Confused? Intimidated by flash fiction? Our second contest with a ‘First’ prompt pulled in less than two hundred entries and of those, only a handful qualified as flash fiction. I’m impressed by our winner, Cheryl Miller-Fitzgerald, who not only provided our readers with a classic piece of flash fiction writing, she also invested in the thread that ties us all together, allows human emotion to be an un-negotiable tapestry woven into universal understanding.
For those who didn’t make the final cut, please pay attention. I read some great stories and some of the authors will be contacted by N.K. Wagner, our publisher, with separate offers to publish on Page and Spine. But a short story with a budget of words does not translate automatically into flash fiction.
With flash fiction there must be a twist, a surprise ending—something that throws the reader off an assumption, an obvious path. Sometimes a reader’s reaction might be, “I should have known,’ a reaction that implies clues were dropped into the story were misunderstood, like an assumption that the butler did it—only to discover that it was the cat.
Congratulations to Cheryl Miller-Fitzgerald for her winning story The Step Class and to our runner up Martina Kranz for Vision Quest. Enjoy their stories next week and be sure to annoy or tease me with your stories. Remember, Page and Spine does encourage and pay writers for their work. N.K. is the pretty one. I’m just MEAN!
Editor’s note: Cheryl, I tracked Jade to her office yesterday and intimidated the price of a small latte out of her, so your prize is $25. Gotta maintain high standards at Page & Spine International Headquarters and Gift Shop. – N.K.