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.