“Almost an Inkling” Flash Fiction Contest Week 1 Winners!

magical_door_by_danielgnomesClick over to the contest home page to watch a video in which I talk about the winners and to download a .pdf of the winning entries!

Week 1 was:

Through Mysterious Doors
This week, we entered the world of microfiction with stories of up to 333 words that involved portals into other realms. Our writers took a character through some kind of gateway or past some threshold into a secondary world unlike our own.

Eugene Sullivan, “The Stairwell”

Brenton Dickieson, “One Step Into Dawn”

doorPOPULAR WINNER (tied):
Olivia Jakobitz, “Through the Porthole”

Cheryl Cardoza, “Fairy Rings”

Anne Whitver, “Never Trust a Clock”

Laura Crouse, “Lot’s Wife”

Here are links to some other works that didn’t win, but you might enjoy reading them:






About Sørina Higgins

Sørina Higgins is a PhD student in English and Presidential Scholar at Baylor University. She also serves as Chair of the Language and Literature Department at Signum University, online. Her latest publication is an academic essay collection on "The Inklings and King Arthur" (Apocryphile Press, December 2017). Her interests include British Modernism, the Inklings, Arthuriana, theatre, and magic. She holds an M.A. from Middlebury College’s Bread Loaf School of English. Sørina blogs about British poet Charles Williams at The Oddest Inkling, wrote the introduction to a new edition of Williams’s "Taliessin through Logres" (Apocryphile, 2016), and edited Williams’s "The Chapel of the Thorn" (Apocryphile, 2014). As a creative writer, Sørina has published two books of poetry, "The Significance of Swans" (2007) and "Caduceus" (2012).
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15 Responses to “Almost an Inkling” Flash Fiction Contest Week 1 Winners!

  1. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Congratulations! (I’m glad I didn’t have to be a real judge – I’d probably be brooding for ages, all I read (I didn’t manage all 62 – if that was the final count) being so enjoyable in their strikingly different ways!

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  2. Reblogged this on A Pilgrim in Narnia and commented:
    “It’s a race! It’s a race! I’m weeing! I’m weening!”
    Well, it isn’t a race, but I’m pleased to say that I’m one of those that were picked by popular vote in the “Almost an Inkling Writing Contest!” New prompt is up this week; the hint is “a One Minute Mystery.” You should check it out!

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  3. David says:

    I love this contest! I’m a notoriously slow writer, but I tend to do better under the panic of a near deadline, clear rules, and an attractive company of writers and readers to share with. I’m so glad you liked “Mud,” and even moreso that you honored my good friend Anne’s story about not trusting clocks. As soon as I read her entry I sent her an email raving about how I loved it. I haven’t read many of this week’s submissions yet, but I expect another excellent batch of treats for the imagination.

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  5. Reblogged this on Liturgical Credo and commented:
    Check out the “Almost an Inkling” Flash Fiction Contest, Week 1:


  6. sdorman2014 says:

    thank you much. the event is fun! i’m tickled to read entries…haven’t time to read all: you are a wonder! a great abundance for mythgard, hopeful. on the question of licensing, i wondered what winners can do with entries afterward.


  7. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    Thanks for encouraging the ‘second chances’ to (re)read!


  8. David Llewellyn Dodds says:

    More haste, less speed… Just hastily mucked up Week 4 submission – according to specifications on main page, but then noticed more elaborate and very different specifications on submission-form-page. What’s up? Which ones apply? The submission-form-page ones? If so, how do we count the days with respect to the dates?


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