EOW Parade of Victory

It is time to announce the winners of the End of the World Flash Fiction Contest! I received 19 fabulous entries for the contest. Tales of strange happenings, bombs, diseases, aliens, and the everyday. Love thwarted. Love found. Jessica Alba.

The prompt? The day before the end of the world. Each entry had to use the phrase “end of the world” without actually showing the end of the world (though a glimpse at the end was okay).

There was a lot of magic happening here for the last couple weeks.

Without more of my mumbo-jumbo, I’ll get to the point!

Get ready, get set, because we’re announcing the winners!

Kicked the apocalypse’s ass.

Martin Reaves!

Martin’s entry, “It’s the End of the World…And I Feel Fine” made me laugh. It had whimsy and irony and everything I would want from the world ending. It was clear he had a blast writing his story.

Congratulations, Martin! You’ve won a $25 Amazon gift card and an in-depth critique of the first 5,000 words of your manuscript! Don’t forget to claim your Victor Badge and display it with pride! Maybe you could frame it. Or Mod-Podge it.

Thank you for your enthusiasm!

And now…someone else weathered the apocalypse and came out alive.

You lived.

Stacy Bennett-Hoyt!

Stacy wrote “Third Time’s A Charm,” a story of finding courage just a little too late. I loved the imagery and the angst of last minute bravery — even if it never came to fruition. It showed the singlemindedness of young infatuation and made me root for Joel.

Just goes to show we should strike while the iron is not being nuked, right?

Stacy, you have won an in-depth critique of the first 3,000 words of your manuscript and the Survivor Badge to love and cherish. Thank you for your words!

Who’s getting this bad boy?

And we’re not done — YOU all still have a task before you. The winner of the Chosen Badge will receive a highlight on my blog and the bragging rights of being the bestest and most popular. And because I have had such a great time reading all your writing, I am going to throw in a critique for the Chosen as well: the first 1,500 words of your manuscript if you so desire.

How are you going to choose? We’re doing this March Madness style — with a bracket. I lined up all the entries by drawing each name and title randomly. Here’s the bracket:

(Click for larger view.)

The Rules:

  • You may NOT vote for yourself. (Honor system. The Flying Spaghetti Monster is watching you.)
  • You MAY promote your own on social networks and get friends to vote for you.
  • You may vote once per match-up.
  • Read entries before you vote. Please.
  • I’ll post two matches per day. You’ll have until midnight.
  • Be courteous, kind, and forgiving. (Take it from Steve Martin.)
  • Have fun!

Round One Match-Ups:

1. Unisse Chua, “Last Day” versus C.F. Waller, “Last Call”

Read these entries HERE.

2. Rafael Piñero, “The Best Seat In The House” versus N.E. White, “God’s Vengeance”

Read these entries HERE.

That’s it for today! Mucho congratulations to our awesome winners, Martin Reaves and Stacy Bennett-Hoyt, and thank all of you who participated for sharing your words with the world!

It’s your turn to be the judge! Rally the troops and pick our Chosen!


About Emmie Mears

Saving the world from brooding, one self-actualized vampire at a time.

Posted on August 3, 2012, in Contest Entries, Contests, EOW and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. Well now, this was a delight to wake up to! It was an honor just to be chosen (isn’t that what they say at the Oscars?). What a hoot this was. Thank you, Emmie, for creating this challenge–and for being the coolest blogger in this soon-to-be-a-zombie-infested-wasteland. 🙂

  2. Congrats to the winners! Well deserved!

    Now…exactly how do we vote? Is there a poll somewhere that I missed?

    • I fixed the polls…they were invisible. Or nonexistent. Not sure if I accidentally published an earlier draft or what happened, but they’re there now!

  3. congrats as well . . i enjoyed reading them

    on another note how do you vote ? is there a button or something ?

  4. Ah, I see the polls now and I have noted in the first set (not in the second as I am ineligible).

    FYI – I may not be around in the next couple of days to vote in the next rounds, but I’ll do my best, everyone.

    Good luck to all!

  5. Okay, promoted, promoted, promoted. Crossing fingers… 😀

  6. Congrats to the winners! I enjoyed reading and participating!

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