Friday, May 25, 2012

The Six Finalists of the Flash Fiction Blogfest

 

First off, I want to thank everyone who entered a flash fiction story as well as spread word about the Flash Fiction Blogfest. Last year, we had 25 entries, and we about tripled that this year. I've been amazed by the entries as well. It was hard to make a decision of the top six.

The way I gathered the entries was going to each of your blogs, copying and pasting the blog link and the entry. I left a general comment to let you know I saw the entry, then I blacked out the blog link. I didn't start reading the entries until Wednesday, and I went one by one to decide whether or not I liked it better than the top six I had. If so, then I considered where to put the story. If not, then it went to the cut list.

Trust me when I say this, writing is subjective. There wasn't a bad flash fiction piece I read. Many made me smile or chuckle. Others had my heart pounding with their excellent tension. These top six are subjective choices. Another person could take the same flash fiction pieces and choose six completely different finalists, but since this is my blogfest, you were stuck with me and my choices. Heh.

Without further ado, here are your six finalists in no particular order. 


Feel free to click the links, since they take you to a new page. Then, come back and vote for your favorite. I know it's a tough decision. It was nearly impossible to just pick my top six. I'll announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners on Tuesday, May 29th. I'll also pick a random person to win a $10 gift card from Amazon.

As a special bonus, since I reached over 500 GFC blog followers this week, I will also be giving away something special on my blog on Tuesday.

Vote here!

39 comments:

Trisha said...

Congrats to all the finalists!!

Von L Cid said...

Just voted. Good luck to the finalists. This was fun. I'll keep checking back on all the new blogs and writers I found. Thanks Cherie!

Mina Lobo said...

Rock on, finalists! :-)
Some Dark Romantic

Summer Ross said...

Congrats to the finalists! I cast my vote. :)

T said...

First, congrats to the six finalists. One of my top 3 favorites made it, and got my vote. Next, I just have to say that you didn't have to be a finalist to win in this contest... this was my very first blog fest. I've always been a very private person, guarded about sharing my writing with anyone I didn't personally know. However, this was my trial at going public and I couldn't be happier. All the participants were so supportive of one another, it was just amazing to be a part of something like this! I also found a handful of writers to follow and see where their future stories lead. Thanks again for hosting this, Cherie! And thanks to everyone who helped make this a great experience, too!

sjp said...

Sincerest thanks for the appreciation and was completely stunned to be named a finalist, I entered this as motivation to work out some more flash fiction and to network with other blogs and it has been an amazing blogfest thank you Cherie :)

T you should join the Insecure Writers Support group its great for facing your writing worries.

Kyra Lennon said...

Congrats to the finalists! There were some amazing entries, it must have been really hard to narrow it down!

M.J. Fifield said...

Congratulations to the finalists! I didn't participate in this blogfest but I still had a great time reading other bloggers' entries.

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

Congrats to the finalists. Off to vote now :)

Misha Gericke said...

Congrats to the finalists! :-)

Elise Fallson said...

Congrats to the finalists, everyone did an awesome job! (:

farawayeyes said...

Cherie - you rock. Michael Offutt - thanks for pointing me here. To everyone who participated , you are winners for sticking your writing out there. To the other finalists,of course,I read your stuff - good job. Now if you're reading this and haven't voted yet - Go right on over there and vote for me.

If you need more encouragement go to my blog and read my SHAMELESS post.

Seriously, though, do go over and vote for me. Ah, er, I mean good luck to everyone.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Major congratulations to all the finalists! I don't envy you, Cherie, you had a tough job with all the good entries (I did my best to read through them all, only managed about half but what I read was awesome).

Thank you for hosting the blogfest - it finally got me writing fiction again, and it felt great!

Laura said...

Congrats to all the finalists. I'm off to vote now. Thanks again to Cherie for hosting the blogfest, it was really fun, and I found that I really enjoyed writing flash fiction.

Sania said...

Congrats to the finalists! Thanks cherie for holding this blog fest!

Danielle B. said...

Yay! Two of my favs made it. Now choosing between the two are going to be hard.

Thanks for hosting it. I had a great time and made some new blogging friends! Can't wait for next year.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's awesome! I read three of those entries. Will vote now.

Chris Fries said...

Congratulations to the six finalists! I read a ton of great entries - I know it was hard picking only six out of all them! Thanks Cherie for hosting this!

Tara Tyler said...

thanks for the inspiration! met some new people & had a blast! hee hee!

DL Hammons said...

Way to go finalist! It is so hard to choose a favorite, but I'll do my best. :)

Jake DeTrempe said...

Congrats to the finalists! This was my first blogfest and I had a blast! It was so worthwhile to connect to other bloggers and see their work! Casting my vote now!

Sylvia van Bruggen said...

Good luck to the finalists!!! Wonderful stories

Michael Pierce said...

Congratulations to the finalists! I just voted. Thanks Cherie for hosting this Blogfest, it was a blast! :)

Julie said...

Congratulations to the finalists! I can imagine how hard it was for you to choose, I saw so many wonderful entries.
Congrats on 500 followers too, that's awesome!

Heather Murphy said...

Congratulations to the finalists and thanks again for such a fun Blogfest.
I had a similar experience at "T" above and I plan to do more writing in the future because of my experience here.

Heather Murphy said...

Congratulations to the finalists and thanks again for such a fun Blogfest.
I had a similar experience at "T" above and I plan to do more writing in the future because of my experience here.

Allison said...

Wow, I am honoured to be a finalist! Thanks so much!! There were some fantastic entries, and I had a great time reading them. It is also wonderful to get writing again. Thanks for hosting this!

Allison (Geek Banter)

Donna B. McNicol said...

HUGE congrats to the finalists...I'm having a really hard time choosing between two. Off the read them both again. This was fun!! Thanks, Cherie.

Amy L. Sonnichsen said...

Yay for the finalists! I must admit, I missed reading most of these in the first round. Thanks for all the time you took on this blog hop, Cherie!

Rek said...

Congrats to the winners...I had fun writing and reading.

Christine Rains said...

Congratulations to all the finalists! There were so many really good ones this year. It was so much fun!

Julie DeGuia said...

Congrats to all the finalists! Fun to see the voting progressing.

Thanks Cherie for hosting this - it was my first blog hop and I had a lot of fun!

DC said...

Congrats to the finalists! And, many thanks to all that read my entry and left comments. It was a fun contest!

Jennifer said...

Congrats to the finalists. I really liked writing my story, and I loved reading what others came up with.

Medeia Sharif said...

It's so exciting to be up there. Thank you for hosting this blogfest, Cherie.

Laura said...

Congratulations to all of the finalists! I've voted :)

Leslie Rose said...

Yay for the finalists.

DeniseCovey _L_Aussie said...

Hi Cherie. This was a great idea. I've voted.

Denise

Nas said...

Good Luck to all the finalists. I just voted!