World Flash Fiction Champion: The Prose-Fessor of Pain!

Congratulations to the world’s first Flash Fiction Champion, The Prose-Fessor of Pain!

The Prose-Fessor of Pain FFC Champion
The Prose-Fessor of Pain takes the FFC belt

Andrew “The Prose-Fessor of Paine” Miller, beat out nine other contestants in Thursday’s FFC Smackdown!  He and Brenda “Alice in Fantasticland” Layman won the preliminary round as crowd favorites and moved on to the finals.

The two finalists were given fifteen minutes to write a two-minute story around a specific modern art exhibit (a golden statue of a foot with a mouth above the ankle).  A panel of three judges selected The Prose-Fessor of Pain as the winner.

The Coin Flip
The Prose-Fessor of Pain and Alice In Fantasticland await the coin flip

Andrew “The Prose-Fessor of Pain” took home a $50 gift certificate as well as bragging rights as the world’s first FFC champion.  Everyone had a lot of fun with this event, so I wouldn’t be surprised if there were an opportunity to challenge his title soon.

Andrew is a freelance writer for a variety of Ohio publications, as well as a featured author in the most recent CCC anthology, Across Town: Stories of Columbus.

All of the contenders did a fantastic job.  Thanks to Hannah Stephenson of Paging Columbus for organizing the event at the wonderful OSU Urban Arts Space.

Paging Columbus holds a reading at the OSU UAS on the first Thursday of each month.

The Prose-Fessor of Pain with the Golden Foot statue

Thanks to Mark Layman for the photos!

Flash Fiction Championship Contenders

Next Thursday, March 1 (at OSU Urban Arts Space), Columbus Creative Cooperative and Paging Columbus proudly present the first annual Flash Fiction Smackdown! We need YOU to help us crown a champion.

Ten writers will wrestle with words in the first round, vying for your votes. After they each read for two minutes, the audience will select two finalists. Those finalists will go pen-to-pen in the last round by writing original pieces on the spot.

One writer will earn the title of 2012 Flash Fiction Smackdown Champion, and bask in the glory of our applause (and the glory of an Amazon gift card). Join us for an electrifying evening of competition, creativity, and conversation.

Note: For this event only, Paging Columbus will run from 6:30-9 PM, with the first round kicking off at 7 PM. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. Unfortunately, contestants will not be wearing spandex, masks, singlets, or capes. Most likely.

Questions? Please contact us. You can also RSVP on Facebook via the event page (search for “Flash Fiction Championship”), or find more information at the OSU Urban Arts Space site.

Our Contenders:
Brenda “Alice in Fantasticland” Layman
Todd “The Fictionator” Metcalf
Andrew “Prose-Fessor of Pain” Miller
Cynthia “The Purple Pen” Rosi
Justin “The Ultimate Writer” McConnaughy
Anna “The Contortionist” Thomas
Brian “Jack Swagger” McHugh
J “St. Valentine Massacre” Lannan
Taylor “The Heartbreak Kid” Vonville
Kelly “Pithy Peach” Ridener

See you there!

FFC Contenders Needed – Release the Beast Within

We’re still looking for a few more contenders for our first ever Flash Fiction Championship.  Release the beast within yourself, and contact us today to take part in this first-of-its-kind live flash fiction contest.

Do it because you’re the best.  Do it because it’s going to be a great time, win or lose.  Do it because there’s a $50 gift card for the winner.

Whether you contend or not, don’t miss the event at the OSU Urban Arts Space (in the old Lazarus building in downtown Columbus) on March 1, 2012.

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