Monday, March 04, 2013

Big News

My big news this morning is that out of over 200 entries, my story, "Before the Fireworks," placed third in the annual String-of-10 contest at Flash Fiction Chronicles. My story will be published at the Flash Fiction Chronicles website in April! This is a huge deal to me and I am honored to have placed.

The way this annual contest works is that participants are given ten words and about a week (Feb 3-9) to write a story up to 250 words. In this case: EVENING-QUARRY-ACCENT-ROSE-TEAR-MINUTE-GRAVE-CLOSE-ENTRANCE-BOW. Each submission must incorporate at least four of those words. I used evening, accent, rose, close, and bow. There is also an optional quote you can use as your theme, but I didn't use it. This year's quote was Steve Jobs' "I want to put a ding in the universe." Contest entries are judged blind.

Last year I submitted for the first time and received Honorable Mention for my short, "Pompeii is for Lovers," so I am especially honored to have placed this time.

About my third-place story, the Guest Judge, Kathy Fish, writes: "What I admired about Folly Blaine’s 'Before the Fireworks' was how simply she allowed the scene to unfold. The prose is clear and uncluttered. Blaine gives us a gentle exchange between two characters, co-workers and friends, and the small kindnesses they show each other, in a quiet moment on the cusp of big change for one of them. This story could so easily have been overplayed but it wasn't."

Read the full announcement here

Congratulations to the first and second place winners, Linda Simoni-Wastila and Robert Vaughan, and to all of the honorable mentions and finalists! Thank you, Kathy Fish, for your kind words about my story, and Flash Fiction Chronicles for sponsoring the contest.

I'll post the link to my published story sometime in April.


Mary said...

Excellent news! Congrats to you.

Folly Blaine said...

Thank you, Mary!

Anonymous said...

From Darren G.: Congratulations!

Haven't been around here (or anywhere) much lately -- my laptop has gone into the twilight zone & I have to rely on the library 'puters...

Folly Blaine said...

Thank you, Darren! I'm sorry to hear about your laptop. I appreciate you checking in. In case you come back to check comments... Will you be at WHC/Bram Stoker Awards Weekend this year?

Anonymous said...

Alas, no.

My laptop isn't the only thing to go south recently, so money is in short supply.

I hope you have a productive and fun time, though. And be careful.