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July 25, 2016

Twisted Tales 2016 announcement

Filed under: Twisted Tales,Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 12:54 pm
Raging Aardvark Publishing is delighted to announce this years line up for Twisted Tales Flash Fiction Anthology. After enormous deliberation, we have ‘twisted the rules’ given the incredible stories submitted. Normally the top 12 are published, however, we could not separate some of the stories and feel these top stories deserve to be published.
Congratulations to all.
Mystery Mail by Jodie How
Norfolk by Christopher Stanley
Retail Therapy by Keith Gillison
Children’s Games by Alyson Faye
Coming Undone by Epiphany Ferrell
The Note by John Holland
Pumpkin by Jon Stubbington
Boxed In by Emily Forster
Scatterlings by Carleton Chinner
The Third Sphere by Lindsay McLeod
The Light Below by Paul Gray
Caroom! by E. W. Farnsworth
Coming Home by Joy Manne
Community Service by Susan Howe
Peoples Choice Story ( chosen by a wide range of readers) was Mystery Mail by Jodie How.
Judges Choice Story (was a very difficult one to agree on, given the quality ) was Mystery Mail by Jodie How.
Publication is expected in mid November.
Leading up to publication, interviews with the authors, will be posted here every week.

July 15, 2016

Sneak Preview on scores and votes for Twisted Tales

Filed under: Writing Tools — Annie Evett @ 12:20 am

This years entries for Twisted Tales, celebrating Flash Fiction as a form has not disappointed the judges.

Raging Aardvark Publishing runs two separate competitions to select the best Flash Fiction to publish in its annual anthology. Peoples Choice relys on votes from readers to select the favourite story. It is honoured as the first story in the printed anthology. In the past, it has utilised etherbooks as its publishing platform to reach a wide audience. This year, all of the stories were loaded onto this site and links shared amongst networks, with votes collected through Survey Monkey.

Organisers were delighted to see nearly 500 votes register, making the final count very close. In the end, Mystery Mail, written by Jodie How was voted as the crowd favourite.

Close runners up were The Third Sphere by Lindsey McLeod and Plasma Rifle Etiquette By Heather Harris McFarlane.

Without disclosing actual numbers of votes or in an particular order, these stories were also in the readers popularity race:

Caroom! by Wilson Engel

Mirror by Catherine Russell

Sky by Kate Murray

The F Word by Keith Gillison

Coming Home by Joy Manné

Coming Undone by Epiphany Ferrell

Community Service by Susan Howe

Flexible Flyer by Kate Abbott

It Would be a Waste by Wondra Vanian

Pumpkin by Jon Stubbington

Retail Therapy by Keith Gillison

The Light Below by Paul Gray

The Note by John Holland

Room 14 by Walburga Appleseed

On a more serious note, stories are read several times by a panel of experienced judges and then marked via a strict matrix. The final line up of stories to be published is still undergoing judges scrutiny; however we can reveal the top three scoring stories. Congratulations!

The top 3 scoring flash fiction

1. Mystery Mail by Jodie How

2. Norfolk by Christopher Stanley

3. Retail Therapy by Keith Gillison

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