|“I’m here for the winners of the Faerypin Contest, please.”|
Every contest I run, I create one ineligible entry so I remind myself how jaw-droppingly difficult it is to create a story of depth and delight in 300 words.
If you open your favorite book, 300 words barely gives them enough time to introduce the protagonist. The author of flash fiction has not a word to waste – they must paint setting, character, detail in a broad brush. They cut to the bone; all the pretty adverbs and adjectives must go!
The Faerytaleish Pinterest Contest blended art and writing. Writers use images to inspire them, collecting images that embody their work. This time, I asked entrants to find a new image on the Faerytaleish Pinterest Page that struck them and then tell that story.
The results were kaleidoscopic. Please take the time to read all the entries and comment. The supportive comments in this contest were particularly delightful.
As for me, I am taking a break from the madcap world of flash fiction contest. It’s been a lovely run. I have met more talent from this than I could have ever expected. Thank you all and keep writing.
Without further ado, the winners of the Faerytaleish Pinterest Contest:
The writing was savagely beautiful and troubling and vividly painted the chosen painting in words. This entry wins a copy of The Fairy Ring audiobook for the music of the words.
I initially dismissed this image for my own shortlist as saccharine and one-dimensional. Dawn took the image and, through her story, transformed it into a touching and aching fable about love and loss. Dawn wins a paperback copy of Awake by Jessica Grey (thanks Jess!)
Meg McNulty for “The Lady in the Lamp”
This little flash was chock full of well-considered details and a quick stick in the heart at the end.
Cameron Lawton for “Untitled”
Cameron created a perfect summer romance in 300 words.
Lisa Shambrook for “The Coat”
Such an innocent little girl…isn’t she? A well-crafted shocker from Lisa Shambrook.
Congratulations to all who entered and thank you! You have all created something new that did not exist before; I consider that a win as well.