Shiny Things Won 1st Place!

I entered the bi-monthly flash fiction contest at Shock Totem in May, and my story won!

From what I understand, the winners of the bi-monthly contests over the course of the year are in the running for publication later. So winning this one doesn’t mean it’ll be published, and I have no idea what the prize actually is, but it doesn’t matter. I feel all wound up like the old man in A Christmas Story. Christ, maybe it’s a bowling alley!

For anyone interested, the next one is in July. You get a week to write, revise and submit your story after the prompt is given. Then 3-4 weeks, depending on the number of entries, are alloted for voting and feedback.

New and nervous writers should consider it, because you get several different comments on your story that might prove helpful during revision. You’ve certainly got nothing to lose. It was challenging and fun, even though the prompt dealt with spiders, and I’m arachnophobic.

There’s also a bi-weekly flash challenge that’s just for fun. I haven’t been around to try that one yet, but when I am I’m going to give it a shot. It’s Saturday nights, so if you have a free couple of hours every other Saturday, give it a whirl. I believe you get a prompt and an hour to write, then voting occurs immediately after. This Saturday is the next one (I think). Details about that and the bi-monthly contest, as well as the magazine and other fun things, are at the Shock Totem site.

I was all prepared to do everything I could to distract myself from any low feelings the results might cause (you get to see how many votes you got, and you get criticism…) so winning is a thrill!

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  1. June 8th, 2011 | Madeline Mora-Summonte says:

    Congratulations, Shelley! And hey, a prize is a prize, right? 🙂

  2. June 8th, 2011 | NicoleMD says:

    Congrats! I hope you get a bowling alley! 🙂

  3. June 8th, 2011 | Shelley says:

    @Madeline-Thanks! Just winning is pretty darn cool, but a prize is nice, too. 🙂

    @Nicky-Heh, thanks!

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