Bob Thurber has released his final thoughts on this year’s Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize!
Runner up: ‘Day Three’ by Robert Runté
Winner: ‘The Angler’ by Nicholas Christian
On ‘The Angler’, Bob had this to say:
I adored this selection from the first read, and appreciated the narrative’s strong current and free-flowing authenticity on all subsequent readings.
The language of “The Angler” blisters like sunburn. The edges of this very short (under 600 words) story are prickly bright and they’ll leave blind spots on your eyes for days. Congratulations to the winner, and thank you for the enjoyable daze. Your story outshined a long, sunny list of finalists.
Double congratulations are due to Nicholas Christian for his recent marriage to the 2018 Magpie Award for Poetry winner, Kelli Allen!
You might recognize Bob Thurber from Issue 12 as our feature author, and as the returning judge for the 2018 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize judge.
Bob was recently declared legally blind, but true to form, he hasn’t let that slow him down.
“I have enough ‘tunnel vision’ to still work (read & write & edit) every day, using various magnifying tools and software, though my work sessions are shorter. More stories and more books are coming.”
We look forward to his upcoming short story, ‘Winter of the Frozen Moon‘, to be published in the 2018 issue of So It Goes: The Literary Journal of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library.
A big thank you once again to everyone who participated in the 2018 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize. If flash fiction drives you, set a reminder for the annual Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest, opening Jan. 1st, 2019.