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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