I can't tell you how much fun I've had reading your submissions this week. There is a part of me that is always filled with such excitement when it comes time to announce winners. Admittedly, there is also a part of me that dreads, just a tiny bit, the process of doing so. It's because the stories, whether submitted by our small core of regulars, or those who come to visit and play only occasionally, are just so damned good. Mind you, I'm an adventurous sort of girl and I love a challenge, so it's still great fun.
It never ceases to amaze me, the sheer joy that I get from reading a well crafted piece of dark fiction. You are all very good at that, so I'm often quite happy, and I thank you.
This week's winner is Lee Hughes with Bad Bric-a-Brac: I can add you, Lee, to the list of folks here who are just amazing with dialogue. I loved the natural feel of it. Also, the last line made me shiver and giggle at the same time. This is a truly fine piece of writing. Thank you!
Our runner-up this week is Asuqi with Emancipation: I love the fairy tale feel of this. "I ruined my hands digging through mud." is my favorite line. It smacks of determination and faith to me. The way you've used the prompts feels totally natural. I find myself wondering if there will be more to this. Thank you!
And with that, the Tome has brought forth new words for us!
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 EST on Thursday, October 17th, to get your entries in.. Winners will be announced and new words will be posted by 11:30 PM on Friday, October 18/th!
The Gates Are Open my friends. Take what the Tome has offered and craft your nightmares into reality!
I look forward to your return.