WINNER September 12 – September 26 2018 Flash Fiction Contest “The Trunk” (Bonus)

And without further ado the Winner is…

1st Place: Explanations by Roy York

2nd Place: The Trunk: The Mystery of the Magic Mirror by Rathin

3rd Place: Unnamed by Sandra Woolf

4th Place: Tired By Lisa Cowan

5th Place: Para-D by Robt. Emmett

6th Place (not really since I submitted after the deadline but I’m including it anyway!):  Girl by Carrie Zylka

Story with the Favorite Character: Robert in Unnamed by Sandra Woolf
Story with the Best Use of Dialogue: The Trunk: The Mystery of the Magic Mirror by Rathin


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12 thoughts on “WINNER September 12 – September 26 2018 Flash Fiction Contest “The Trunk” (Bonus)

  • September 27, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Congrats, Roy. You are setting your own benchmark. I should be ecstatic actually. But I am not. It is interesting how we change in a matter of hours. Right now I am going through a book called “The Kite Fighter” by Khaled Hosseini and I am beginning to understand the difference between these great writers and a novice like me. I’ll have to keep on writing and hoping that with each endeavour, I can only get better.
    Congrats to Sandra, Lisa and Rob too. I did go through all your stories but refrained from commenting for a change. Keep it up.

    • September 27, 2018 at 12:32 pm

      RNB, I must say though that you are the most consistent writer in the group. You have not missed a single prompt since you started participating and that is a feat in itself!
      And I for one think you are becoming a fantastic writer.
      With every new story you post, I enjoy it more than the last.
      Keep up the good work.

      • September 27, 2018 at 12:38 pm

        Thank you, Carrie. Your kind words really mean a lot to me. I couldn’t read your story but I’ll do so first thing tomorrow. Take care and be my friend, always. Love you.

        • September 27, 2018 at 2:25 pm

          You should…I think you’ll like the doctor in the story….. 😉

    • September 27, 2018 at 6:39 pm

      Rathin, congrats to you. It’s funny, how we are affected by authors. If I were going to emulate someone in my writing, it would be Ray Bradbury, of Martian Chronicles fame.

      Some very good authors are castigated by some critics, and beloved by others. I once thought one of the best stories I ever read was by Norman Mailer, and later, I thought one of the worst stories I ever read was by Norman Mailer. So, I guess you can’t win ’em all.

      Keep writing Rathin, I see a difference in your writing and others do too, so it’s not just me. Just one thing, do yourself, and us, a favor. Check your work carefully. It will make you a better writer. I go back over mine sentence by sentence. That’s all I got. Keep on writing.

      • September 27, 2018 at 7:14 pm

        Thank you, Roy. Of late, I have been hearing of ‘karmic connection’ a lot. There must be some karmic connection between the two of us. It gives me a lot of happiness that for at least once in my life, I am right up there behind someone I admire.
        Let me try to look further ahead. Five years down the line. We both are still writing then, almost ritualistically. You, in your eighties (?), I, in my mid sixties. The most important thing is, despite many of our differences, we have held on to our beliefs, our friendship. I will have learnt a lot from you by then, will have become a more refined writer and a better human being, for you. You will always have a place in my heart, Roy.
        May God bless you. May you be healthy and happy too,. May you continue to contribute for enriching the lives of many for a long, long time to come. With warm regards.

    • September 27, 2018 at 7:51 pm

      Keep doing what you’re doing. I enjoy reading your writing.

      • September 28, 2018 at 8:09 am

        You people are making life difficult for me, LA73 (Do you have a name, by the way?). All my life I’ve been a very ordinary person. Till recently, It didn’t matter to anyone, as far as I know, if I was dead or alive.
        Now, all on a sudden, I got to see this note a few days back from Ken. Ken Cartisano!!! I hope you know who this Mogul monarch is? He assured me by asking me to keep writing and how my last position in the last contest, surprised him. This morning turned out to be the morning of all mornings when I had this lovely, life-expanding comment from Carrie. She suggested that I read her story ( I was just bowled over when I found the doc named Rathin!) and went on to praise me for being one of the most ‘consistent’ writers of this site since I joined. But the cherry in the pudding (Thanks, Roy. See what a learner I am turning out to be?) was when she remarked that she liked each one of my stories better than the previous one ( God bless this occidental beauty. If I ever get to meet Ms. Carrie Zylka in life, I’ll offer her a tin of rasgulas, sweetmeats, all the way from India).
        And now you, LA73. Despite the intimidating tone, I love the message: Keep doing what you’re doing(don’t blabber or clobber much). I enjoy your writing.
        I do hope when I leap out of bed tomorrow, I won’t find myself getting out of a pleasant dream as well. Whatever, thanks LA73 for making me feel like a celebrity, even if the feeling lasts for an hour or so.
        Take care and keep encouraging.

        • September 28, 2018 at 11:38 am

          Lisa 😃

          • September 28, 2018 at 11:51 am

            What a lovely name! I read your story. Keep writing and making a difference.
            All the best.

  • September 27, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Thank you, darlin’. I just wanted to have some fun. Short and sweet, a little misdirection that apparently worked, and a nice little twist on the end. All in all, I am very pleased. Even though you weren’t in the running, but beating you at this game is one of my goals, so let’s get a story going for End of the World.


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