Ligonier Valley Writers to Perform Winning Flash Fiction Stories

An eminently practical woman finds that a gossamer-winged,

magic-wielding fairy has invaded her home. How will she cope?

Find out at a performance of the stories that won

Ligonier Valley Writers' fourteenth annual Flash Fiction Contest.

You are cordially invited to attend a reading of the winning stories on Saturday, October 26, beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the café at Craftique Collections (770 E. Pittsburgh St, Greensburg). The event is free and open to the public. Don't miss a single pounding heartbeat!

This year's topic is fairies and/or elves. Several of the winning entries come from authors who have entered the contest in the past, showing that practice makes perfect.

After the readings we have a special guest this year. Linda Ciletti has written a trilogy about Faerie and the fae: Faerie Dust, Faerie Knights, and Faerie Dreams. She also maintains several fairy avatars in online virtual worlds. She'll discuss both experiences and what she's learned about the Fair Folk.

Linda has generously donated a copy of Faerie Dust, which we'll raffle off to raise money for future Flash Fiction contests.

You can also visit with the winning writers and get their autographs. Books by local authors, including Phantom Detectives at Risk, are available for purchase at the Book Nook at Craftique. It's the fourth anthology in a series. The Phantom Detectives anthologies are published by the Greensburg Writers Group as a fundraiser for Ligonier Valley Writers.

Enjoy the best new Halloween stories for free, hear from a fae author, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping, all in one place. Scare up some friends and join us.


First Place ($50 prize): "The Fairy Affair" by Candace Kubinec of Greensburg

Second Place ($25 prize): "Elf Reliance" by Jim Busch of White Oak

Third Place ($15 prize): "The Subtle Refrain of Adulation" by Vicki Thomas of Johnstown

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by author):

"Splitrock" by Jack Harris of Wisconsin; "A Simple Errand" by Mike Podgor of Cleveland, Ohio;

and "No One's Child" by Barbara Purbaugh of South Bend, Indiana

All the winning authors will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Ligonier Valley Writers, a professional edit of their stories, publication at the LVW website, and a chance to perform their winning story aloud. The first, second, and third place winners will also receive cash prizes. Our celebrity judge this year was Damian Dressick, a much-published author of flash and other fiction who has also taught flash fiction writing at Pitt and other universities. Damian says, "Although many of the stories offered readers glimpses of surprising and sometimes sinister worlds, 'The Fairy Affair' wraps its mischief in delightful humor and provides readers with a complete story in less than 1,000 words."

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