FLASH FICTION PRIZE RESULTS

“THE BIG TOP”
John Blair

“I would like to offer the services of my elephant for your circus’s purposes. Ralph, as he is commonly known, was willed to me by my aunt.”  MORE

“We’re a mess on the floor, both of us crying. Staring down at us is Atlas holding the goddamn pizza.”  MORE

“DOMINIC’S SHOES”
Michael Golder

“’Feel the leather,” says Dominic. I run my thumb over the supple leather. “Soft.” “That’s cordovan leather,” Dominic says, “from Italy.'”  MORE

“Had it been my son who went missing, you wouldn’t catch me spreading around my grief all out in the open. It invites too many …”  MORE

“THE KOREAN VASE”
George L. Spaeth

“It was the green of life both ancient and new, the green of rebirth and of mystery. It glowed with a light of its own.”  MORE

“PATREETHIA’S CHORD”
Geoffrey K. Graves

“As Earth slips between sun and moon the night of a lunar eclipse, a woman’s cry heralds the birth of an unusual baby in …’”  MORE

MORE NEW WORK

“one summer”
Paula Brancato

“tuna fish for lunch breakfast dinner/20 shades of lush verdant green/a sun-drenched path/it could not last”  MORE

“HAIR”
Yong Takahashi

“On your wedding day, your mother-in-law demands you put your hair in a fancy bun so you will look more respectable.”  MORE

FROM THE ARCHIVES

“PERSONAL FOUL”
Don Riesett

“The last taste of campus celebrity. The fleeting perception of being a big shot. The hard reality of taking a cheap shot.”  MORE

“‘He’s sick. He wants to see you.’ Stunned silent, she lets him drone on. ‘Well would you think about it?’”  MORE

CONTEST ARCHIVES

Cover photo by David A. Bright at Pronto’s Fresh Mexican Grill, San Pedro, California