With just under 650 stories submitted to the third annual Hint Fiction Contest in the last two weeks of April 2011, these were the winner and runner-up as selected by Joyce Carol Oates:
HERO by Trenton Orris
They remembered him for the battles he fought in. She remembered him in the rocking chair on the porch at sunset, withered, telling fairy tales.
THE FORTUNE TELLER by Lis Anna
“Can you contact the dead?”
I pull a photo out of my back pocket.
She stares then hands it back. “He ain’t dead, honeypie.”