Results for ARDOR's 2013 Flash Fiction Contest

December 5, 2013
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We were overwhelmed with terrific submissions to our inaugural flash fiction contest and we are grateful to everyone who submitted high quality short stories and helped to make this year's contest a success. We're excited to share several of the top entries (including the winning story and the runner up!) in Issue Four, coming next month.

Each of the writers listed below offered beautiful stories, deftly weaving economical, meaningful narratives in under 1,000 words. Some of these pieces featured high-octane prose that seized me by the shirtfront while others offered gorgeous, meticulously wrought imagery that earned a wistful smile. I was most impressed that so many writers created multifaceted, necessary stories and relationships in ... well, a flash! Those who submit work to this contest should know that your characters and their stories have lingered and I've found myself returning to the distilled moments you've offered, invested deeply in what you've revealed and in what might lie ahead. Thank you - I'm grateful that I had the opportunity to read your work.

But you're here for the results and I won't make you wait any longer. Here is a short list of the finest flash fiction submissions we received:


Winner

Douglas Campbell
Home to Laughter, a short story written by Douglas Campbell of Point Marion, Pennsylvania, was named the winner of ARDOR's 2013 Flash Fiction Contest. Douglas will receive $200 and his story will appear in the January issue of ARDOR Literary Magazine.

Runner Up

Michelle Richards
The Bomber's Doctor, a short story written by Michelle Richards of Middleton, Wisconsin, was named the runner up in ARDOR's 2013 Flash Fiction Contest. Michelle will receive $50 and her story will appear in the January issue of ARDOR Literary Magazine.

Finalists

How Not to Do What I Did by Jennifer Chardon
The Woman Next Door by Laurie Doyle
Coffee Bean by Robert Foreman
Last Dance by David Frey
Caught in a Crosswind by Bob Thurber
The Start of the War by Siamak Vossoughi
Blemishes by Peter Witte

- Joe Hessert, Editor of ARDOR

Honorable Mention

Esebese by Scott Chiddister
I Found it Hard, It’s Hard to Find by Sean Hooks
Ghosts by Tom Howard
The Ornithological Significance of Light Deprivation by Rich Ives
Purpose of the Comma by Megan Kirby
Counsel by Al Kratz
One in the Pocket by Travis Morrow
Entering the Fray by Jeanette Quick
Scene in a Stuffy Yellow Kitchen by
Christopher Quinn
The Calendar by Catherine Rees
Undertow by Andrew Sottile
Empty Words by Margaret Wilson

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