(I can still call it “in print” when it’s online, right? Right.)
The results are up for Flash Fiction Chronicles’ fourth annual String-of-10 contest, and I’m on the list as a semi-finalist! Woohoo! Sure, I don’t win anything and my story doesn’t get published, but it’s my first significant success in the six months since I started taking my writing seriously and submitting stories, so I am very much doing my I-can't-believe-it Happy Dance.
I discovered the contest thanks to Madeline at The Shellshank Redemption, who snagged an Honorable Mention last year with a story you should all go read. The rules were to write a story under 250 words that included at least four words from FFC's list of ten. For the chance at an added prize, we could incorporate the theme “Freedom is a possession of inestimable value” – Cicero. Usually I’m neither concise nor good with prompts, but this one happened to spark some story ideas. I got one down and after several days of extensive, obsessive editing managed to bring it under 250 words. Obviously I’m glad I did! Now I have even more motivation to enter contests, try new formats, and keep getting better.
I'm also excited to read the winning works as they're published, especially since there were some really great top stories from past years. Check them out! Happy dances all around. :-D