We are delighted to announce the winners of the 2016 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction, as chosen by the master of flash himself, Bob Thurber. Here is what Bob has to say about the finalists:
Nice job, all of you. A superior batch of finalists. I enjoyed so many of them. Here are my final selections
‘Xuefei and his Heart’ by Rebecca Wurtz
for its solid writing and wonderfully intriguing surreality
‘Painted Nails’ by Jenna Park
for its painful voice and understatement
‘Scathed’ by Holly Woodward
for its wild energy and insistence
As always with these contests the senior editors indulge themselves by honouring an additional story that caught their eyes. This year the Editor’s Pick is ‘Better Watch Out’ by Anna Belkine.
The winner and first runner-up will be published in Pulp Literature Issue 13, Winter 2017, and we hope to find space for the second runner-up and Editor’s Pick in that or future issues.
Thanks once more to Bob Thurber for taking on the judging, and congratulations to these brilliant writers!
Jen, Mel & Sue
Pulp Literature Press