WINNER June 28 – July 11Flash Fiction Contest “Refugee”

And without further ado the Winner is…

1st Place: Safety of the Shore – Charlotte Williams

2nd Place: For A Place Under the Sun – Rathin Bhattacharjee

3rd Place: No Place Like Home – Andy Lake

4th Place: Hope – Phil Town

5th Place: Displaced – Ilana Leeds

6th Place: Refugee – Anindita Basu

7th Place: Miza and Megha – Nam Raj Khatri

8th Place: The Price of Survival – Robert Emmett

9th Place: Southampton – Amy Meyer



Story with the Favorite Character: Nam Raji Khatri/Megha
Story with the Best Use of Dialogue: Charlotte



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17 thoughts on “WINNER June 28 – July 11Flash Fiction Contest “Refugee”

  • July 12, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    Congratulation to Williams. Congratulation also goes to Megha – character of my story. Let she become free.

    • July 13, 2018 at 3:40 am

      Thank you, Nam! Congratulations to you too! 😊

  • July 12, 2018 at 11:26 pm

    Congratulations Charlotte. Well done.

    • July 13, 2018 at 3:53 am

      Thank you Ilana😊😊

  • July 13, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Hi there guys and gals,

    Congrats to Charlotte and the other runners-up.

    Sorry I missed the vote, I was on the road.

    Thanks for the kind remarks on my ‘hopelessly positive’ story. The prompt elicited a wave of pathos, which I anticipated, and wanted desperately to create an upbeat story. (Perhaps too desperately.)

    Due to my location I was unable to access the Internet more than twice, couldn’t do any research, which I rely on to prime the creative pump. So I wrote the story at the last minute, and really felt that the writing was rough and rather Spartan compared to the other beautifully crafted stories this week.

    Which is why I wanted to offer an apology for the brevity of my comments on the other stories, as I was (once again) for the most part, without Internet access except while ensconced in a diner with limited hours and I am not, by any stretch, a speed-reader; no matter how much coffee I drink. (Or speed I snort.) Not that I would ever do such a thing. (At my age.)

    Only now (midnight on the cusp of Friday the 13th) was I able to read all the comments on all the stories and found them particularly insightful. (A word I use to excess, I know, but my Thesaurus is in the shop for repairs.) The comments were more than insightful; they were interesting. You are all such intriguing characters. Except for Philip, who assures me in the most compulsive and disingenuous way that he is, in every means and measure, boring beyond description. (A brilliant strategy too, because I’m not buying it, Philip.)

    Symbolism is not my forte, creating it or deciphering it, (I’m practically immune to it) and so the observations of the other writers is and was most enlightening in that regard, as there was quite a lot of it in the stories for this prompt that I completely missed until others pointed it out.

    I don’t know if this is worth sharing, but:
    The funny thing about my vacations is that they make my life seem like ‘the vacation.’
    I spent at least 22 hours repairing my lawn tractor, from under it. (Which weighs about 800 pounds), I cut a hole in the ceiling (on purpose), got bitten by an array of spiders that would alarm an entomologist. (Or is it, etymologist? Poisonologist? Whatever–I have more lumps than wrinkles.) Survived an invasion of centipedes that overwhelmed the spiders, (they’re actually kind of cute, (the centipedes) I started giving them names. This is Bert, and this is Gerty, that one’s Dan, next to Deedee and Greta and that one over there is Milo, next to Festus. Etc. Etc. “But how can you tell them apart?” She asked. “Well, look here, if you pick them up and look on their undersides, you can see differences in their striped legs. It’s so simple.”) I’ve come to respect the ubiquitous poison ivy, which in addition to being a delivery system for spiders and centipedes also grows on any surface that isn’t underwater.

    On the brighter side, I believe I’ve discovered a bug that despite being no bigger than the head of a pin can kick like a mule, found that I have a talent for convincing cows to get out of the road, (I’m a ‘cow whisperer’, who knew?) got into a debate about religion with a born again Christian, (that didn’t end in a fist fight,) and got a video of a newly born fawn on the ‘Critter Cam.’ (Truly.)

    My wife/girlfriend/boss came to me the second or third morning all choked up with tears in her eyes and hugged me. She said, “This place is so beautiful.” And that, of course, makes it all worthwhile.

  • July 13, 2018 at 2:34 am

    Congratulations, Charlotte. Fine story, and had one of my top votes.

    • July 13, 2018 at 3:55 am

      Thank you, Andy! 😊

  • July 13, 2018 at 2:35 am

    I am mystified, though, how a story with no dialogue was voted best for dialogue.
    As a group, are we sure what dialogue is? 🙂

    • July 13, 2018 at 2:43 am

      Maybe it was the dialogue in their own heads as they read the story that won the day. 🙂

    • July 13, 2018 at 3:39 am

      I’m pretty baffled by that as the story had not a single bit of dialogue, but I’m certainly very grateful, and maybe Alice is right!

  • July 13, 2018 at 3:58 am

    Maybe that was the point? The best use of dialogue, in the case of my story, was to not use it at all. Perhaps the absence of dialogue can have just as much impact as including dialogue? Still mystified😂

    • July 13, 2018 at 10:11 am

      Thank you! It’s so encouraging for the first time I’ve ever posted on here, you guys are awesome and all worthy winners😊😊

      • July 13, 2018 at 1:32 pm

        Hi, Charlotte. It is a stupendous achievement to win the title at the very first go/attempt. CONGRATULATIONS. Proud of you. Keep up the good work.
        Nam, you deserve a special mention as well for creating The Best Character. I did go through your story but refrained myself from commenting on it for reasons best known to me. Well done, buddy.
        I am sorry to have missed Amy’s story. Though the winners are already decided, I’ll make it a point to read hers at the earliest.
        What happened to that dear lady, Ms. Wendy? She is fed up with us or what?
        I am not yet done with the paper corrections, so I may not visit the site for the next 3/4 days. Till the crack of another exciting dawn, let me offer my sincerest thanks to all those people who helped one of my long-cherished dreams cone true by voting for my story ahead of the stories of the giants like Phil, Andy, Phil, Maud and a few others. Love you all.
        Finally, Ken, I have to go through your comments here on the yaaky spiders and centipedes, twice or thrice more to be able to write anything on it. But some thing, call it intuition or gut feeling or whatever, tells me that it is a great piece of writing. Take care and good bye to you all for the time being.

        • July 13, 2018 at 8:44 pm

          Thank you ever so much! I’m very honoured and grateful for the support, advice and encouragement of the community on here! Still trying to navigate the waters, but I’ll get there😂
          Congratulations to you also, it was a fantastic piece and I loved reading it😊📖

        • July 14, 2018 at 3:57 am

          Raffin, If you’re going to re-read my ‘Spider’s Lament’ three times, I suggest you speed read it, if possible. I wouldn’t call it good writing.
          I miss Wendy and Janet.
          I spent three hours working on a comment earlier today that seemed so funny as I wrote it, that I had tears streaming down my face. I was going to post it, but decided to wait till the evening, to give myself a chance to read it once or twice more to make sure it seemed okay.
          Second time I read it though, it just didn’t seem that funny.
          When I’m out of town for a while, I get filled up with words, kind of like eating everyday without ‘un-eating.’ I get full of words and I have to ‘release them into the wild’ as it were. Most people ignore my word fits, and you probably should too. I think the general rule is: Just don’t let your kids read ’em.
          (Actually, I’m just posting something to see if I put in the correct password for this site.)

  • July 18, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    Congrats to all the winners. Wonderful stories. I attempted once again to vote but was unable to. Take care and keep writing.



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