Ruth also sent these comments:
What joy and agony it has been to judge this contest. I love short stories, always have, always will and Flash Fiction is the icing on the cupcakes. These Stories are sooooooo well written. If in a creative writing class, I would not have been able to suggest eliminating a SINGLE WORD. They were all that well written. And I’m glad to see the Folktale is alive and being written. Loved these discoveries. There’s a lot of very professional work here and I am truly impressed. . I can see these all in print. And I wish they could all win this contest.
Here are some of my thoughts and reading responses. Tell all who entered how impressed I am! Double impressed.
Honorable Mention “Down from the Ledge” - Deborah Gross
Irony is never easy to write about, and this tackles a tough subject (one very near to me, I might say). Nicely done. Good writing.
Honorable Mention “It Was Her Birthday, and She Was 17”- Amanda Lampley
Good voice, teen angst very well done. This voice rises off the page.
“Ice Cream”- Frank Saraco
A great entry for an online flash magazine. Cute. Well written.
“Decisions” - Bonnie Olsen
This will publish in any number of online magazines. I wish Women’s World still ran the really good “love” stories like this one.
“Colorless” - Ebony Morman
Pure poetry. Very sensuous.
“On the Bus” - Jane Rockwell
Nicely done. I loved some of the lines: “Now a sightseer, taking snapshots.”
“The Fierce Defender” - Erica Love
Wow! Four-line rhymed stanzas. It is wonderful, but more of a poem than flash fiction. Strong subject matter. Publish this.
“The Boar and the Fox Revisited”- Randy White
A wonderfully fresh folktale. Loved it. Great!
“Two Statues of Frederick Dogless” - Nik Bristow
Fresh, new folktale. Very well written.
“A Job with Benefits”- Mary Struble Deery
Very contemporary and so tender. Evokes sympathy on many levels. Chekhovian.
“The Headstone”- Landis Wade
Family drama. This one could be a novel. So much between the lines. Good work.
“Three Days After Daddy’s Funeral”- Nicole Gause
Family drama that could be a novel. We get the tip of the iceberg here. Want to know more, keep reading.
“Good Riddance”- Greg Simmons
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