We congratulate our honorable mention nominees.

 

Flash Fiction Honorable Mention

M. L. Trombetta June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: La Florida
Author: M. L. Trombetta
Writing Neighborhood: Florida
Biography:

Mr. Trombetta has lived in Florida almost all of his life. His seven-year tour of duty in the Navy was served in Florida, with the exceptions of two short Mediterranean cruises and of three months temporary duty on the island of Crete.

"Myths and their modern retellings are my main interest. My short story of Demeter and Persephone was culled from 'Eleusis - Archetypal Image of Mother and Daughter,' a study by the mythologist C. Kerenyi," he said.

Regarding his entry which received honorable mention status he says, "But my immediate inspiration to submit a tale set in the Florida Panhandle was the marvelous article in the St. Petersburg Times (April 28, 2002) by Diane Roberts entitled Highway into History - US Hwy 90 West - Old Florida Still Lives and," he adds, "also, in that same Sunday edition, I saw the note about the [Word Smitten] Flash Fiction contest."

"The poem that I was then struggling with, which I had titled "The Visitation," magically shape shifted into La Florida. It was great fun."

Excerpt:
"I was far, far way from Miami. I watched the Old Woman across the circular glass tabletop. Sipping tea and scribbling in the ever present Moroccan-bound notebook. There were nearly fifty now, carefully stored in a well-traveled steamer trunk in the attic. All in Hungarian. 'Soon, they are yours,' she whispered to me."

 

Flash Fiction Honorable Mention

Karen Sheets June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Incident in Arizona
Author: Karen Sheets
Writing Neighborhood: Illinois
Biography:

Karen Sheets is an editor and graphic designer working in Chicago. She would like her style to be coherent. Her goal is to publish a book one day.

Excerpt:
"I stepped outside and saw…a motorcycle pulling onto the highway with a crunch and a skid. The sun was beating down and they were halfway out of sight, but it looked like a man in denim with a naked girl on the back."

 

Flash Fiction Honorable Mention

A. B. Moore June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Summah's Heah!
Author: A. B. Moore
Writing Neighborhood: Florida
Biography:

A. B. Moore is an ex-Marine Sergeant, briefly involved in the tail end of the Second World War and a Korean War veteran. Throughout his career he continues to write and has had material appear in trade magazines. His poetry was printed for a couple of years in the Beach Views of Clearwater Beach, and in other regional publications for the past two years. His short stories are loosely based on true stories with flights of fancy, such as "SUMMAH'S HEAH" written just for fun.

As a self-described elder statesman, Mr. Moore acknowledges his working pace is now more rapid than in the past. "I reach for the stars now, writing at a frantic pace to catch up with the lost years of word craftsmanship and the sheer joy of using words that have something to say," Art Moore commented when told of his nomination.

Excerpt:
"The rest of us sneer and sniff up our noses at these pumped up, sculptured bodies, some greased, that make us look, perhaps, more deformed than they do. The lure of the sun, sand, and water is a siren's call. "

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Another Kind Of Suicide Bomber
Author: George Liebermann
Writing Neighborhood: California

Excerpt: "They were fascinated by my answers, mostly lies. I have never seen the inside of the mine, skipped my high school classes when I had a chance. The girl presented as my sister sprang from my imagination. They wanted me to have a pretty sister."

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Global Warming
Author: Samara Rafert
Writing Neighborhood: New Hampshire

Excerpt: "As I ran my lap every other day in gym, the sweat pulled the sunlight against my neck until it burned. My friends left me behind."

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Flirting with Danger
Author: Charles Dodd
Writing Neighborhood: San Roco, Spain

Excerpt: "A glass of water, perhaps?" But the Elizabeth Hurley look-alike suddenly sat up, shaking her head and saying, 'No, no. I'm fine.' She stood up, and the disheveled state of the bed became apparent. She had not fainted. She could just have had a violent, limb-threshing seizure, but there was a more likely explanation."

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: The Territorial Imperative
Author: William A. Lyell, Jr.
Writing Neighborhood: Texas

Excerpt: "A cutpurse handy with a knife and discreet in his cups could escape capture for years. The Ripper's early murders did escape notice."

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Your Friendly HMO
Author: Rheana Rafferty
Writing Neighborhood: California

Excerpt: "Mrs. Mary Johanssen is glancing distractedly at a book of baby names while her husband stares at the pink and blue laminated chart on the wall titled "Your Baby in Gestation" with a look somewhere between awe and disgust."

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Not Available
Author: Scott Turner
Writing Neighborhood: Not Available

Excerpt: "He's still staring at us," he said, nodding his head toward the biker at the end of the bar. "Well, stop looking over there," I suggested. "Maybe he thinks you're the one staring at him." "You shouldn't have made that crack about his tattoo," said Eric. "So, now it's my fault. I didn't think he could hear me. And it does look like female genitalia. Would you want that on your arm?" "It was an anchor, for God's sake. I don't know who you've been dating."

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Meltdown
Author: Gary Applegary
Writing Neighborhood: Florida

Excerpt: "Summer came early, and so did I, rolling through my neighborhood of yesteryear in my Jolly Treats truck."

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: That First Moment
Author: Rich Pearl
Writing Neighborhood: Florida

Excerpt: "Turning your head, you look at him. You notice his ribs are patched with moss held on by a leaf."

 

Flash Fiction

lines we like June 2002 Competition Awards

Title: Flight of Hand
Author: Juliette Kelley
Writing Neighborhood: California

Excerpt: "The first clue that my marriage had gone astray was when my 48-year-old husband cut his hair into a Mohawk, moved to Manhattan and took up with a man."

 

 

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