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STORY OF THE WEEK: July 23

The story of the week for July 17 to 21 is…

Life on Earth by Sarah Krenicki

P.S. I don’t remember the last time I had such a hard time choosing a story of the week. Keep the quality flowing, everyone!

STORY OF THE MONTH: June 2017

The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.

The finalists for June were:

Ice by Shawnta S. Barnes
Isn’t She Lovely? by Susan Lozano
Heirloom Gardening by Candace Kubinec
Table Manners by Christina Dalcher

The winner of the May 2017 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

Table Manners

Christina’s unique way of presenting the story does a great job of getting the reader into the main character’s perspective, subtly masking the story’s complexity.

NEWS: The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

Pulp Literature is hosting a contest, judged by 50-Word Stories Hall of Famer Bob Thurber. Here’s some information from their website:

The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

Got something short, sharp and snappy to tell?  Wow us with your most economical and brilliant storytelling.  This contest is for short fiction under 1000 words.  Want feedback on your story?  Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $15 more.

Contest opens: 1 May 2017
Deadline: 15 June 2017
Winners notified: 15 July 2017
Winners published in: Pulp Literature Issue 17, Winter 2018
First Prize: $300
Runner up: $75

Judge: Bob Thurber

Entry fee: $15
Editorial Critique: $15
Early Bird fee (before 15 May): $10
Entry fees include a 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.

This contest is for previously unpublished short fiction up to 1000 words in length.  Multiple entries welcome.  Total entries limited to 300.

STORY OF THE MONTH: May 2017

The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.

The finalists for May were:

Look Upon My Works by Bill Cox
The fortune-teller’s daugher, pt. 1 by Guy Preston
My Father, in Worcester, Massachussets by Jennifer L. Freed
Uncle Clifford by Margaret McGoverne

The winner of the May 2017 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

My Father, In Worcester, Massachusetts

The depth of this story is well matched by the beautiful delivery of its final words.