Folked-Up Flash results!

1 Mar

Who made the cut?

Now, this was a fun one. Folked-Up Flash brimmed with magick and mayhem, transformation and abomination, ritual and gristle, brutality and poignancy. New takes on familiar tales and lesser-known myths abounded, and we followed your breadcrumbs down some twisted and bizarre paths in stories that stuck with us like a curse. 

Whether full of crows, wolves, spirits, woodsmen, witches, bogs, rocky shores, moonlight, or funeral pyres, this flavor of folk horror and dark fairy tales includes the type of stories that always seem to find a spot or two in our Top 10 no matter the contest theme, so it sure is handy to have a bunch of them all in one place. So much so that we couldn’t limit ourselves to just 10, and we stretched the winners’ circle to 11. 

The following writers had stories that avoided the chop for several rounds, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Stuart Airey
Edward Barnfield
Nicki Blake
Finnian Burnett
Michael Carter
Ian Crutcher
Donatella du Plessis
Celia Daniels
Andrea Goyan
Donna Greenwood
Bryan Harvey
Meagan Johanson
Gaynor Jones
Lauren Kardos
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Hanne Larsson
Fiona McKay
Marsha McSpadden
Brett Milam
Sherry Morris
Bayveen O’Connell
Chris Panatier
Marisca Pichette
Belicia Rhea
Daniel Scamell
August Van Stralen
Beth Wenger
Margret Wiggins
Alpheus Williams
R.J Witlaw

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Folked-Up Flash mega-issue, which will manifest within a week. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue.

10th (TIE):
Root Cellar” by Max Firehammer / “The Dancing Twins” by Terri Potvin
9th: “Skins” by Alice Laciny
8th: “The Borrowers” by Kristina Saccone
7th: “The Beetle Men of Meadow Brook” by Jo Withers
6th: “A Becoming” by Nikki Gonzalez
5th: “Closer” by Neil Clark
4th: “The Axe” by Lisa Beebe


And now for the three stories that really lit things up…

3rd Prize ($100)

“A Surplus of Daughters”
by E.B. Schnepp


2nd Prize ($200)

“Wolves from the Sky”
by Liz Fyne


1st Prize ($300)

“The Precipice”
by Jiksun Cheung


Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Folked-Up Flash contest! 

Check back within a week for the Folked-Up Flash mega-issue.

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