Thank you to everyone who submitted a flash fiction story to our “Ohio Springs Forth” flash fiction contest. There were a lot of fun entries. You can browse all of the submitted stories here.
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Altogether, there are two winners and ten finalists. Half were selected by popular vote, and the other half were selected by CCC judges.
Emily Hitchcock, esteemed Deputy Director of CCC, selected the five finalists for this contest. These finalists were selected for the quality of the story, and vote count was not considered. The finalists, listed in order of submission:
Congratulations to these five finalists. You’ve demonstrated an excellent capacity to create a story in a very short amount of time. Each of you will be awarded a copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.
I selected the winner. One of the things that I look for in a great piece of flash fiction is that the writer created a story that was bigger than what was on the page. Through the effective use of language, the author presented a whole world, and the limited number of words on the page allow me to imagine a much larger iceberg hidden under the surface. I also look for the author’s ability to create compelling characters, and a complete plot arc in a short space, as well as the effective use of dialog and action sequencing.
The winner I selected surprised me. From the title, the subject matter was obvious, and I expected something sentimental, hokey and cliche. But what I found was a complete story, with a world that started before the first sentence and continued on after the last. I laughed out loud, and in just a few paragraphs got a solid sense of the characters on the page.
The winner of the merit-based portion of the “Ohio Springs Forth” flash fiction contest is, “My Best Friend is Melting” by Karen Kaufman. Great work, Karen! All of the bragging rights are yours, and you’ve got a $25 Amazon.com gift card headed your way! Excellent job!
Now for your votes. Altogether, almost 1,500 votes were cast. Based on those results, we’ll award the top five vote earners with a copy of Columbus: Past, Present and Future.
The top five vote earners are:
“The Best is Yet to Come” by Hillary Craig (354 votes)
“Five Minues” by Adam Koeth (315 votes)“A Welcomed Visitor” by Caitlin Fishman (190 votes)
“Bike Ride” by Savannah Lyons (155 votes)
“Spring Break” by Rachel Crow (123 votes)
Congratulations! A $25 Amazon.com gift card will be awarded to Hillary Craig for “The Best is Yet to Come!” You did a tremendous job of spreading the word about your story and collecting a ton of votes!
Finally, as an added bonus, we will award a $25 Amazon.com gift card to “A Welcomed Visitor” by Caitlin Fishman for landing a spot on both the popular vote and the judge-selected finalists lists! Nice work, Caitlin!
Thank you again to everyone who participated in this contest. There are a lot of great entries that aren’t listed, and you can read all of them here. This contest is just for fun, and to give writers’ a chance to engage in a challenging exercise. We hope that everyone enjoyed it.
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Keep your eye out for more flash fiction fun in the near future. And congratulations to all of our winners!