We are happy to announce the winner of the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize!
The winning story is ‘Just Down the Hall’ by Jeanette Topar.
Our final judge, Bob Thurber, enjoyed reading all of the finalists several times before deciding that ‘Just Down the Hall‘ “had qualities that glowed in the dark atmosphere and sense of dread the story presents. Nicely done.”
Congratulations to our winner!
Here’s a taste of Jeanette Topar’s winning story.
Truth was, Mrs. Cole had become a little afraid of 902. Late in the evenings she’d hear 902’s footsteps slide across the tiled hallway, hesitating outside her door. “Is this my place?” her neighbour would ask. Mrs. Cole would mute the volume on her TV and hold her breath as she sat quietly in her tidy living room waiting for the woman to shuffle away. The last few times Mrs. Cole had encountered her, 902 was wearing nothing but a gray slip that blended with the color of her skin and matched her hair…
Jeanette Topar receives $300 and publication of her haunting tale in Pulp Literature Issue 17, Winter 2018.
The Editor’s Choice
For the Editor’s Choice, we had to think very hard before selecting from the titles in the Hummingbird Prize long list. But we were united at last in selecting the moving story ‘The Bruised Peach’ by William Kaufmann. This story will also appear in Issue 17 of Pulp Literature, Winter 2018.
Congratulations to our winners. And a big thanks to our fine entrants. Our deep appreciation goes to final judge Bob Thurber and his keen judgement of flash fiction. Bob Thurber is known throughout the flash fiction universe for his intense, no-holds-barred storytelling, and is the author of Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories, Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel, and Nothing But Trouble.
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After much deliberation, the editors are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 Hummingbird Prize. In alphabetical order by story, the shortlist is as follows:
- “A Pop of Purple” by Sarah Chamberlain
- “All Day Every Day” by CE Mandybura
- “Bequest” by Soramimi Hanarejima
- “Choosing Guns” by Linda Kirkby
- “Coasting” by Melanie Cossey
- “Commonplace Permit” by Ella Christie
- “Just Down the Hall” by Jeanette Topar
- “Late Blight” by KT Wagner
- “Pilgrimage” by Alex Reece Abbott
- “The Bruised Peach” by William Kaufmann
- “The Cure” by Salvatore Difalco
Congratulations to all the authors! The winner as chosen by Bob Thurber will be announced on July 15th.
Hold on to your hats! (You’ll need them, with all this downright hot and sunny weather we’ve been having.) Our editorial team has come up with a longlist for this year’s Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize.
The longlisted stories, in alphabetical order:
- A Pop of Purple
- All Day Every Day
- Below the Line
- Choosing Guns
- Coco and Peanut
- Commonplace Permit
- Just Down the Hall
- Late Blight
- My Recurring Dream Each Time I Start to Drift on the Sofa
- The Bruised Peach
- The Collector
- The Cure
- The Taste Tester
Thank you to all the authors who submitted stories. It was a pleasure to read them. Winners will be announced on July 15th!
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Our tireless poetry editor Daniel Cowper has been up late every night for the past weeks, reading and re-reading the wonderful poems that our Magpie gathered this year. The finalists have been passed onto judge Renée Saklikar and we will announce her findings next week. In the meantime, here are the shortlisted poets:
Congratulations to all of you, and double congrats to Trudi Benford who has two poems in the running. Best of luck in the final round!
The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize is currently open for entries until June 15th. To stay abreast of all our contest openings, be sure to sign up for our free monthly newsletter.
The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize is open! But catch that earlybird now — entry fees go up on May 15th. Guidelines are here.
It is our pleasure to introduce the judge for this year’s Magpie Award for Poetry, Surrey BC’s Poet Laureate Renée Sarojini Saklikar.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar writes thecanadaproject, a life-long poem chronicle. Work from the project appears in journals, anthologies and chapbooks. Renée’s first book, children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections, (Nightwood Editions, 2013) won the 2014 Canadian Authors Association Award for poetry and was a finalist for the Dorothy Livesay Poetry Award.
Renée is currently a mentor and instructor for Simon Fraser University, and co-founder of the poetry reading series, Lunch Poems at SFU. With Wayde Compton, Renée co-edited The Revolving City: 51 Poems and the Stories Behind Them (Anvil Press/SFU Public Square, 2015). She is currently at work on the long poem, “Thot-J-Bap”, excerpts of which can be found in Eleven Eleven, The Capilano Review, DUSIE and The Rusty Toque, as well as in chapbooks published by Nous-Zot and above/ground presses.
Renée is the inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey and the 2017 UBC Okanagan Writer in Residence. She collects poems about bees.
We are delighted to have Renée onboard as the Magpie Award judge. Thank you, Renée!
The 4th annual Magpie Award for Poetry is open until April 15th. Contest guidelines here.
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!
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 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:
- Amanda Truscott
- Candace Kubinec
- Catherine Raphael
- Charity Tahmaseb
- Claire Lawrence
- Colin Thornton
- Cornelia Hoogland
- David Perlmutter
- Soramimi Hanarejima
- Ingrid Jendrzejewski
- Jenny Fleming
- Jay Allisan
- Joel Freiburger
- Kat McNichol
- Katie Gray
- K. Kris Loomis
- KT Wagner
- Laura Taylor
- Leslie Wibberley
- Luo Yang
- Margaret Code
- Melanie Cossey
- Richard Arbib
- Rose Divecha
- Steven Kochems
- Tristan Marajh
- 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!