Another great week with some exciting new entries!

This week's authors included:
@WakefieldMahon
@ModernBard1024
@caramichaels
@Rowanwolf66
@SweetSheil
@SiobhanMuir
@DavidALudwig
@solimond

Check out all of the stories here!

A huge thanks to judge @rastrohman

Results

Honorable Mention
Cara Michaels
It seemed like a typical sacrificial offering, but reading that his mother was saving Aisling was brilliant. Love it!

Winner
Stacy Bennett-Hoyt
Totally didn't see that coming, and a great story all around. It had a Stand By Me feel to it!

The Winning Story

Every year, we remember the sacrifice – my buddies and I. And I don’t have to write it on my calendar to remember it, even now almost forty years later. I can't say that I remember much of my youth anymore, but that day – February 27, 1973 – is forever branded on my soul.

 
Sorry about last week folks, but we're back and ready to roll.

The Judge

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Our returning judge is the winner from the last Motivation Monday competition, Ryan Strohman. Check out  his website

"I’m an author of two ebooks, Project Utopia and Paradox, that could be classified as Sci Fi Techno Action Thrillers.  I enjoy working out (martial arts, running, and weightlifting), but I also eat too much.  I work as an IT Manager for an employee benefits consulting firm.  I also own a side business, Strohman Technology Consulting Services, that specializes in small-business and residential technology consulting and computer services.  I am married to a wonderful lady named Lisa, and we have a two-year-old little devil named Adam.  I’ve been getting hooked lately on #FlashFiction.  Oh yeah, I’m pretty awesome."

The Prompt

Every year, we remember the sacrifice.
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  1. The story must start from the prompt.  This means the prompt must be the first words in the story.
  2. No more than 500 words (not including the prompt).  No less than 100 words.
  3. Any genre (in fact an unexpected genre will get you more points.)
  4. Entries must be submitted by Tuesday Noon EST
  5. The winner of each week's competition will be invited to judge the following week and post the winner's badge similar to the one on the right.
  6. Have fun!

 
I love the opportunity to host a veritable anthology every week.  

Great stories this week from
@ModernBard1024
@rastrohman
@etcet
@ChuckWesJ
@solimond
@klingorengi

Check them all out here.

A big thanks to judge @LupusAnthropos

The Results

In the judges own words:

Honourable Mention #2: @ChuckWesJ - Just don't tell Bubba.

Honourable Mention #1: @klingorengi - Since his MC won't be working with the GSPOT he wanted for tonight.

Winner: @rastrohman - For initially making me think of Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery" (http://www.classicshorts.com/stories/lotry.html) but really spinning it in quite a different way.

Thank you to everyone who entered and especially to Wakefield for hosting #MotivationMonday and for his patience in waiting for my decision when I was out at the time the competition closed.

The Winning Story

What a way to spend that special day. The children were all ecstatic, dancing around, gripping their balloons with chocolate-covered hands, faces that bore smiles as wide as oceans. Electrofiddlers played their tunes, frenetic yet rhythmic notes that forced even the elderly to dance. The entire district had converged upon the square, where the newly born babies were about to be revealed to the public.

Quen stood amongst the group in this strange land, watching the festival. He’d heard little of what this was all about since arriving. He hadn’t expected everything to be so quaint, especially given the rumors.

 
This week's prompt was originally going to be "Voullez vous couchez avec moi", but I worried that might be too limiting.  Keeping in line with the Valentine's theme, this week gives you an opportunity to explore "special days".

The Judge

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Last week's winner and this week's judge is my favorite lycan, Lupus Anthropus, a regular on the Flash Fiction scene.  Check out his work at http://fulmoj.wordpress.com/

The Prompt

What a way to spend that special day

The Rules

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Another week of great entries from some of my favorite contestants and some new shining stars!

@ModernBard1024
@ghunibee
@SweetSheil
@LupusAnthropos
@solimond
@SiobhanMuir
@rastrohman

Read all of their amazing stories here.  Now lets get to the results!

Honorable Mention

__@rastrohman:
[His] reverse twist on pandhandling, while a bit brusque, does set things up adroitly.
@solimond
Nellie added a bit of flair to what started out as a familiar transvestite hooker encounter (my neighborhood is like this)

The Winner

_@LupusAnthropos
[For his] O. Henry story of getting his ass saved by happenstance

The Winning Story

_"Help a brother out?"

Andy was already having a bad day; he didn't need panhandlers asking him for money. Usually, he would have walked past beggars without even looking, but he was feeling different today. This morning, his truck had died and his credit application for a new one had been rejected.

 
Everyone has needs, a little love, a little hope a little faith.  Maybe they want a cigarette or money for a coffee or breakfast, but traveling through Union Station every day you are sure to hear this week's prompt at least a few times a day.

The Judge

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_ This week's judge is a #MotivationMonday Veteran equally comfortable in front of a set of weights or high tech gadgets and video games, he's also a heck of a writer.  The inimitable Rafe B, please take a moment to check out his website and show him some love.

The Prompt

Help a brother out?

The Rules

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  1. The story must start from the prompt.  This means the prompt must be the first words in the story.
  2. No more than 500 words (not including the prompt).  No less than 100 words.
  3. Any genre (in fact an unexpected genre will get you more points.)
  4. Entries must be submitted by Tuesday Noon EST
  5. The winner of each week's competition will be invited to judge the following week and post the winner's badge similar to the one on the right.
  6. Have fun!