Southern belle with a story to tell. Refreshing iced tea served after literary punches thrown.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

 The Envelope Please...

It was a difficult decision for our illustrious judges, whom we shall soon unmask, but amidst toil, sweat, and different time zones, they have chosen our winners!  Words such as "well-written, evocative, and enticing" describe some of the winning entries and believe me...these judges took their jobs quite seriously.  What can I say?  We had fantastic writers enter the "Spring Into Action" Flash Fiction Contest.

All of our entrants deserve a standing ovation and round of applause!  This one's for you.


This was the first contest on Soul and Sweet Tea, and its goals were to a) get my fellow writers inspired to write and create while having fun at the same time and b) celebrate this new blog!  Indeed we will do another contest in the near future, and somehow I promise to make it even more fun for all to enter.  It'll take more brain power, hand-wringing and pots of caffeinated tea to accomplish this lofty goal, but I'm up for the challenge.


So now, without further adieu or unnecessary hype, the unveiling of the
Final Four!

Okay, so there IS a little bit of additional hype, being that Thumper the bunny is going to open the golden envelope, but here goes...



Honorable Mentions, a.k.a. the silver medalists, 
the runners-up, and winners of the
 coveted mugs are...

Olivia Kelly
and 
Laura Renegar 

That leaves but the spot at the top. 

The gold medal.  The champion.  And I could insert an awesome, but over-used song by Queen here, but instead I choose this pic of Shaun White.  He invented the double McTwist at the Olympics, and our winning writers here tried the literary version of the same stunt in 200 words or less.

Shaun White celebrates his epic win at the Olympics, his two arms up in victory,
after nailing the double McTwist!
Usually one victor stands on the tallest step, however today the tiny step shall be shared by TWO champions, who we hope shall not elbow-jab one another, but instead play nicely while sharing the top spot...

And the writers sharing this tiny space are...

Terri Bruce
and
Revo

Winners of the Open Books package and even more mugs!

Buy/read/donate to www.open-books.org  !

And now the unveiling of our judges, two dangerous pen-wielding men with minds built for lee-tra-chure and mayhem! I thank both of these wonderful and talented men for taking the time to judge this event.

Meet our first judge, Speechwriterguy, who can be found with the same name on the twitter via the matrix!  

Speechwriter Guy, the man behind the
Red Pen Of Doom  and contributing editor to Criminal Element
and The Big Thrill
He's a reformed journalist. Scribbler of speeches and whatnot. Was contributing editor to the New York Times' about.com  as their expert on publicity and scandals. Now contributing editor to Criminal Element and The Big Thrill and wrote a thriller that was finalist for some award. Can also be found at his silly blog, www.redpenofdoom.com . 

All kinds of bio nonsense: http://redpenofdoom.com/about/.

If you would like to receive some feedback about your entry, give him a friendly tweet.


And now meet our second judge, who carefully read the entries from thousands of miles away, on the other side of the globe, and was (Surprise! You didn't see this coming at all did you?)recently interviewed on our blog, the best-selling thriller writer, Roger Smith!

"Thanks for inviting me to judge, it was great fun."

All the best,
Roger

Roger Smith's thrillers MIXED BLOOD, WAKE UP DEAD and DUST DEVILS are published in seven languages and two are in development as movies in the U.S. His books have won the DEUTSCHER KRIMI PREIS (German Crime Fiction Award) and been nominated for SPINETINGLER MAGAZINE BEST NOVEL awards. His fourth novel, CAPTURE, will be out in mid-2012.  Want to know more about Roger?  Click on links below.





~Let's do this again soon.  All honorable mentions and winners please send me your names and addresses so you can get the cool prize(s).  Also, if you'll be so kind, take a digital photo of yourself mugging with your mug (and books if you're sharing the top spot) and a few lines telling us about yourself, and I'll feature you alongside your winning work of flash-fiction on the blog.

12 comments:

Kela McClelland said...

YAY! Congrats to the winners and honorable mentions. And applause to everyone who entered, there were some great entries. Awesome contest Joey :)

Joey Francisco said...

I think next time we'll do a flash fiction contest but have the winner chosen by maybe a random number generator? That way we can see how darn creative our posts can get in 200 words or less.

We're here to elevate one another. This contest was tough because there were such outstanding entries.

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