We are thrilled to announce the winners of this, our very first Brattleboro Literary Festival Flash Fiction Contest. GMR is proud to collaborate with this stunning literary festival and sponsor its wildly fun “Flashing Lights” reading event. This year’s contest winner will be invited to the Brattleboro Literary Festival (Oct. 3-6) to read at “Flashing Lights” on October 5th, alongside David Abrams, Pamela Houston, Christine Schutt, Meghan Mayhew Bergman, and Bonnie ZoBell.
Judging this year’s competition alongside the GMR staff were Cynthia Larson, Jodie Paloni, Rebekah Willey, and Bonnie ZoBell. The judges read 428 entries, which, all together, embraced, resisted, and complicated all notions of the flash fiction form. These judges worked long and hard, and ultimately chose the following outstanding writers as this year’s contest winners.
for “The Saint-Girl’s Sweetest Tortures” and “P. T. Barnum’s Fiji Mermaid Exhibition As I Was Not the Girl I Thought I Was”
Second Place Winner:
Karen Stefano‘s short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The South Carolina Review, The Santa Fe Literary Review, Tampa Review, Storyglossia, Metazen, and elsewhere. She lives in California and is currently at work on a novel. To learn more about her writing, please visit www.stefanokaren.com.
Third Place Winner:
for “When I Was an Astronaut”
We are also pleased to announce the following finalists:
“Portraiture of Sleep: In Stages” by Rachael Armstrong
“Persimmons” by Patrick Bahls
“Lunch” by Lou Beach
“Blood Kin” by Celia Bland
“Center Console Conversation” by Michael Chaney
“The Story of John, Or Love” by Janey Gibilisco
“Like Airplanes and Stars” by Dan Gustein
“How a Perfect Husband Acts” by Ben Hoffman
“No Good For Digging” by Dustin M. Hoffman
“Caves of the Rust Belt” by Joe Kapitan
“Wilderness Champion” by Gina Keicher
“Little Dancer” by Doug Ramspeck
“Pink Blood” by Adam Schuitema
“Restoring the Confederacy Theater” by Kayla Whitaker
“Violins” by Luke Wiget
Congratulations to our winners and finalists, and thank you to all who entered the contest. This was truly the most enjoyable and lively contest Green Mountains Review has ever been a part of.