And the Winners Are…

January 17th, 2022


Lord have mercy, what a contest!

Some of our finest flash fictionateering, ever,
ending in a three way tie for both prizes,
decided by the Fan Vote.

Not one to Waste Time, the Winners are:

the grand prize
“Casket Suite” by James Dorr

and runner-up
“Storm Surge” by Laurinda Lind


Yes indeed, a three way tie for both prizes.
The top contenders by judge votes were
“Clouds” by Ilhamul Azam, along with “Casket Suite” and “Storm Surge”.
As you may recall, a draw is decided by the Fan Vote:

“The Toll” by Stephen Page
won the Fan Favorite vote with over 30% of the 228 votes,
followed by
“Casket Suite” by James Dorr
with over 15%.

Of the top contenders, “Casket Suite had the most votes,
followed by “Storm Surge” by Laurinda Lind with almost 14%.


Thus, our winners.
View how the judges voted.



! It’s the 10th Anniversary of Defenestrationism !

We’re celebrating with an absurd amount of publishing–
so be sure to keep surfing through the rest of these cold winter months,
as Defenestrationism.net proudly presents

“Blood Run, a script “
by Chantelle Tibbs
(daily, January 18th through the 21st)

“Dude, Where’s the Washington Monument? The Real-Life Volume of Covid-Deaths”
by Jimmy Sprinkles
(January 23rd)

“The Seven Jewels”
by Rev. Joe Kelly
(thrice weekly, January 26th through February 23rd)

“Cornelius X’s Book of Bad  Dreams”
by Tom Ball
(thrice-weekly, February 25th through March 27th)



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Fan Voting is Close– so very close

January 13th, 2022

With 185 votes cast,
one of our finalists has a commanding
— yet not nearly insurmountable–
lead for Fan Favorite, while
the following two are only six votes apart.

The fourth, fifth and sixth contenders
are all within ten votes of each other,
and far from out of the Fan Favorite picture.

Vote early, vote often.
For time to ensure your favorites become winers
is running out.

Voting ends the stroke before midnight, Eastern, on the 15th.
!That’s this Saturday night!





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Blood Run script, day 3

January 12th, 2022

Join us thrice-weekly as we post new scenes from this production, written by Chantelle Tibbs– our Defenestrationism.net co-editor.


Check out the project and full script:
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Please support her project: https://gofund.me/e9a991c0

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Please support her project: https://gofund.me/e9a991c0








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Blood Run script, pt. 2

January 10th, 2022

Join us thrice-weekly as we post new scenes from this production, written by Chantelle Tibbs– our Defenestrationism.net co-editor.


Check out the project and full script:
https://defenestrationism.net/blood-run/


Please support her project: https://gofund.me/e9a991c0

Please support her project: https://gofund.me/e9a991c0
Please support her project: https://gofund.me/e9a991c0
Please support her project: https://gofund.me/e9a991c0
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Blood Run Script

January 7th, 2022

Join us thrice-weekly as we post new scenes from this production, written by Chantelle Tibbs– our Defenestrationism.net co-editor.

Check out the project and full script:
https://defenestrationism.net/blood-run/

Please support her project: https://gofund.me/e9a991c0

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Blood Run: a film by Jaszmin Kuhner & Chantelle Tibbs

January 5th, 2022

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Meet the Finalists of the 2022 FLASH SUITE Contest

January 1st, 2022

— Featuring —
Photos of the Authors’ Favorite Chair
(Click Here for Fan Voting)
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Douglas Cole has published six collections of poetry and The White Field, winner of the American Fiction Award. His work has appeared in several anthologies as well as journals such as The Chicago Quarterly Review, Poetry International, The Galway Review, Bitter Oleander, Chiron, Louisiana Literature, Slipstream, as well Spanish translations of work (translated by Maria Del Castillo Sucerquia) in La Cabra Montes. He is a regular contributor to Mythaixs, an online journal, https://mythaxis.com/?s=douglas+Cole. He has been nominated twice for a Pushcart and Best of the Net, received the Leslie Hunt Memorial Prize in Poetry and recently won the Editors’ Choice Award in Prose from RiverSedge literary journal. He lives and teaches in Seattle, Washington. His website is https://douglastcole.com/.

Annie Dawid’s fifth book, PUT OFF MY SACKCLOTH, was just published by The Humble Essayist Press and is available on Audible, read by the author.  It was a runner up in the Los Angeles Book Festival 2021 autobiography category.  Her poetry chapbook, ANATOMIE OF THE WORLD, was published in 2017 by Finishing Line Press.  Her three volumes of fiction are: York Ferry: A Novel, Cane Hill Press, 1993, second printing, winner of 2016 International Rubery Award in Fiction.  Lily in the Desert: Stories, Carnegie-Mellon University Press, 2001 And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family, Litchfield Review Press, 2009.

James Dorr specializes in dark fantasy/horror, with forays into mystery and science fiction.  His The Tears of Isis was a 2013 Bram Stoker Award® finalist for Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection, with his latest book, Tombs: A Chronicle of Latter-Day Times of Earth, a novel-in-stories from Elder Signs Press.  Dorr has been a technical writer, an editor on a regional magazine, a full time non-fiction freelancer, and a semi-professional musician.  He currently harbors a Goth cat named Triana, and counts among his major influences Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Allen Ginsberg, and Bertolt Brecht.

Ilhamul Azam is a young writer from Bangladesh. When he isn’t writing, he loves to write. He intends to portray literary traditions of modern Bengali literature through his writing.

When Stephen Page is not writing, reading, spending time with his spouse, communing with nature, or walking his dog, he is making noise with his electric bass. He loves accidentally on purpose losing his cell phone and dog-earing pages in books. He is part Apache, part Shawnee, part Mexican, part English, part Scottish, and part Irish. He graduated from Columbia U (magna cum laude & writing honors) and Bennington College. He has 4 books of poems, dozens of short stories, countless poems, essays, and literary criticisms published. He is the recipient of The Jess Cloud Memorial Prize for Poetry, a Writer-in-Residence from the Montana Artists Refuge, a Full Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, an Imagination Grant from Cleveland State University, a First Place Prize in Poetry from Bravura Magazine, and an Arvon Foundation Ltd. Grant.



Rachel Friedman has recently embarked on a career as a freelance writer. She has published a number of articles, most notably in the Hack Library School magazine. She lives in Southern California with her family.







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Happy New Year & Fan Voting

December 31st, 2021


Oh my, my, my–



Fan Voting for the 2022 FLASH SUITE Contest
starts in six minutes, as the poll opens at the stroke of
12:01 Eastern Standard Time.

At that time, you may vote here ,

and– whenever we get around to adding the link–
you may also vote
from our Retro Navigation Menu
<—————— here,
or somewheres nearby.




Thanks for surfing through,
all you fantastic Lovers of Literature.

We do this every year, so
remember us next time.



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Excellent Traffic for the 2022 FLASH SUITE Contest

December 31st, 2021


!What excellent traffic for our ongoing FLASH SUITE Contest!


READ THE FINALISTS, here.


In but the 30 days since our finalists were announced,
Defenestrationism.net has received 4,252 hits from 1,720 unique IPs,
for a daily average of 140 visits.


That’s before Fan Voting even begins– and it’s bound to be a hot one,
so vote early and vote often.

Fan Voting starts one minute after the New Year,
and you need not sign in, register or share any information at’all.

However, one vote for your favorites won’t cut it–
last winter’s contest had almost 650 votes.
So vote early, vote often.



If you’re surfing through to check our

Lengthy Poem Contest

then you have but mere hours left to submit your polished work,
until it is no longer January 1st, anywhere on Earth.



Our recent traffic numbers have also had a boost from two external links to one of our favorite special publications,

Tara Campbell’s “Angels and Blueberries

— one link is from the Reedsy.com blog entry on Flash Fiction,
and another from schoology.net —

so congrats to Tara, her work on Defenestrationism.net is both being studied by elementary school students and aspired to by professional writers.


I wonder which she’s most proud of?


And how ’bout you, dear Lovers of Literature–
which would your wildest literary ambitions prefer?




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The Mage-Smith Makes a Collar: Collar

December 30th, 2021

by Rachel Friedman
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Collar

The woman came back to his forge on the first day of the following month, clutching a brown leather purse and wearing an even more elaborate cloak as a disguise. Paul was not surprised.

“Is the collar ready?” she asked. She sounded nervous and happy about the prospect.

“Yes,” Paul said, with an odd note to his voice.

“What is it?” the woman demanded.

“People are always told that magic will always give you what you’ve requested, if it is worked correctly,” Paul said, in the same strange tone. “I am a very good mage-smith, and what you asked for was what I have made. You should have listened to the tales.”

“What do you mean?” the woman said. There was an edge to her voice.

“There are many types of things that can be called foul, that can be twisted against their nature.” Paul smiled grimly. “There are such things as human beasts, you know. I understand that you are angry that your cousin inherited the family seat and title instead of you, Lady Glyde, but that still does not mean that you are permitted to kill him. Not even if he had a magical accident as a child.”

Lady Glyde’ s purse fell from her nerveless fingers. Her cloak flew off in her flight, revealing a handsome fair-haired lady, whose rather stern face was distorted by sudden terror. That was all that Paul had time to see before she had vanished through the smithy door. There was a strange ringing sound, and the collar that he had just finished forging rose up into the air and followed her. There was a brief, horrified scream and then silence.

Paul sat down on his bench and tried not to shake. He had been a mage-smith long enough to know what he would find when he finally walked outside, but that didn’t mean that he would like it. The tales warned you to be careful of what you asked for. Why did so few people listen?






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