Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Short Story and Audiobook Contest Winners


I had almost 600 entries in my Flash Fiction Crime Story Contest, and about 500 in the Audiobook Contest.

I read every entry, but because there were so many I can't reply personally to everyone.

I will say that there were many outstanding stories. Many of the flash fiction pieces are publishable. And many of the folks begging for audiobooks brought a smile to my face or a tear to my eye. Thanks to all who took the time to enter!

If you didn't win, that does NOT mean you aren't a good writer or a worthy person. My personal taste is exactly that---personal. If I had the funds to make you all winners, I would. The competition was tough.

For those who don't win, you can still get a free download of BLOODY MARY at on December 23 (see my blog entry below for more info.)

The envelopes please...

  • A BLOODY MARY audio cassette goes to Mike Heppe.
  • A BLOODY MARY audio casstette goes to Steve Shrott
  • A BLOODY MARY audio MP3 goes to Patsy Cavender
  • A BLOODY MARY audio CD goes toToni Gibson
Again, thanks all who entered! Email me your addresses so I can mail you your freebies.

500 Word Flash Fiction Crime Story Contest Winners

There were so many good entries it came down to me trying to choose apples over oranges. I wound up picking four winners rather than three as I did for previous contests.

I can't stress how hard this was to judge. What made these four stand out above the others was their last lines. A lot of stories ended well, but these were the four best.

FOURTH PLACE - Jeff Greene for his story LESSONS. You win a signed paperback copy of WHISKEY SOUR.

THIRD PLACE - Margaret B. Davidson for her story POLLY PUT THE KETTLE ON. You win a signed paperback copy of WHISKEY SOUR and a signed Ellery Queen magazine.

SECOND PLACE - Don Hornbostel for his story DEATH CHEER. You win a signed copy of BLOODY MARY.

FIRST PLACE - James Viscosi for his story COLD TURKEY. You win $50, a signed copy of BLOODY MARY, and a character named after you in my fourth book, DIRTY MARTINI.

Congrats! I need you folks to email me with your addresses, so I can get your prizes out to you.

Thanks to all who entered---it has been quite an experience judging these contests.

New contests coming in 2006. Keep an eye on for details.

Happy Holidays!


  1. Can we read the winners somewhere?

    Thanks for letting me know, I had wondered whatever happened to that contest...? :D

  2. Hey J.A!

    Can you post the winners? I'd be really interested to read what Flash Fiction looks like.


  3. Congrats to the winners! 600 entries. Wow. That is a lot of competition - so the winners deserve even more credit.

  4. Ha! I bet you picked that James Viscosi guy because he has a cool name for a villain. :)

  5. Winning entries have been linked to on the CONTEST page of my website.


  6. What? No top twenty like last time?


    (Just time, you'll probably have double as many entries...)


Thanks for the comment! Joe will get back to you eventually. :)