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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)





Sunday, October 21, 2012

Halloween Flash Fiction Contest


Halloween Flash Fiction Contest!

Contest update:  The contest is now closed to submissions.
Voting is open and will close on Wednesday at 9AM

As most of you may know, Lykaia began as a flash fiction piece last October. In honor of its release I wanted to do something fun to celebrate. So, on a whim I decided to host a Halloween themed Flash Fiction Contest. I wasn't sure if anyone would join and if they did, what I would do with them?

To my great surprise the response was so overwhelming that I had to put a 25 story limit each week. Asking people to read 25,000 words each week and then vote on their favorite seemed like a stretch as it was. And yet week after week we managed to fill those 25 spots in less than 24 hours. 

I am thrilled at the response and a little sad to see it come to an end. We have now entered our last week. The winner for this week will be our last finalist and will go on to compete for a rather impressive grand prize. 

Our finalist so far are:


We have 29 quality stories for this last week all written by some very talented authors. I look forward to seeing who emerges as the winner. 

On Thursday, October 25th I will announce a prompt. The finalists will then have to write a new story that incorporates that prompt. They will have until Monday, October 29th at 9am (CDT) to turn in that story. Unlike weeks past this final round will not be an open vote. Only writers who have submitted a story will qualify to vote. This is, afterall, a writer's contest. And so writers will determine the winner. The writer with the most votes will win the following grand prize. 

Grand Prize: 
E-books 
  • Lykaia by Sharon Van Orman
  • The Wedding Gift by Kathleen McKenna
  • The Division of the Damned by Reggie Jones
  • I've Been Deader by Adam Sifre
  • The Lilean Chronicles: Book One ~ Redemption by Merita King
  • The Lilean Chronicles: Book Two ~ The Sleeping by Merita King
  • The Lilean Chronicles: Book Three ~ Changing Faces by Merita King
  • The Sword Bearers by Monique Rocklife
  • The Sword Bearer's Journey by Monique Rockliffe
  • The Sea Witch by Brian Bigelow
  • When You Come Back To Me Again. by Jaimie Hope
  • The Nexus Point by Jaleta Clegg
  • Tribesman by Paul Freeman
  • Bonded by Crimson by Zrnka Jelic
  • The Substitute by James Hatch
  • Fall Leaves and the Black Dragon by Erik Gustafson
  • The Gorge by Jason McPherson
  • Relative Sanity by Martin Reaves
  • Relative Karma by Martin Reaves
  • Dark Thoughts by Martin Reaves
  • Legend of Dragamere by Gretchen Steen


Paperbacks: 
  • Top Cases of The FBI by RJ Paker
  • The Serial Killer Compendium by RJ Parker
  • Terrible Zombie of Oz by L Scullard & L Frank Baum
  • The Path of the Fallen by Dan O’Brien 


Hardcover: 
  • Buck the Good Dog, by Renee Pierce Williams  
Miscellaneous 
  • $50.00 Amazon gift card donated by RJ Parker 
  • 15% of editing package donated by Mary Nancy Cody Smith from Eagle Eye Editing
  •  A signed copy of Robert Liparulo's latest release, "The 13th Tribe”
Gretchen Steen has graciously donated her time and compiled an anthology from the stories that have been featured in the contest. That book will be available for free download on Halloween.  The link will be posted on the Facebook event page as well as here, on my blog. 





Thank you all very much, both to the writers and those that dropped by to read. I know the writers deeply appreciate the feedback.

I have a surprise in mind... so stay tuned... (insert evil laugh here)

For more information, head on over to the Facebook Halloween Flash Fiction Contest event.

And if you are interested in the story that start it all, head on over to Amazon and pick-up Lykaia: Book 1 of the Sophia Katsaros Series

~Sharon

1 comment:

  1. I'm very glad to have been a part of this. Not only for the great 'reading', but also the new friends.
    Along with Sharon, I never thought this project would blow-up like it has. Everything is formatted up to now, 67 stories from 44 different authors...simply incredible! If anyone would like to submit a story for the anthology, please message me on Facebook. There will be a section for those who didn't enter the contest.
    I enjoyed myself and shall we 'Do it again next year?' ABSOLUTELY!! :)

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