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The New Queen of the Hive: The Bumblebee Contest Winner!

The editors and judge Bob Thurber are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest is “Crushed Velvet” by Ingrid Jendrzejewski. 

Bob Thurber notes:

Among its merits are its playful, whimsical tone. Its seductive smoothness. Its refreshing eccentricity and, of course, its good fashion sense.

Congratulations, Ingrid! “Crushed Velvet” is a story to read and reread.  Ingrid takes home the $300 prize and her story will be published in Issue 15, Summer 2017.

The judge’s nod for runner-up goes to “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” by Jay Allisan —

for its jaunty seriousness and obvious merit.

Well done, Jay!  We hope to publish this story as well in an upcoming issue, space allowing.

For those authors who requested editorial critiques, you should start receiving your manuscripts back in the next few weeks as we work through them.

Thank you to all our contest entrants who submitted their carefully polished prose.  We enjoyed reading your work.  For the poets among you, the Magpie Award for Poetry is currently open, and for the rest, the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize opens May 1st.   To stay on top of submissions openings and contests, request our free monthly newsletter, and you’ll never miss an opportunity for glory again!

 

 

 

 

The Bumblebee Contest Shortlist

Drumroll, please.

Writers and readers and other good folk, it is with great pleasure that we announce the shortlist for the Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest.  Choosing between so many excellent stories was a challenge, but at last we narrowed the entries down to ten.

Here are the authors and stories, listed alphabetically by author’s first name:

  • Charity Tahmaseb, “Lucky”
  • Ingrid Jendrzejewski, “Crushed Velvet”
  • Jay Allisan, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang”
  • Katie Gray, “The Pit”
  • Laura Taylor, “A Royal Institution”
  • Leslie Wibberley, “The Weight of Time”
  • Melanie Cossey, “Even Steven”
  • Soramimi Hanarejima, “The Utility of Mandatory Hilarity”
  • Tristan Marajh, “Roshan”
  • William Kaufmann, “Bedside”

Congratulations to these three authors!  The winner chosen by our judge the brilliant Bob Thurber will be announced tomorrow …

PS:  Poets, don’t forget that the earlybird entry fee rate for the Magpie Award for Poetry ends tomorrow too!

 

 

The Real Sting: Bumblebee Contest Longlist

The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest: short and sweet stories with a sting.  The real sting, though, is choosing between so many excellent entries.  The editors had to work hard to select a longlist.  Thank you to everyone whose stories made choosing difficult.

Here are the authors on the longlist, alphabetically by first name:littlepen

  1. Amanda Truscott
  2. Candace Kubinec
  3. Catherine Raphael
  4. Charity Tahmaseb
  5. Claire Lawrence
  6. Colin Thornton
  7. Cornelia Hoogland
  8. David Perlmutter
  9. Soramimi Hanarejima
  10. Ingrid Jendrzejewski
  11. Jenny Fleming
  12. Jay Allisan
  13. Joel Freiburger
  14. Kat McNichol
  15. Katie Gray
  16. K. Kris Loomis
  17. KT Wagner
  18. Laura Taylor
  19. Leslie Wibberley
  20. Luo Yang
  21. Margaret Code
  22. Melanie Cossey
  23. Richard Arbib
  24. Rose Divecha
  25. Steven Kochems
  26. Tristan Marajh
  27. William Kaufmann

Congratulations, authors!  We editors will steel ourselves to make a shortlist for contest judge Bob Thurber soon.

In the meantime, the Magpie contest opens tomorrow.  Poets, prime your pens!