The 3rd and Final Round of the Flash Fiction Challenge 2010 challenged 25 talented writers to create an original short story (1,000 words max.) based on a genre (Open), location (A border crossing), and an object (A mushroom). Congratulations to the winners listed below and to everyone who competed this year for creating such great stories in each challenge!
#1 'Dusty, With A High Chance of Waves' by Natalie Grant
SYNOPSIS - In a remote Japanese fishing
village, one child's darkest fear, the weather, becomes her new best
friend... and reveals a forecast for decades to come.
SYNOPSIS - In the quiet moments before
the noise, a sniper has a chance to reflect on the difference
between what his life was and what it is.
SYNOPSIS - A young woman returns to her
home country after a failed elopement, but her ex-lover isn’t the
only thing she has to leave behind to come back home.
SYNOPSIS - A young woman stops for
breakfast on her way back to Canada.
SYNOPSIS - Three individuals meet up at
the border and give their first impressions through internal
monologues—though their preconceptions of one another are nothing
SYNOPSIS - A frivolous party girl goes
to extremes for one last conversation with her dead grandmother.
SYNOPSIS - Soon after the 1947 Partition
of India, a young Hindu couple in a border town, fleeing a Muslim
mob, tries to make their way across the border to relative safety in
India. The couple hides in a tea plantation at the border crossing,
where they are surprised by an unexpected addition to the human
SYNOPSIS - While waiting out the rain in
a seedy bar two men decide to play a game of truth or lie.
SYNOPSIS - An unpredictable game of
Follow the Leader in our nation's 51st state.
SYNOPSIS - Unwilling to see his wife die
a vegetable, an elderly man takes the ultimate steps toward
escorting her to the other side.
Every registered writer has a great chance to receive feedback.
JUDGES COMMENTS / CRITIQUES: NYC Midnight provides judges' comments and critiques for every entered story in each challenge of the competition. To view the list of judges, click here.
PEER REVIEW: During the judging, a special Review Forum will be available for the participants to submit their screenplays for review from fellow writers. During the 2009 Flash Fiction Challenge, there were over 2,700 comments made on the 175+ stories submitted on the forum. Click here to check out the forums.