After twelve months worth of competition, the time is finally here to announce the grand prize winner of the 2015 WU Flash Fiction Contest. Thank you again to everyone who participated in making it such a wonderful experience.
Before we jump in to the grand announcement, I’d just like to share a little story. After posting the prompt and finalist’s stories last week, we had a an email from Stefano Corso, the photographer responsible for Red Rain. He reached out to thank us for using his photo, and to compliment the authors of all the stories, which he enjoyed. As a special bonus, Stefano has donated a signed print of Red Rain for the winner. Thank you so much, Stefano. If you’d like to see more of Stefano’s work, you’ll find his website here .
Let’s take another quick look at our grand prize. All our finalists have already won a beautiful “Edit” poster from Three Figs Villa , as kindly donated by the generous Cyd Peroni, and the overall winner will receive:
- A signed copy of Dave King ‘s Self-Editing for Fiction Writers
- A signed copy of David Corbett ‘s The Art of Character
- A 15-page manuscript critique by bestselling author Catherine McKenzie  (double spaced, normal margins, Times New Roman 12pt font)
- A one-hour Skype lesson with Scrivener expert, Rebeca Schiller 
- A free, non-transferable pass to attend the next Writer Unboxed UnConference (does not include travel or hotel expenses)
- A copy of John Vorhaus ‘s Poole’s Paradise
- A copy of Erika Liodice ‘s Empty Arms
- A copy of Grand Central, a compilation of stories featuring Erika Robuck 
- A signed print of Stefano Corso’s  Red Rain
And now, announcing the winner of the 2015 Writer Unboxed Flash Fiction Contest…
Choosing a single winner in this competition was incredibly difficult. I would love to be able to award a prize pack to every finalist. But, as Connor MacLeod knew all too well, there can be only one. Nonetheless, I would like to take a moment to congratulate the runners-up.
4th Place: Pauline Yates with Entry 10: Steps 
3rd Place: Kate Magner with Entry 7: Three Courses 
2nd Place: Larissa Thomson with Entry 9:  “Our hotel is in the middle of a city block…”
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Please join me in saying an absolutely HUGE congratulations to the grand prize winner:
Tonia Marie Harris
Tonia Marie Harris  writes poetry and speculative fiction. Her work has been shortlisted for the Mashstories.com competition, appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, and been published in Twice Upon a Time, an anthology of retold fairy tales. She claims her muse is a cross-dressing goblin with a penchant for drinking and Kafka novels. Chocolate is her kryptonite. You can also find Tonia on Twitter .
Please enjoy Tonia’s prize-winning story, Entry 4, in is encore performance.
He says you have gone translucent and gives you a red umbrella for your birthday. It is the same shade of red as the dress you wore the first time you kissed him.
A red that reminds you of the Orient, of a girl who stole an old man’s bike. How free she was and you look down on those streets now, sun-bleached. You want to tell him how that girl seeped from your skin when he became a viper.
Here is color. Black and blue. The sick green of a thumbprint on your forearm.
Clouds scuttle across the sky like crabs and you can smell the ocean through the open window. The salt water taffy of it dries your throat with longing. The rain comes at last and he watches you leave from the kitchen window.
Around the corner, he can no longer see you. His girl with the red umbrella. The heart becomes an anvil in its chest. Heavy. Tapped by some unseen instrument. You grasp for an iron railing at the end of a familiar street.
A bike leans against the store where he sent you for cigarettes.
Some girls, you think, never stop being impetuous. They trade umbrellas for stolen bicycles.
Some girls study maps and memorize the names of streets vipers don’t know.
You lift your face in the rain and laugh. How funny it is to become more real even as the world, soaked, turns to rice paper.