The Bum­ble­bee Flash Fic­tion Con­test


The Bum­ble­bee Flash Fic­tion Con­test: a call for short, sassy, sweet, and sting­ing fic­tion of no more than 750 words. That call was an­swered with an abun­dance of pol­ished stories, al­most an em­bar­rass­ment of riches from those most dili­gent of busy-bee craftsper­sons, au­thors. This is­sue pub­lishes both the Bum­ble­bee win­ner, ‘Crushed Vel­vet’ by In­grid Jen­drze­jew­ski, and the run­ner-up, Jay Al­lisan’s ‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’.

Judge Bob Thurber says of ‘Crushed Vel­vet’: Among its mer­its are its play­ful, whim­si­cal tone. Its se­duc­tive smooth­ness. Its re­fresh­ing eccentricity and, of course, its good fash­ion sense.

‘Kiss Kiss Bang Bang’ re­ceived his nod for its jaunty se­ri­ous­ness and ob­vi­ous merit.

The other eight short­listed stories were ‘Lucky’ by Char­ity Tah­maseb, ‘The Pit’ by Katie Gray, ‘The Weight of Time’ by Les­lie Wib­ber­ley, ‘Even Steven’ by Melanie Cossey, ‘The Util­ity of Manda­tory Hi­lar­ity’ by So­ramimi Hanare­jima, ‘Roshan’ by Tris­tan Marajh, and ‘Bed­side’ by Wil­liam Kauf­mann.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to In­grid, Jay, and the short­listed au­thors, and thanks to all our con­test en­trants who made choos­ing so difficult.

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