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Flash Fiction Contest Round 11

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Picture by Mark Graf

Thank you to everyone who participated in round 10 [1] of the WU Flash Fiction Contest. Every month, I am surprised and impressed anew by the different perspectives everyone takes using the same prompt.

Can you believe it’s already November? This is your last chance to score a place in next month’s grand final. As always, you have seven days to write a 250 word story based on the image above. We’re getting so close to declaring our overall winner, I can almost taste the anticipation. There have also been a few extra prizes added the grand prize, so make sure you check those out below. And now, on to the fine print.

The rules:

What the winner receives: 

Each month’s winning story will be announced the following month, and republished on Writer Unboxed, along with the author’s bio, and links to the winner’s website and social media accounts. As well as this platform-raising exposure, the monthly winner gets bragging rights and the exclusive opportunity to compete for the grand prize in December.

In December, each of the monthly winners will be asked to write a new flash fiction story based on a new prompt. The overall winning story will be selected by a mix of votes via a poll and our own discretion.

The overall winner of the 2015 Writer Unboxed Flash Fiction Contest will be announced by the end of December 2015, and will receive:

All finalists will receive a beautiful “Edit” poster from Three Figs Villa [9], as kindly donated by the generous Cyd Peroni.

And now… announcing the winner of Round 10 of the WU Flash Fiction Contest.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS

Nancy Hatch (“Ghosts”)

Vincent Bracchio (“The young man balancing on the castle ruins…”)

Kris J Nichols (“The day was gray, the slopes were green…”

Linda N. Merryman (“Nature Rules”)

Congratulations to all of you. It was a really tight contest this month. Good luck in November.

WINNING ENTRY

Photo by Flickr user 'Carlos ZGZ'. [10]
Photo by Flickr user ‘Carlos ZGZ’.

Congratulations to our October winner: Anna Chapman.  Please read and enjoy her story in its encore performance:

Deirdre and I stood on the bridge with our backs to the ruined castle and watched the American newlyweds approaching from the village, with their backpacks and walking sticks.

“Did you tell them about the legend?” I asked.

“Pooh. Of course not. It isn’t true, anyway. Siobhan, you are so timid.”

“But what if it is true? They trust us. And they’ve paid in advance, right?”

“Oh, I almost forgot,” said Deirdre. “Here’s your share: one-third. Mine is two-thirds for setting it up.”

That was Deirdre, always managing to get more for herself. Always saying “pooh” when I expressed an opinion, or suggested a better way to do things at the inn where we worked. If I hadn’t mentioned pay, no telling how long she would have “forgotten.”

The Americans were tramping over the bridge now, smiling and happy. We escorted them inside and showed them places on the uneven floor where they could spread their sleeping bags. The young bride ran to the open window. “What a gorgeous view!”

They were so nice, so innocent, I couldn’t help but speak. “There’s an old legend…Just be careful not to touch the stone walls at sunset. After dark you’ll be safe.”

They looked alarmed for a moment, then shrugged and laughed. Deirdre frowned at me and leaned casually against the wall. “See?” she said. “It’s almost sunset now.”

In the next minute she was gone, pulled into the stone wall by the hungry ancient dead: cold stone themselves.

Anna Chapman, originally from Alaska, has lived most of her adult life in New Hampshire and Vermont. She is a freelance editor specializing in medical journals and has learned not to wince at the illustrations. Sources of writing inspiration: memory, things people say, speculation, talkative ancestors, colors, water both fluid and frozen, history and biography, faces and hands, trees and their shadows, and her writing buddies. Her poems and short pieces have appeared in Explorations (UAS), Yankee, Planet Vermont Quarterly, the Berkshire Women’s Times, and Birchsong. She is currently working on a book about a narrow slice of Alaskan history.

Congratulations, Anna. Good luck to everyone taking part in the final round of the 2015 Flash Fiction Contest. 

About Jo Eberhardt [11]

Jo Eberhardt is a writer of speculative fiction, mother to two adorable boys, and lover of words and stories. She lives in rural Queensland, Australia, and spends her non-writing time worrying that the neighbor's cows will one day succeed in sneaking into her yard and eating everything in her veggie garden.