THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL



FLASH FICTION CONTEST
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FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
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Second Prize: $100
Four Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $6
Deadline: August 31, 2019
Maximum length: 1,000 words

All Six Finalists Will Be Published Online in the
October 2019 Issue of Gemini

WE ARE OPEN TO ANY SUBJECT, STYLE OR GENRE

Entries must be unpublished, but stories displayed on
personal blogs are eligible.

ALL ENTRIES ARE READ BLIND SO
EVERYONE GETS AN EQUAL CHANCE

TO ENTER BY EMAIL:

1. Click "Donate" and pay entry fee.                  
$6 each. Enter as many stories as you                     
wish. Combine multiple entry fees into one payment.    

(You should receive a transaction number via email.)

2. Paste transaction/receipt number into an email.

3. Paste entries into email or attach as a standard file with
NO identifying information in the file and send to:

flashcomp@gemini-magazine.com

Do not include bio—just contact info (in email only) and your
story. (Contact info is removed before reading.)

Contact editor@gemini-magazine.com if you don't receive a
confirmation email. We will add you to our mailing list for new
issues, news and contest info. Unsubscribe anytime.

TO ENTER BY SNAIL MAIL:

Mail previously unpublished entry with $6 check or money
order, payable to Gemini Magazine, to:

Gemini Magazine
Flash Fiction Contest
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

Include $6 for each additional entry; put name/contact info on
separate page, not on story; include SASE if you want a reply.

Postmark deadline: August 31, 2019
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RESULTS OF THE 2018



FLASH FICTION CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE ($1,000):
"The Old Point"
Leslie Anne Mcilroy

SECOND PRIZE ($100):
"On Puraran Beach"
Luke Tennis

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 EACH):
"The Last Poet"
Jacob Cockcroft

"On Exhibit"
Liz Killian

"Good Will"
N.L. Pillman

"Tea Cup"
A.C. Koch

NOTABLE STORIES:
"Summation" by Nancy Ludmerer
"Medihoney" by Rebecca Timson
"The Clap Clinic" by Michael Hurst
"On Wing" by Rebecca Glazer
"Momentum" by Ryan Stone
"Not So Fast" by Andrew Newall
"What's Done in the Dark" by Gordon Pinckheard
"An Appointment with Julie" by Ken Margolin
"Actorsville" by Don Shook
"Date Night" by Marie Anderson

Thanks to all who entered! It was a great honor to read your work. We
received many outstanding entries beyond the ones mentioned above.
Thanks also to our dedicated
staff of volunteer readers who were key to
the selection process. Our next Flash Fiction Contest opens in mid-April.

Thanks again!

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2017
Gemini MAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE ($1,000):
"Neptune Society"
by Kim Trevathan

SECOND PRIZE ($100):
"Schadenfreude"
by S.R. Larin

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 EACH):
"The Emancipation of Bourbon Straight Up" by Lee W. Sang
"Her First Husband" by K.L. Cook
"Mayonnaise Thanksgiving" by Avee Chaudhuri
"My Neighbor, Who My Wife Thinks Is a Prostitute" by Efrem Sigel

NOTABLE STORIES:
"Encounter with a Saint" by Peggy Schimmelman
"The Daffodils Outside the Post Office" by Anders Cato
"Namaste" by Jeanne Althouse
"Leftovers" by Leslie Pietrzyk
"Burning Girl" by Nick Stoner
"Christian Warrior" by Ellen McGrath Smith
"Full" by Rose Andersen
"Judith" by Steve Wechselblatt
"Hatchlings" by Katherine Perry
"Apples" by Laura Maynard
"Encore" by Meredith Boe
"Mathematics" by Eve Mastro
"Sunday" by Carrie Seymour
"Destination Dispatch" by Eileen Malone
"Spontaneous Human Combustion" by Marilyn Moriarty

Thanks to everyone who entered! We truly enjoyed reading your short-
short stories on so many diverse topics and themes. Thanks also to our
dedicated
staff of volunteers who told us which stories moved them and
why. Look for our next Flash Fiction Contest in mid-April. Thanks again!

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2016
Gemini MAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE ($1,000):
"Stolen Memories"
by Timothy Jay Smith

SECOND PRIZE ($100):
"Porcelain Prison"
by Michelle Cox

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 each):
"Jane Bond" by Sarah Marie Kosch
"Blood Drive" by Chris Callard
"The Closet Artist" by Phylis Campbell Dryden
"Circulation" by Sara A. Lewis

NOTABLE STORIES:
"I've Been Blind" by Vicky Santiesteban
"Regret" by Jason E. Gillikin
"Past the Pines" by Emily A. Beston
"Where Are We Going?" by Phyllis Reilly
"Bernadette" by Cara Suglich
"Anansi" by Sally Toner
"Top Hat" by ERA
"The Young Lion" by Diane de Anda

To all entrants: Thank you! It was an honor to read your work. Thanks
also to our
staff of wonderful readers. Watch for the opening of our eighth
annual Short Story Contest in late December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2015
Gemini MAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

GRAND PRIZE ($1,000):
"When the Bees Come Back"
by Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier

SECOND PLACE ($100):
"The Abbey"
by Kirsten Steen

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 each):
"Performance" by Robert Morgan Fisher
"A Swim Lesson" by Maria Judnick
"The Top Floor" by George Buelow
"Regret" by Nancy Ludmerer

NOTABLE STORIES:
"The Butcher" by Dakota Snow
"Knockoff Miracles" by Sarah Krenicki
"Cora" by Pam Goldman
"Ten Thousand Joys, Ten Thousand Sorrows" by Jody Callahan
"The Headhunter" by Alexandra Vadarlis
"Bell Tower" by William J. McIlwain
"Morosa" by Phylis Campbell Dryden

To all entrants: Thank you for sharing your stories with us. So many of
them, in addition to the ones listed here, will stay with us for a long time.
Big thanks also to our amazing, enthusiastic
staff of readers who helped
us mine for gold.  Our next Flash Fiction Contest opens in April.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2014
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Grand Prize:
"
The Night My Father Danced Like Fred Astaire"
by E.E. King ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"
The Wormhole" by Keren Toledano ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):

"
A Strangulation" by Tara Carnevale
"
The Barber" by Sherry Morris
"
Uli" by Dana Reva De Greff
"
Lasting Formations" by Marcia Peck

Notable Stories:
"Tick, Thump" by Kat Hawthorne
"A Dinner of Import" by Justin Hudnall
"Soda and a Steak" by Shane Hall
"Salt Lake City, 1967, Snow" by Corrinne Clegg Hales
"The Tattoo Artist" by Sarah Sorensen
"The Wanted" by Rajni Gupta
"Favor for a Friend" by Cyrus Ahalt
"What Counts" by Frank Carden
"What We Learn" by John Estes

A man dreams he is dancing but wakes up paralyzed. Another man, shattered by
his wife's infidelity, searches for answers in a time warp he calls "a wave field
of possible outcomes." A wife held captive by a mass of surging, roaring ivy
plots her escape. A writer who poured his heart out for a fiction contest, but
whose phone does not ring, rises with the sun and begins anew.

A sincere Thank You to all who participated. Your stories will live on in our
hearts and minds.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2013
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Grand Prize:
"Home Be More Somethin'"
by Excell Hunter ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"Stretched"
by Michael Pearce ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):
"On Becoming Mrs. Robinson" by R.L. Smith
"Why I Built the Despair Ray" by Scott Russell Duncan
"Sparkly Thing" by Chip Houser
"Reagan's Switch from Boxers to Briefs" by S. Brady Tucker

Notable Stories:
"Every Night Brushing Hair" by Jeanne Althouse
"Preparations" by Debra A. Daniel
"Lake Shawmee" by Anton Frost
"Fire Witch" by Amanda Mack
"First Shift" by Claire Hawkins
"MacPhee" by Adrienne DiFranco
"Bronx Silo" by Annie Lanzillotto
"Without" by John Leo
"Bass Weather" by Michael Smith
"Chandra's New Clothes" by Belinda Erere
"Rampage to Morbidity" by Don Fred

To all entrants: Thanks so much for participating in our Flash Fiction Contest
this year. It was truly an honor to read your work and your stories brought us
much enjoyment. Thanks also to our wonderful
readers for their insight and
unflagging enthusiasm. Watch for our next Flash Fiction Contest in April or May.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2012
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

And the Grand Prize winner is.....

"Always There"
by Andrew Stancek ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"Heal Me"
by Cindy Rosmus ($100 prize)

Third Place:
"The Strangers of Dubai"
by Victoria Kelly ($50 prize)

Honorable Mentions:
"Counting to One Hundred" by Li Miao Lovett
"Crates" by J.S. Kierland
"The Play's the Thing" by Todd Benware
"Late Note" by Chloë Boxer

Notable Stories:
"Beirut" by Francine J. Sanders
"Handicapable" by C.D. Johnson
"After Dinner" by Nancy Ludmerer
"Execute" by Anders Benson
"Jackyo" by James Gish Jr.
"A Photographic Memory" by Len Dawson
"Elephant" by Marilyn Fahey
"Murky Waters" by Jessica Wortsman
"Convertible" by Lauren Kauai Childs
"Build a Teepee, Come Inside" by Kip Hanson
"The Misfits" by Yenny van Andel

A sincere Thank You to all entrants. So many of your stories will resonate with
us for a long time to come. Judges of other fiction  competitions should be so
lucky. And thanks to our wonderful staff of
readers for your enthusiasm and
dedication. An honor to work with you! Look for the next Flash Fiction Contest
in April 2013.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2011
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Cheers to the Grand Prize winner!
"Drinks on the Doctor"
by Xavier McCaffrey ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"Death in Nairobi"
by Agatha Verdadero ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions:
"A Sip of Blackberry" by Todd Benware
"Suspicious Package" by Laura Loomis
"The Tip" by Corey Ginsberg
"The Bridesmaid" by Heather Sappenfield
"A Knife or a Blade?" by Geoffrey Uhl

Notable Stories:
"What Happens Now" by Liz Ference
"Damn Lucky Sometimes" by Sultana Banulescu
"Morning in San Pedro" by Dee Hubbard
"I Want to Show You the World" by Evelyn Krieger
"A Sibling's Rival" by Denise Heinze
"Seven Years Old" by Shruti Choudhary
"Stolen" by Michelle Pretorius
"An Interview with J.D. Salinger" by Edward Lee
"The Bathroom of My Ex-Lover's Wife" by Kathleen Spivak
"Bus Fight in Surrey" by Sam Wiebe
"Self Portrait in Red Chalk" by Danielle LeDuc
"Trees That Bear Fruit" by Pete Clark

So many captivating stories! Thanks to everyone who entered, to the fiction
readers and interns, and to those who offered moral support. The next Flash
Fiction Contest will open in April or May.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2010
Gemini Magazine
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

1ST PLACE ($1,000 Prize):

S.J. Cahill  
"Lines of Force"

2ND PLACE ($100 Prize):

Micah Herzog Stack  
"The Synchronous City"

HONORABLE MENTION:

Elizabeth Barton  
"Three Minutes"

Maija Rhee Devine  "The Translator"

Kelley Gregg  "Flowers"

Gloria Nixon-John  "Ironing"

Here's why it took so long to publish the results: around 800 entries, about
twice as many as last year's Flash Fiction Contest. We were literally shocked at
the quality of so many of the entries. Everyone gets a chance at Gemini: this
marks the
first fiction publication for three of the six finalists, including first and
second place.

Noteworthy stories included "Caretaking," by Amina Gautier; "Reading a Book,
Watching Other People Cry," by Corey Eastwood; "Independence Day," by
Janice Croom; "One Side of the Vase," by Bonnie West, and "The Essentials,"
by Catherine Oliver. There were many others. I'm exhausted but definitely
enriched! A heartfelt thank you to all who participated. And thanks to Philip
Bernhardt and Nancy Atkinson for reading, judging, discussing and then
reading some more.

— David Bright, Editor

P.S. Look for the 2011 Short Story Contest around late December.
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And the Winner of
THE FIRST ANNUAL (2009)
Gemini Magazine
FLASH FICTION
CONTEST....

Beverly Akerman ($100) for "PIE"

Honorable Mention:

V.R. Shankar, "THE PERCUSSIONIST"

Audrey Webb, "STALL"

Kate Maruyama, "the weight of things"

Melindy Wynn-Bourne, "LEFT"

Jessica Wortsman, "SNIP, SNIP"

Hearty congratulations to the above finalists!

We received nearly 400 entries. Loads of good ones
but couldn't print 'em all. A sincere THANK YOU to all
who participated. Thanks also to Phil Bernhardt for
invaluable assistance with judging, Nancy Atkinson
for reading ("the weight of things" gave her goose
bumps) and Debbie Sirois for technical support.

Five of the six finalists are women. Four of the
finalists are from outside the U.S. Three are from
Canada and two have never before been published.
That's the spirit of Gemini Magazine
no boundaries,
no rules, everyone gets a chance.

While running this contest was a lot of work, it was  
tremendously exciting. Let's do it again next year!

— David Bright, Editor