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Jaelithe Ingold Strikes Gold…Again

Our fifth and final flash fiction contest of 2011 has come to a close. The prompt for this contest consisted of two images. (You might recognize them.) Participants were required to build their story around the people who live in the six individual dwellings in the images, not the ominous red light in the window. Of the nearly 50 who signed up, 31 finished.

And once again the women dominated.

This month’s winner was Jaelithe Ingold, who won with her story “Little Knife Houses.” This is her second First Place finish this year, meaning she has a two-in-five chance of winning overall and being published in our next issue.

Gio Clairval took Second Place with her tale, “Six on the Hill of My Heart,” and just a point away was Amanda C. Davis, with her story “Why Ulu Left the Bladescliff.”

All three have either won or made the top three numerous times in the past. Well-deserved, of course.

Incidentally, since we began these contests in January 2010, the ladies of Shock Totem have, in two words, kicked ass. In that first year, we had 19 top-three winners overall (a few contests had ties), and 13 of those winners were women. In 2011, 14 of the 15 top three were women.

The lone man of 2011: Simon C. Larter. (Stand proud, good sir, we salute you!)

That said, congratulations, ladies!

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Amanda C. Davis Sheens

And the winner is…

Amanda C. Davis, whose story “Drift” can be found in issue #3, won our flash fiction contest for March. She won with her story “Dolly at the End of the World,” which was based on this prompt. This is Amanda’s second First Place win; she won previously in May of 2010. She also had a Second and Third Place finish last year.

Sounds like winning to me. The real kind that comes from hard work and talent.

But let’s not forget this month’s Second and Third Place winners: Simon C. Larter and H.L. Fullerton, respectively.

If you know them, congratulate them. It was a tough one this month.

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