PhotobucketSeven Sundays of scorching flash fiction have gone by in, well, a flash! Today is the last Sunday in WU’s Seven Sizzling Sundays of Summer Flash Fiction contest. This week’s prompt inspired so many wonderful stories, we had another tough time selecting winners. Thank you to all who participated.

Our honorable mentions this week are:

William Lailey (“Sanjay stared down the barrel of his MG 5A 7.62 mm light machine gun, bored.”)
Jean Kisacky (“They say a fire can burn faster through a canopy.”)
Rosalind Smith-Nazilli (“They keep telling my family that I am intellectually challenged.”)
Colleen Wood (“She’s back again.”)
Trudy (“My dress offers scant protection from the midday sun.”)
ML Swift (“Season of Life.”)
John Buss (“In the Fishbowl.”)

And this week’s winners, in no particular order are:

Michael Molony (“The Girl and the Wolf.”)
Tonia Harris (“Autumn Dance.”)
Larissa Thomson (“Her first trip is kalidescopic  kaleidoscopic.” thanks for pointing out my typo, Dana! Kath)

Congratulations to Tonia, Michael, and Larissa! Your stories have made our finalists’ round, and will be part of the big WU vote.

Huge thanks to the talented Debbie Ohi for providing us weeks of inspiration!

And now we turn it over to you to vote for your favorites. We were blown away by the truly stunning wordsmithing. We enjoyed reading ALL the stories, and we hope you did too. Let us know in the comments if this type of contest scratches your particular writing itch and why — you never know when we might try this again. :-)

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