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