Flash Friday: Baker’s Dozen: The Results

Public Domain Photo, Photographer: Peggy Greb

Last week I hosted my first writing contest on Creative Procrastination. While Baker’s Dozen attracted a lot of attention only a few brave souls dared to enter. Perhaps a thirteen word story is simply too intimidating for most writers. Well, not for these master wordsmiths!  A Baker’s Dozen Flash Fiction writing contest was scheduled to run for two full weeks but yesterday as I approved the thirteenth entry I thought, how fitting, thirteen words, thirteen entries, a perfect Baker’s Dozen. A small panel of readers and writers were brought together to judge the entries. They were looking for stories that gave them a complete picture, made them think beyond the thirteen words, or simply made them smile. So without further ado, here are the top three entries in no particular order:

Burn by LaMishia Allen

Match tossed, she slid sunglasses on her smiling face and watched it burn.

LaMishia Allen is a writer whose talents with prose are matched only by her natural abilities as a gifted photographer. She is the author of five novels and spends much of her time devoted to encouraging others to put pen to paper as a Municipal Liaison for National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo). To learn more about LaMishia, visit LaMishia Allen Photography.

No Problem by Kent Warren

I did lots of these in Afghanistan. See, we just cut this red…

Kent Warren lives with his wife, Karin on five beautiful acres in southwest Washington. In addition to being a loving husband, father, and grandfather of three, he is a skilled builder, master inventor, expert marksman, true patriot, and a very talented writer. He is currently working on his first novel. Look for his short story Backwoods to be featured in next week’s installment of Flash Friday on Creative Procrastination.

Shaggy Dog by Donna Parkman

Shaggy dog.
Rubber ball
tossed aloft
hits the wall
rolls around.
Happy hound.

Donna Parkman and her husband live on a 20 acre farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and own a llama trekking business, Twin Creeks Llamas. In addition to being a small business owner, she also designs and sells jewelry and fiber arts at her online Etsy shop.   Although she doesn’t consider herself a “writer” her stories of life on the farm at Twin Creeks Musings beg to differ.

Congratulations LaMishia, Kent and Donna! To all those who entered I extend my sincere gratitude and respect for taking the challenge and putting yourselves out there. I loved each and every entry! Here they are again in no particular order. Enjoy!

Elom Bell can by followed on Twitter at zczombies.
He had longed for so long. When he asked her… “Yes” she said.

Janet Ng can be found promoting her uncle’s writings at The Starting Point.
This is the best “morning” of my life because the day is new!

David A. Rollins writes Thrilling Novels of Supernatural Suspense.
With caring eyes she took my heart in her hands to hold forever.

Su is a warrior princess writer filled with lyrical pictorial poetic expression. Find her at SoulFamine
Her grimy hands searched through the bakery garbage for stale spread tossed outside.

Jacki Newbery can be found reading and reviewing at A(nother) Year In Reviews.
Seconds to spare, she hit enter. The final entry of the night complete.

Josette is on a quest to find that fine line between truth and fairytale at Quinland.
A bread baker’s dozen pleases only the first six in the sandwich line.

Savannah Renee is a photographer and writer of an eclectic collection of stories, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Find her at learn to still and Picture Me a Story.
Toilet paper shredded. Shoelaces chewed. Water glass spilled. Happy kitten takes a nap.

Mrs. Darsie is riding the chaos of a creative, fiber filled, love topped life at Mrs. Darsie’s Menagerie.
She knelt and she wept. Pain moved through her like a lonely ghost.

modestypress musings can be found at Vanity Press and if I beg maybe he’ll share a link to his new blog! Update: I begged and he obliged! Collapse of Civilization
Six kids from each to the new marriage. Now one in the oven.

Melanie Hooyenga is a writer & designer. Visit Hoosblog when a regular blog just won’t do.
Eyes closed. Count to ten. Yet the anger continues to burn my soul.


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

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