First, I want to thank everyone again for helping spread the word and participating in the contest. We had a great turnout this year, with just over 350 stories submitted, which isn't too bad considering the contest was open for just two weeks. There were a lot of great entries and it was hard to pick a top 12, but pick I did and then those were sent to James Frey who picked three winners and two honorable mentions. Before I get to that, though, here again are the prizes:
- The first place winner will receive $100; the second place winner will receive $50; the third place winner will receive $25. The first place winner will also receive a slew of journals and anthologies donated by a handful of publishers:
- a copy of The Best of Every Day Fiction Two, donated by editor Camille Gooderham Campbell
- a copy of The Los Angeles Review, donated by fiction editor Stefanie Freele
- a copy of Sententia, donated by editor/publisher Ryan W. Bradley
- a copy of Space and Time, donated by editor/publisher Hildy Silverman
- a copy of [first year] an mlp anthology, donated by editor/publisher J. A. Tyler
- a copy of PANK, donated by editor Roxane Gay
- a copy of Fox Force 5, donated by editor/publisher Barry Graham
- My own publisher has also been kind enough to donate ten copies of Sudden Fiction Latino, edited by Robert Shapard, James Thomas, and Ray Gonzalez. A copy will be awarded to each of the winners and finalists, as well as to some random contestants.
There were 217 eligible contestants. Numbering each and using the True Random Number Generator, the five lucky random contestants to be awarded a copy of Sudden Fiction Latino are:
- Subhakar Das
- Jean Kinsey
- Jenn Alandy
- Jenn Haddock
- Sara McGrath
Now, without further adieu ...
First place winner:
.com by Charles Lennox
In the address bar I type her name, first and last. I try:
The page cannot be displayed.
Second place winner:
ANOTHER NEW VASE by Christopher James
She found a place for the flowers. She thanked him for the necklace. It matched the last one. When he lifted her jaw she froze.
Third place winner:
LOVE STORY by James Cho
I'm washing glitter off my neck. She's in the bedroom. I tell her to clap her hands so I know she's not stealing anything.
- BABY SKIN by Allison Gibson
- PINK SLIP by Linda Simoni-Wastila
Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions! And thanks once again to everyone who participated. Please keep in mind that Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer hits bookstores this November, and there will be more giveaways and surprises before then, so to stay in the loop, check out Hint Fiction on Twitter and Facebook. Until then, take care.