The 2016 hum­ming­bird prize for flash fic­tion


Much as the ruby-throated hum­ming­bird mi­grates north in the spring, so do ex­pertly faceted nar­ra­tive gems wing their way to our in­boxes to mark the start of this sea­son of re­vival and re­birth. Many of the en­tries in our third an­nual Hum­ming­bird con­test were stun­ning, mak­ing the judg­ing process fairly dif­fi­cult this year. Luck­ily, we were once again for­tu­nate enough to be joined by award-win­ning flash fic­tion author, Bob Thurber. Here is what Bob had to say about the fi­nal­ists:

Nice job, all of you. A su­pe­rior batch of fi­nal­ists. I en­joyed so many of them. Here are my fi­nal se­lec­tions:

Win­ner ‘Xue­fei and his heart’ by Re­becca Wurtz for its solid writ­ing and won­der­fully in­trigu­ing sur­re­al­ity

Run­ner-up ‘Painted Nails’ by Jenna Park for its painful voice and un­der­state­ment

Hon­ourable Men­tion ‘Scathed’ by Holly Wood­ward for its wild en­ergy and in­sis­tence

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