2nd Round / Challenge #3 Results
The results are in for Challenge #3 of the Flash Fiction Challenge 2019!  View the top stories below by group number in ascending order.  The top 3 writers in each group have advanced to the final round of the competition kicking off at 11:59PM EST this Friday, December 13th.  Please keep in mind that choosing a top three from a field of 25 talented writers was very difficult and there were many outstanding stories that were not recognized below.  Everyone should be proud of rising to the challenges and making it to the second round from an original field of over 3,750 writers around the world.  We hope it was an inspiring experience and everyone continues to challenge themselves in 2020!

 

NOTE: Results have been amended for Groups 1, 6, 9, and 15.  Click here to learn more.


Top Stories by Group Number

HM = Honorable Mention

  

      GROUP TOP STORIES      
1 - Romantic Comedy / An outdoor café / An energy bar #1 - ''Table for Two'' by Daniel Johnson
1 - Romantic Comedy / An outdoor café / An energy bar #2 - ''The Question'' by Jesse Stanchak
1 - Romantic Comedy / An outdoor café / An energy bar #3 - ''Fleas and All'' by Mona West
1 - Romantic Comedy / An outdoor café / An energy bar #HM - ''First Kiss, $4.95'' by Conner Callahan
1 - Romantic Comedy / An outdoor café / An energy bar #HM - ''Breaking the Language Barrier'' by Damian Musello
1 - Romantic Comedy / An outdoor café / An energy bar #HM - ''"A Balanced Meal"'' by Elizabeth Cregan
1 - Romantic Comedy / An outdoor café / An energy bar #HM - ''New Tricks'' by Nicholas Guerreiro
1 - Romantic Comedy / An outdoor café / An energy bar #HM - ''All in Good Time'' by Cordelia Rivers
2 - Fairy Tale / A rowboat / A podium #1 - ''The Fountain of Regret'' by Laura Jedeed
2 - Fairy Tale / A rowboat / A podium #2 - ''The Prince and the Rowboat'' by W Brooks
2 - Fairy Tale / A rowboat / A podium #3 - ''The Princess and The Podium'' by Glen Long
2 - Fairy Tale / A rowboat / A podium #HM - ''Sweet Potatoes'' by Wendy Jo Simmons
2 - Fairy Tale / A rowboat / A podium #HM - ''An Influenced Mind'' by Lowell Constable
2 - Fairy Tale / A rowboat / A podium #HM - ''The Boy and the Bear'' by Laura Silver
2 - Fairy Tale / A rowboat / A podium #HM - ''The King's Tale'' by Patrick Metzger
2 - Fairy Tale / A rowboat / A podium #HM - ''The Stormlord's Bride'' by Mary O'Doherty
3 - Thriller / A school for the blind / A compact disc or CD #1 - ''The Unexpected Humanity of Dandelions'' by B.A. Peterson
3 - Thriller / A school for the blind / A compact disc or CD #2 - ''Layers of Truth'' by Michael Trimmer
3 - Thriller / A school for the blind / A compact disc or CD #3 - ''Anatomy for the Blind'' by Daphne Van Schaick
3 - Thriller / A school for the blind / A compact disc or CD #HM - ''Purist Evil'' by Lisa A Fox
3 - Thriller / A school for the blind / A compact disc or CD #HM - ''The Grand Finale'' by Emily Roth
3 - Thriller / A school for the blind / A compact disc or CD #HM - ''Hand in Hand'' by Sam Mayne
3 - Thriller / A school for the blind / A compact disc or CD #HM - ''Unforgettable'' by Jonathan Xavier Fuenzalida
3 - Thriller / A school for the blind / A compact disc or CD #HM - ''Lost in the Dark'' by Harry Cunningham
4 - Historical Fiction / A concrete plant / A massage table #1 - ''You Carry Our Story'' by Lorin Fries
4 - Historical Fiction / A concrete plant / A massage table #2 - ''The Eggs of Metal Birds'' by Lewis Holliday
4 - Historical Fiction / A concrete plant / A massage table #3 - ''Luck of the Gods'' by Taylor Kowalski
4 - Historical Fiction / A concrete plant / A massage table #HM - ''That Ragtown Shimmer'' by Allison Hall
4 - Historical Fiction / A concrete plant / A massage table #HM - ''Collapse at the Colosseum'' by Alex Pratt
4 - Historical Fiction / A concrete plant / A massage table #HM - ''A Concrete Plan'' by Martina Dalton
4 - Historical Fiction / A concrete plant / A massage table #HM - ''Four Hands'' by Esther Rogers
4 - Historical Fiction / A concrete plant / A massage table #HM - ''Faith in the Fog'' by Harmonie Milstein
5 - Ghost Story / An auto repair shop / A cardboard box #1 - ''You'd Let Us In'' by Alissa Butterworth
5 - Ghost Story / An auto repair shop / A cardboard box #2 - ''Heels and Soles and Tongues'' by Kevin Joffre
5 - Ghost Story / An auto repair shop / A cardboard box #3 - ''"An Incident at Hunter's Point"'' by Daniel Malossi
5 - Ghost Story / An auto repair shop / A cardboard box #HM - ''At What Cost?'' by Kasey Lee
5 - Ghost Story / An auto repair shop / A cardboard box #HM - ''Holding'' by John Adams
5 - Ghost Story / An auto repair shop / A cardboard box #HM - ''Payback'' by Madeleine Mandel
5 - Ghost Story / An auto repair shop / A cardboard box #HM - ''She's No Rosie'' by Erin McAuley
5 - Ghost Story / An auto repair shop / A cardboard box #HM - ''Murphy and Son'' by Lynne Caine
6 - Romantic Comedy / A concert / Hair dye #1 - ''To Dye For'' by Karl Winnower
6 - Romantic Comedy / A concert / Hair dye #2 - ''Double Dog Dares and Bird Calls'' by Alexandra Otto
6 - Romantic Comedy / A concert / Hair dye #3 - ''Leah Nice Guy and the Honest Man'' by Ellyn Franklin
6 - Romantic Comedy / A concert / Hair dye #HM - ''Lavender'' by Kristen Reiter
6 - Romantic Comedy / A concert / Hair dye #HM - ''Seriously, Janet?'' by Jennifer Sauer
6 - Romantic Comedy / A concert / Hair dye #HM - ''Nate's Date in Barstow'' by Chaz Pruchnicki
6 - Romantic Comedy / A concert / Hair dye #HM - ''Don’t Know Where, Don’t Know When'' by Pamela Iwantschak
6 - Romantic Comedy / A concert / Hair dye #HM - ''Bratwursted'' by Shelby Van Pelt
7 - Action/Adventure / A remote village / A peppermint candy #1 - ''Countdowns and Candy Stripes'' by Vaughn Smith
7 - Action/Adventure / A remote village / A peppermint candy #2 - ''A Taste of The World'' by Debby Huvaere
7 - Action/Adventure / A remote village / A peppermint candy #3 - ''Anderson Ridge'' by Sarah Scott
7 - Action/Adventure / A remote village / A peppermint candy #HM - ''Red Sky at Night'' by Jude Reid
7 - Action/Adventure / A remote village / A peppermint candy #HM - ''Cleaning Day'' by Lauren Rhodes
7 - Action/Adventure / A remote village / A peppermint candy #HM - ''"Sugar Tree"'' by Natalie Darnell
7 - Action/Adventure / A remote village / A peppermint candy #HM - ''No Turning Back'' by Clare Woods
7 - Action/Adventure / A remote village / A peppermint candy #HM - ''Lost Dakota'' by Zia Halim
8 - Action/Adventure / A gravesite / A rifle #1 - ''Slayer in the West'' by Paton Ashbrook
8 - Action/Adventure / A gravesite / A rifle #2 - ''Billy's Grave'' by Lisa Short
8 - Action/Adventure / A gravesite / A rifle #3 - ''Making it Home'' by Madison Gray
8 - Action/Adventure / A gravesite / A rifle #HM - ''Providence'' by Jonathan Goolsby
8 - Action/Adventure / A gravesite / A rifle #HM - ''The Buried Past'' by Courtney Snyder
8 - Action/Adventure / A gravesite / A rifle #HM - ''The inheritance'' by Sarah Wallace
8 - Action/Adventure / A gravesite / A rifle #HM - ''In Pursuit of Something True'' by Elizabeth Hakken Candido
8 - Action/Adventure / A gravesite / A rifle #HM - ''The Widow'' by LE Rodriguez
9 - Drama / A strawberry field / A tote bag #1 - ''Vines That Twist Like Years'' by Allison Rassmann
9 - Drama / A strawberry field / A tote bag #2 - ''Bitterberry'' by Keli
9 - Drama / A strawberry field / A tote bag #3 - ''A Body in Motion'' by Josephine Queen
9 - Drama / A strawberry field / A tote bag #HM - ''One Last Time Through the Strawberry Patch'' by Daniel Share-Strom
9 - Drama / A strawberry field / A tote bag #HM - ''Farewell Mr. Darcy'' by Jeanna Cotnam
9 - Drama / A strawberry field / A tote bag #HM - ''The Last Harvest'' by David Batteiger
9 - Drama / A strawberry field / A tote bag #HM - ''How to Make Strawberry Jam'' by Laurie Marshall
9 - Drama / A strawberry field / A tote bag #HM - ''Strawberry Tears'' by Heidi Hudson
10 - Horror / A dress rehearsal / A microphone #1 - ''The Offer'' by Imogen Lee
10 - Horror / A dress rehearsal / A microphone #2 - ''The Crate'' by Montgomery Scott
10 - Horror / A dress rehearsal / A microphone #3 - ''The Empty Man'' by Mara Willingham
10 - Horror / A dress rehearsal / A microphone #HM - ''The Eye in the Ceiling'' by Allen Gallehugh
10 - Horror / A dress rehearsal / A microphone #HM - ''Blood, Sweat, and Tears'' by Rebecca Saaltink
10 - Horror / A dress rehearsal / A microphone #HM - ''Wall Flower'' by Jonathan Ochoco
10 - Horror / A dress rehearsal / A microphone #HM - ''The Gods That We Inherited'' by Jules Roe
10 - Horror / A dress rehearsal / A microphone #HM - ''The Settling'' by Kristin L Norman
11 - Suspense / An emergency room / A houseplant #1 - ''Christmas Morning'' by Regan Puckett
11 - Suspense / An emergency room / A houseplant #2 - ''Entangled'' by Jennifer Moore
11 - Suspense / An emergency room / A houseplant #3 - ''Ninety-Eight'' by Sabrina Wolford
11 - Suspense / An emergency room / A houseplant #HM - ''Darling Ivy'' by SAMANTHA HEYWOOD
11 - Suspense / An emergency room / A houseplant #HM - ''Trauma Room F'' by Elizabeth Feins
11 - Suspense / An emergency room / A houseplant #HM - ''11:11PM'' by AB Simmerson
11 - Suspense / An emergency room / A houseplant #HM - ''Seeing RED'' by Lynn Fishel
11 - Suspense / An emergency room / A houseplant #HM - ''To Save Her Daughter'' by Andrea Goyan
12 - Thriller / A nature preserve / Handcuffs #1 - ''Precarious'' by Angela Teagardner
12 - Thriller / A nature preserve / Handcuffs #2 - ''Miss Poppins'' by Christopher Smith
12 - Thriller / A nature preserve / Handcuffs #3 - ''Honeymoon at the End of the Earth'' by Catherine T. Ricardo
12 - Thriller / A nature preserve / Handcuffs #HM - ''Hell Kitten'' by Susan Hamilton
12 - Thriller / A nature preserve / Handcuffs #HM - ''Cargo'' by Yang Liu
12 - Thriller / A nature preserve / Handcuffs #HM - ''A Preservation'' by Ellen Kramer
12 - Thriller / A nature preserve / Handcuffs #HM - ''Shutter Bleed'' by Dian Xu
12 - Thriller / A nature preserve / Handcuffs #HM - ''Them'' by Tarin Campanella
13 - Horror / A pharmacy / A welding helmet #1 - ''The Killing of a Mouse'' by Timothy DeLizza
13 - Horror / A pharmacy / A welding helmet #2 - ''In Your Eyes'' by Chris Page
13 - Horror / A pharmacy / A welding helmet #3 - ''And Now We Are Ten'' by Laila Miller
13 - Horror / A pharmacy / A welding helmet #HM - ''The Vulcan'' by Izzy Chaudhary
13 - Horror / A pharmacy / A welding helmet #HM - ''In Sickness and in Health'' by Jamie Evans
13 - Horror / A pharmacy / A welding helmet #HM - ''A Clean Break'' by MJ Eissler
13 - Horror / A pharmacy / A welding helmet #HM - ''The Vessel'' by Findlay Zotter
13 - Horror / A pharmacy / A welding helmet #HM - ''The Sharp Sting of Feathers'' by Rae Stinger
14 - Sci-Fi / A fashion show / A chain #1 - ''Au Naturel'' by Autumn Forester
14 - Sci-Fi / A fashion show / A chain #2 - ''Everything Begins Again'' by Michael Rader
14 - Sci-Fi / A fashion show / A chain #3 - ''Fashion! Live!'' by Emily Andras
14 - Sci-Fi / A fashion show / A chain #HM - ''The Beauty Protocol'' by Jacob Z Klimaszewski
14 - Sci-Fi / A fashion show / A chain #HM - ''When Worlds Collide'' by Taree Lee
14 - Sci-Fi / A fashion show / A chain #HM - ''Erasing'' by Jason Lenzo
14 - Sci-Fi / A fashion show / A chain #HM - ''The War on the Octavians'' by Molly Bradshaw
14 - Sci-Fi / A fashion show / A chain #HM - ''Black Mountain'' by SC Anderson
15 - Comedy / An information center / A photocopier #1 - ''Through Hell and Hemorrhoids'' by Topher Daniel
15 - Comedy / An information center / A photocopier #2 - ''Highway Robbery'' by Kate Harwood
15 - Comedy / An information center / A photocopier #3 - ''Tristian’s Mystery Customer'' by Charlotte Holloway
15 - Comedy / An information center / A photocopier #HM - ''The Robot Revolution'' by Carley Navarrette
15 - Comedy / An information center / A photocopier #HM - ''Jam in Tray Two'' by Adam Musgrave
15 - Comedy / An information center / A photocopier #HM - ''I’m Fallen and I Can’t Get Down'' by Steve Isaac
15 - Comedy / An information center / A photocopier #HM - ''The Recipe'' by Denise Haughian
15 - Comedy / An information center / A photocopier #HM - ''The Toast'' by Monica Turner
16 - Crime Caper / An underground bunker / A flip chart #1 - ''The Secret Heroes'' by Karoline Strickland
16 - Crime Caper / An underground bunker / A flip chart #2 - ''Sorry'' by Tina Morgan
16 - Crime Caper / An underground bunker / A flip chart #3 - ''Devil's Breath'' by Rachel Blackmore
16 - Crime Caper / An underground bunker / A flip chart #HM - ''The Six Ps'' by Liam Nolan
16 - Crime Caper / An underground bunker / A flip chart #HM - ''A Sound Pedagogical Argument for Teaching Chemistry in the Third Grade'' by Veronica Vazquez
16 - Crime Caper / An underground bunker / A flip chart #HM - ''The Academy'' by Carolynn Greer
16 - Crime Caper / An underground bunker / A flip chart #HM - ''Operation Purple Vengeance'' by Michael Pickard
16 - Crime Caper / An underground bunker / A flip chart #HM - ''Just Like Tripoli'' by Andy Lewis
17 - Drama / A roadblock / A scooter #1 - ''The Long Way'' by Hannah Watkins
17 - Drama / A roadblock / A scooter #2 - ''Sisterland'' by Nick Coleman
17 - Drama / A roadblock / A scooter #3 - ''On the Road Again'' by Rhonda
17 - Drama / A roadblock / A scooter #HM - ''Private Turn'' by Chris Housden
17 - Drama / A roadblock / A scooter #HM - ''Natural state'' by Siobhan Tootell
17 - Drama / A roadblock / A scooter #HM - ''One Good Egg'' by Wendy Brawer
17 - Drama / A roadblock / A scooter #HM - ''The Time Between'' by Anthony DiBella
17 - Drama / A roadblock / A scooter #HM - ''Material Goods'' by Sarah Robertson
18 - Romance / A frozen pond / A croissant #1 - ''Where You Have Sent Me'' by Jamison Anthony
18 - Romance / A frozen pond / A croissant #2 - ''The Light that fills the World'' by Oliver Lavery
18 - Romance / A frozen pond / A croissant #3 - ''Everything in Moderation'' by Christina Bridges
18 - Romance / A frozen pond / A croissant #HM - ''Emily & Him'' by Dee Stevens
18 - Romance / A frozen pond / A croissant #HM - ''Meet Me at Marston Green'' by Adam English
18 - Romance / A frozen pond / A croissant #HM - ''Take Wing'' by Rebecca Owen
18 - Romance / A frozen pond / A croissant #HM - ''On Frozen Pond'' by Scotty-Miguel Sandoe
18 - Romance / A frozen pond / A croissant #HM - ''By Hammond Pond'' by Tzu-Mainn Chen
19 - Historical Fiction / A maternity ward / A horse #1 - ''Lavender Fields'' by Sarah Chamberlain
19 - Historical Fiction / A maternity ward / A horse #2 - ''The Only Beautiful Thing Left for Me'' by Talia Camozzi
19 - Historical Fiction / A maternity ward / A horse #3 - ''Daemmerschlaf'' by Robert Tiemstra
19 - Historical Fiction / A maternity ward / A horse #HM - ''The One Who Got Away'' by Meg Overman
19 - Historical Fiction / A maternity ward / A horse #HM - ''Isles of Memory'' by Corrie Haldane
19 - Historical Fiction / A maternity ward / A horse #HM - ''Miracle'' by Mel Todd
19 - Historical Fiction / A maternity ward / A horse #HM - ''Mother Superior'' by Kate Felix
19 - Historical Fiction / A maternity ward / A horse #HM - ''The Shrinking Door'' by Danny Tress
20 - Mystery / An infirmary / A slice of bread #1 - ''Ruth'' by Olivia Curry
20 - Mystery / An infirmary / A slice of bread #2 - ''The Window'' by Beret Olsen
20 - Mystery / An infirmary / A slice of bread #3 - ''Just Desserts'' by Georgia Atkin
20 - Mystery / An infirmary / A slice of bread #HM - ''The Curiosity Loop'' by Myna Chang
20 - Mystery / An infirmary / A slice of bread #HM - ''The Head of a Pin'' by Alyssa Beatty
20 - Mystery / An infirmary / A slice of bread #HM - ''Maleficia'' by Tony Blaine
20 - Mystery / An infirmary / A slice of bread #HM - ''Rites and Rights'' by Danny Williams
20 - Mystery / An infirmary / A slice of bread #HM - ''End Date'' by Susie Sentevski
21 - Sci-Fi / An adoption agency / A seesaw #1 - ''Margery Daw'' by Cara Schultz
21 - Sci-Fi / An adoption agency / A seesaw #2 - ''The Einstein Children'' by Melinda Hagenson
21 - Sci-Fi / An adoption agency / A seesaw #3 - ''Man's Best Friend'' by Erin Dolan
21 - Sci-Fi / An adoption agency / A seesaw #HM - ''The Recycling Plant'' by Michelle Kaseler
21 - Sci-Fi / An adoption agency / A seesaw #HM - ''Agency'' by Audra Brackbill
21 - Sci-Fi / An adoption agency / A seesaw #HM - ''The Missing Part'' by Haley Hwang
21 - Sci-Fi / An adoption agency / A seesaw #HM - ''The Claw'' by Karen McHegg
21 - Sci-Fi / An adoption agency / A seesaw #HM - ''The Voices'' by Sara Farmer
22 - Ghost Story / A ferris wheel / A syringe #1 - ''Dead Body, High Soul'' by C. G. Honor
22 - Ghost Story / A ferris wheel / A syringe #2 - ''Funland'' by Katherine Westermann
22 - Ghost Story / A ferris wheel / A syringe #3 - ''Who You Ride With'' by Ryan Garcia
22 - Ghost Story / A ferris wheel / A syringe #HM - ''The Thrill Seeker'' by Catherine Hayward
22 - Ghost Story / A ferris wheel / A syringe #HM - ''The Best View In The City'' by Sage Martin
22 - Ghost Story / A ferris wheel / A syringe #HM - ''A Love to Die For'' by K. Lorraine Williams
22 - Ghost Story / A ferris wheel / A syringe #HM - ''One more time around'' by Mark Piras
22 - Ghost Story / A ferris wheel / A syringe #HM - ''He went on ahead'' by Susan Malarkey
23 - Suspense / A fire escape / A mattress #1 - ''Little Gifts'' by Barbara Diggs
23 - Suspense / A fire escape / A mattress #2 - ''THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WINDOW'' by sydney khoo
23 - Suspense / A fire escape / A mattress #3 - ''Hunger Pangs'' by Breanna Dittert
23 - Suspense / A fire escape / A mattress #HM - ''If I Had a Dime'' by Leslie Tidwell
23 - Suspense / A fire escape / A mattress #HM - ''Number Thirteen'' by Sarah Martin
23 - Suspense / A fire escape / A mattress #HM - ''Divine Intervention'' by Jessica Ramesch
23 - Suspense / A fire escape / A mattress #HM - ''A Thanksgiving Story'' by Amy L. Bethke
23 - Suspense / A fire escape / A mattress #HM - ''Tick Tock Went the Jesus Clock'' by Cooper Moss
24 - Fantasy / A construction site / A mirror #1 - ''The Felling'' by Meg Cameron
24 - Fantasy / A construction site / A mirror #2 - ''Farewell to Rorrim'' by Christopher Acone
24 - Fantasy / A construction site / A mirror #3 - ''Mongrels'' by Meg Sattler
24 - Fantasy / A construction site / A mirror #HM - ''Fire Breath Mountain'' by Tim Hass
24 - Fantasy / A construction site / A mirror #HM - ''A Veiled Decision'' by MM Schreier
24 - Fantasy / A construction site / A mirror #HM - ''Through a glass darkly'' by Corinna Toews
24 - Fantasy / A construction site / A mirror #HM - ''First-Day'' by Treasa A Oden
24 - Fantasy / A construction site / A mirror #HM - ''After Me, the Flood'' by Nicole Wachell
25 - Comedy / A temp agency / A motor #1 - ''Sadie Matherton's Job'' by Gina L. Grandi
25 - Comedy / A temp agency / A motor #2 - ''No Job Too Horrendous'' by Gem Hopkins
25 - Comedy / A temp agency / A motor #3 - ''Who Wants to Vent Sex Chickens'' by Russell Gray
25 - Comedy / A temp agency / A motor #HM - ''Temp Troubles'' by Shelley Shaw
25 - Comedy / A temp agency / A motor #HM - ''Angelic Assignments'' by Faye Upton
25 - Comedy / A temp agency / A motor #HM - ''O Christmas Tree'' by Kari Crawford
25 - Comedy / A temp agency / A motor #HM - ''Hell Yaass'' by K.S. DeVille
25 - Comedy / A temp agency / A motor #HM - ''FEUDrone'' by Bryant Bolyen

 

 

 


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