WINNER! Flash Fiction Contest “Elements”

And without further ado the Winner is…

1st Place: Ilana Leeds – It’s elementary, my dear!

2nd Place: Andy Lake – Elemental

3rd Place: Kenneth P. Cartisano – The Department Of Matter Vesicles

4th Place: Phil Town – The List

5th Place: Dean Hardage – Hero


Story with the Favorite Character: Andy Lake – Ella
Story with the Best Pacing: Andy Lake
Story with the Best Use of Dialogue: Ilana Leeds

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

Congratulations Ilana!!

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:

Per the new process, Andy Lake will choose the January 18 prompt/theme. Visit  to view the Writing Prompt Roster.


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10 thoughts on “WINNER! Flash Fiction Contest “Elements”

  • January 5, 2018 at 11:07 am

    Ilana Congratulations!! Fantastic!

  • January 5, 2018 at 11:58 am

    Congratulations to the winners!

  • January 5, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Congratulations, Ilana!

  • January 5, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Congrats Ilana
    Fun story, excellent pacey dialogue and a well-drawn, memorable central character.

  • January 5, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Enjoyed the other stories too.

    And while I’m here, many thanks to Carrie and Alice for hosting the show through 2017 and taking care with all the practical details, the scoring, the visual quality of the pages – and everything.

    • January 5, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Thank you Andy, looking forward to 2018 🙂

  • January 6, 2018 at 4:17 am

    Thanks everyone for the congratulations. You know, I was so sure that Andy was going to win this one, it has come at a real shock. I was thinking Andy, Phil and Ken, then maybe I might have snuck in a fourth or fifth place. Surprise. I also want to give Carrie and Alice a vote of thanks for the hosting of the short story competition and the totally of votes after corralling all the writers to vote. That must be one of the hardest jobs and the most frustrating.
    Love you guys – you are better than family in your supportive and constructive criticism. I really think I did not deserve to win this time because I did not post my edited version although we had extra time.
    I am already writing the Murder at Midnight story and hope to post it by Tuesday.

  • January 8, 2018 at 12:25 am

    Congratulations Ilana,
    Way to go. Great story, excellent writing. And you most certainly DID deserve to win. (After all, this is a writing group, not the U.S. Election system.)

    And to Alice and Carrie, I too am grateful to both of you for all the time and energy you two invest in this site so that I can blather on about practically anything any time I want. As a matter of fact, I’m planning on taking over the world pretty soon, and I’ve decided to use this site to get my message out to the masses. I hate to so ruthlessly use you two in this way, but, I am, after all, inherently evil. (I think we all suspected it at one point or another.) So in light of these new circumstances, I hope you two will keep up the good work.
    (The masses are counting on you.)

    • January 8, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      Ah Ken, it is not you but me, who will take over the world by infecting my readers with commonsense, (I sincerely hope) and a belief in themselves. This is not shades of “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” but “Peace Reigns the Heart” I want to be inherently good but the flesh is willing, weak and weary. So sloth doth take me unawares and I slumber at times, unbeknown to those closest to me. Only G-D being continually alert, reminds me that I am a human capable of good and evil inclinations, thus the battle rages and only when peace reigns, am I calm. Passion misdirected can lead one astray in many ways.
      OMG did I write that. Better take my meds. (Only joking.)

  • January 10, 2018 at 6:38 pm

    “Passion misdirected” would make for a good contest theme, Ilana


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