Good afternoon, all.
A quick side note, before winners and words, if you'll be so kind as to indulge me.
Lily and Phil often included in these posts, news and information about various writing contests and opportunities for networking. If you know of such things, and would like to share them, please feel free to send all the pertinent information, including a link, if possible, to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I'll be more than happy to include them in the weekly winners and words posts.
That said, I have cleared the gates of snow and the tome has emerged from beneath my bed and is happily chewing on the corner of a sheet, waiting its cue to bring forth new words for us to play with. Let me get on with announcing the winners before the little dear goes for my brand new quilt, shall we?
I can't tell you all how lucky I consider myself to have the privilege of judging this little contest each week. I get to read fantastic stories written by folks I've come to know a bit, and that is a joy beyond measure. I love our dark little playroom.
And so, this week's winners:
First place goes to Zaiure with Anatomy: I just loved the whole tone and feel of this. The almost lighthearted pragmatism in discovering a one-eye cat mucking about with a human hand, in a garden! You have a great skill at creating a sense of place, using very few words. And again, Poe is just lovely. I'd really like to see more of him.
My runner-up this week is Zoë Farr with Flashback 2: Zoë, you did such a great job of capturing brother/sister "I hate you right now..." banter with your dialogue! I've heard siblings snipe in exactly this fashion. I also rather enjoyed Jiro's surprise at the end. ; )
And now it appears the tome has finished its 250 thread-count snack, and is ready to bring forth new words!
The usual rules apply: 100 words maximum, excluding the title, of flash fiction or poetry using all of the three words above in the genres of horror, fantasy, science fiction or noir. All variants and use of the words as stems are fine.
You have until 11:30 PM (Eastern Standard Time) Thursday, March 14th, to get your entries in. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 3:00 PM on Friday, March 15th.
Hmmmm...I rather like these...
Have at it, m'dears. See you back here soon!