that story and made me feel all of that hurt, guilt, and misery. Mad props, as they say, for a great piece of work.

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  • August 10, 2018 at 4:11 pm
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    Hey great story Alice and congratulations on the win.
    And to other winners, many fine fine and interesting stories.

    Let’s see if I can post now – haven’t been able to for a few days, hence lack of comments on the last few stories …

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    • August 10, 2018 at 4:13 pm
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      And congrats to Carrie for technical wizardry to restore normal posting services … 🙂

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