Shortlist

Contest – 2020-Flash-04 – Home

Over 120 Story Submissions

35 Stories selected for the Shortlist and Amazon Kindle book

Our Voice Team had a hard time choosing just three winners!  Here are some of the criteria we used to choose the best of the best:

  • Enticing opening
  • Vivid descriptions
  • Use of literary devices
  • Level of vocabulary
  • Stylistic consistency
  • Inferred background
  • Unique approach to “home”
  • Memorable ending
  • Poetic language
  • Telling old truths in new ways
  • Stories that leave us wanting more
Congratulations to the writers whose stories made the shortlist!
  • If two stories were equally good, the one with an image was selected.
  • All selected stories were formatted and edited for publishing in our Amazon Kindle book.
  • Voice.club Staff will select the Grand Winner from the shortlist.
  • Public voting will select 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners.
  • Check your My Account page to watch your likes and credits accumulate!
  • There’s a like button at the bottom of each story.  Each “like” = 1 vote.
  • Each selected story has its own link to share on social media.
  • Encourage your friends, family, and fans, to vote for your story.
(All Prizes and Rewards are only paid out via Amazon Gift Cards)

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  • Grand Prize (Staff Pick) – $50 Amazon Gift Card
  • First prize (Public Voting) – $25 Amazon Gift Card
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2020-Flash-04 – “Home”

Most of us have been spending all of our time at home during this global pandemic lockdown, so this is a subject many of us know all too well!  Now’s your chance to write about a topic as old as mankind, yet newly experienced during these challenging times.
For our current “Flash Fiction” contest, we invite you to write a story that features home.  Is home a place of refuge?  A memory?  Something longed for?  How do your characters think of home and what stories do they tell?
Good luck!
 

Double-check your story against the rules below, and make all corrections BEFORE you send!  Multiple entries of the same story will be disqualified.

Ensure your entry follows these rules:
  • Correct length (350 words or less)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
Include some reference to the concept of “Home”
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Bait

It takes a real talent to tell a story in ...
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Endure and Sing

Inspirational piece. Am glad you picked the rat to be ...
  • 7 months ago by Leena Auckel

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Endure and Sing

Such a sweet tale – and with a good moral ...
  • 7 months ago by Fuji

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Endure and Sing

Wow! This is a good story! Really good to read ...
  • 7 months ago by Lyric The Great

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Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, it really does add an extra dimension to ...
  • 6 months ago by Eric Radcliffe

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Endure and Sing

In my neighboring country Denmark, we have the classical storyteller ...
  • 6 months ago by Christer Norrlof

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Endure and Sing

A really nice one with a wonderful story line. I ...
  • 7 months ago by Thompson Emate

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Endure and Sing

A beautiful story! I was reminded of seeing Paul Potts ...
  • 7 months ago by Sandra James

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Endure and Sing

Your story inspired me to keep going no matter how ...
  • 7 months ago by musing mind

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Endure and Sing

Thank you so much for the feedback! I pray that ...
  • 7 months ago by Katy Bizi

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Endure and Sing

Thank you for taking the time to comment and convey ...
  • 7 months ago by Katy Bizi

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Endure and Sing

Hi Katy, don’t we all feel like the rat in ...
  • 8 months ago by Eric Radcliffe

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Vows

I must admit it was the picture of the church, ...
  • 9 months ago by Fuji

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The Fisherman and the Sea

A good story with a strong message. The time has ...
  • 29 days ago by Paramita Guha Naskar

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The Fisherman and the Sea

It is giving me great joy to read such beautiful ...
  • 1 month ago by Dipayan Chakrabarti

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Voice.club 2020 Year In Review – OPEN

The New Year has always been a time for reflection, ...
  • 3 months ago by Eric Radcliffe

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Endure and Sing

I wish all of us were more like this little ...
  • 3 months ago by Mary Kot

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Endure and Sing

I’m really glad to hear that! Leena Auckel did an ...
  • 5 months ago by Katy Bizi

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A Magical Tour

Lovely story, Leena. There really is nothing more magical than ...
  • 7 months ago by Carrie OLeary

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Afterlife

Beautiful Emilia, my eyes are a little misty after reading ...
  • 7 months ago by Sandra James

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