RESULTS OF THE 2016
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE ($1,000):
"Stolen Memories"
by Timothy Jay Smith

SECOND PRIZE ($100):
"Porcelain Prison"
by Michelle Cox

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 each):
"Jane Bond" by Sarah Marie Kosch
"Blood Drive" by Chris Callard
"The Closet Artist" by Phylis Campbell Dryden
"Circulation" by Sara A. Lewis

NOTABLE STORIES:
"I've Been Blind" by Vicky Santiesteban
"Regret" by Jason E. Gillikin
"Past the Pines" by Emily A. Beston
"Where Are We Going?" by Phyllis Reilly
"Bernadette" by Cara Suglich
"Anansi" by Sally Toner
"Top Hat" by ERA
"The Young Lion" by Diane de Anda

To all entrants: Thank you! It was an honor to read your work. Thanks
also to our
staff of wonderful readers. Watch for the opening of our eighth
annual Short Story Contest in late December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2016
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

GRAND PRIZE ($1,000):
"Small Onya"
by Laura Lovic-Lindsay

SECOND PLACE ($100):
"Coin Tricks & Other War Tactics"
by Richard Squires

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 each):
"The Crying Woman" by Barbara Boehm Miller
"Cases Like This" by Ray Busler
"The Memory of Miriam" by Kelly Glass

NOTABLE STORIES:
"Wild Notes" by Kathryn Williams
"Sun Face" by Norma Connor
"Turning the Page" by Gloria Whelan
"Cresc." by Anna Hundert
"Odibil" by Todd Reppert
"Magic Hair" by Shanteé Felix
"Refugees" by Teresa Burns Gunther
"Me 'n' Axl" by V. Joseph Racanelli

Thanks to all who entered. We LOVED reading your stories! Thanks also
to our talented
staff who helped find the gems and offered insightful
commentary. Look for our next Short Story Contest toward the end of
December. And keep writing!

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2015
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

GRAND PRIZE ($1,000):
"When the Bees Come Back"
by Ashley Morrow Hermsmeier

SECOND PLACE ($100):
"The Abbey"
by Kirsten Steen

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 each):
"Performance" by Robert Morgan Fisher
"A Swim Lesson" by Maria Judnick
"The Top Floor" by George Buelow
"Regret" by Nancy Ludmerer

NOTABLE STORIES:
"The Butcher" by Dakota Snow
"Knockoff Miracles" by Sarah Krenicki
"Cora" by Pam Goldman
"Ten Thousand Joys, Ten Thousand Sorrows" by Jody Callahan
"The Headhunter" by Alexandra Vadarlis
"Bell Tower" by William J. McIlwain
"Morosa" by Phylis Campbell Dryden

To all entrants: Thank you for sharing your stories with us. So many of
them, in addition to the ones listed here, will stay with us for a long time.
Big thanks also to our amazing, enthusiastic
staff of readers who helped
us mine for gold.  Our next Flash Fiction Contest opens in April.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2015
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

Grand Prize:
“Everybody Shimmies Now”
by Drew Hardman ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
“Donor Number 2000-799”
by Yong Takahashi ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):

“The Luckiest Kids in the World” by Heather Whited
“Tidying Up” by Hilary Sloin
“Air Force Ones” by Lisa J. Sharon

Notable Stories:
“The Extent of Women’s Mercy” by Willonee Simone
“Letters for Dreamers, Nomads for Days” by Lauren Green
“The Regency Era” by Avee Chaudhuri
“Among These Very Trees” by Valerie Cumming
“The Lodger” by David Butler
“Black Skies” by  Patricia Kester
“Numerology” by Melanie Bishop
“Cog” by Eric J. Juneau

Watch for our next Short Story Contest in late December.

Thanks for entering! Thanks for reading!

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2014
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Grand Prize:
"
The Night My Father Danced Like Fred Astaire"
by E.E. King ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"
The Wormhole" by Keren Toledano ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):

"
A Strangulation" by Tara Carnevale
"
The Barber" by Sherry Morris
"
Uli" by Dana Reva De Greff
"
Lasting Formations" by Marcia Peck

Notable Stories:
"Tick, Thump" by Kat Hawthorne
"A Dinner of Import" by Justin Hudnall
"Soda and a Steak" by Shane Hall
"Salt Lake City, 1967, Snow" by Corrinne Clegg Hales
"The Tattoo Artist" by Sarah Sorensen
"The Wanted" by Rajni Gupta
"Favor for a Friend" by Cyrus Ahalt
"What Counts" by Frank Carden
"What We Learn" by John Estes

A man dreams he is dancing but wakes up paralyzed. Another man, shattered by
his wife's infidelity, searches for answers in a time warp he calls "a wave field
of possible outcomes." A wife held captive by a mass of surging, roaring ivy
plots her escape. A writer who poured his heart out for a fiction contest, but
whose phone does not ring, rises with the sun and begins anew.

A sincere Thank You to all who participated. Your stories will live on in our
hearts and minds.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2014
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

Grand Prize:
"
Patron Saint of the Confederacy"
by John Kachuba ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"
The Ola Dress" by Sandra Worsham ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):
"
Locked In" by Jeff Lyon
"
The Favor" by Jake Teeny
"
A Desert Prayer" by Sakina Fakhri
"
The Birdman" by David A. Pepper

Notable Stories:
"Gaza Journal" by Timothy Jay Smith
"The Spaceman" by Rebecca Mandelbaum
"Cold War Oddity" by Ray Adams
"Posslqs" by Paula Paige
"You Are Here" by Kate Kimball
"Dreams of August" by Andrew Stancek
"After Incus" by Emily Nemens
"Point of Entry" by Martha Clarkson
"Second Rate Love Is No Life" by Petra McQueen

To all entrants: Thank you for sharing your stories! We loved reading them.
They have enriched our souls. A special thanks to our incredible
staff of
readers who helped us find the gems.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2013
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Grand Prize:
"Home Be More Somethin'"
by Excell Hunter ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"Stretched"
by Michael Pearce ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):
"On Becoming Mrs. Robinson" by Cynthia Bombach
"Why I Built the Despair Ray" by Scott Russell Duncan
"Sparkly Thing" by Chip Houser
"Reagan's Switch from Boxers to Briefs" by S. Brady Tucker

Notable Stories:
"Every Night Brushing Hair" by Jeanne Althouse
"Preparations" by Debra A. Daniel
"Lake Shawmee" by Anton Frost
"Fire Witch" by Amanda Mack
"First Shift" by Claire Hawkins
"MacPhee" by Adrienne DiFranco
"Bronx Silo" by Annie Lanzillotto
"Without" by John Leo
"Bass Weather" by Michael Smith
"Chandra's New Clothes" by Belinda Erere
"Rampage to Morbidity" by Don Fred

To all entrants: Thanks so much for participating in our Flash Fiction Contest
this year. It was truly an honor to read your work and your stories brought us
much enjoyment. Thanks also to our wonderful
readers for their insight and
unflagging enthusiasm. Watch for our next Flash Fiction Contest in April or May.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2013
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

Grand Prize:
"As Clear as Water"
by Daryl Murphy ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"Rosewood"
by Kate Selker ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):
"In My Head" by Jody Callahan
"Blue Collar" by Aja Brooks
"Getting Your Goats: How to Navigate African Marriage Proposals"
by Laura Lee Huttenbach

Notable Stories:
"How I Found a Lover for My Wife" by Sophy Burnham
"Showboat" by Tia Clark
"Pieces of Light" by Rachel Shapiro
"The Color of Time" by Sharon Warner
"Army Brat" by Christina Gombar
"Favorites" by Cindy Rosmus
"In Her Sister's Shadow" by Hannah Onoguwe
"The Dirty Windows of Books" by Jasmon Drain
"The War at Home" by Linda Davis
"A Homily for Karl Ostenberg" by Fred McGavran
"The Boy Who Had a Peach Tree Growing Out of His Head"
by Hal Ackerman

I would like to thank each and every writer who participated in our Short Story
Contest. My summer was spent immersed in your stories, and what a great
summer it was! Thanks also to our fantastic staff of
readers! Without their help
this could not have happened.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2012
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

And the Grand Prize winner is.....

"Always There"
by Andrew Stancek ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"Heal Me"
by Cindy Rosmus ($100 prize)

Third Place:
"The Strangers of Dubai"
by Victoria Kelly ($50 prize)

Honorable Mentions:
"Counting to One Hundred" by Li Miao Lovett
"Crates" by J.S. Kierland
"The Play's the Thing" by Todd Benware
"Late Note" by Chloë Boxer

Notable Stories:
"Beirut" by Francine J. Sanders
"Handicapable" by C.D. Johnson
"After Dinner" by Nancy Ludmerer
"Execute" by Anders Benson
"Jackyo" by James Gish Jr.
"A Photographic Memory" by Len Dawson
"Elephant" by Marilyn Fahey
"Murky Waters" by Jessica Wortsman
"Convertible" by Lauren Kauai Childs
"Build a Teepee, Come Inside" by Kip Hanson
"The Misfits" by Yenny van Andel

A sincere Thank You to all entrants. So many of your stories will resonate with
us for a long time to come. Judges of other fiction  competitions should be so
lucky. And thanks to our wonderful staff of
readers for your enthusiasm and
dedication. An honor to work with you! Look for the next Flash Fiction Contest
in April 2013.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2012
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

The Grand Prize winner is....

"Nothing, Everything"
by Denis Wong ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"I'll Miss the Earth"
by Patricia McNamara ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions:
"The Hygienist" by Linda Davis
"Broken Glass" by Katy Motiey
"The Black Hills" by Barbara Mayor

Notable Stories:
"Postings from My Other Self" by William Luvaas
"Lucky" by Cindy Rosmus
"The Exterminator" by Julia Noël Goldman
"Talbot Does Laundry" by Myra Thompson
"The Language of Our Bodies" by Reuven Goldfarb
"My Uncle's Eyes" by Kathryn Brackett
"The Mongolian Merchant" by Mary E. Nelson
"The Beauty of Acid" by L.K. Clark
"The Fish" by Nadia Ibrashi
"The Price" by Mark Connelly
"Beyond Polite Conversation" by Dawn Lowe
"Peligro" by Willma Willis Gore

To all who entered: thanks for the honor of reading your work. Thanks also to
the interns and readers for their dedication. An electric time it was! Our next
Short Story Contest opens in December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2011
GeminiMAGAZINE
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

Cheers to the Grand Prize winner!
"Drinks on the Doctor"
by Xavier McCaffrey ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"Death in Nairobi"
by Agatha Verdadero ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions:
"A Sip of Blackberry" by Todd Benware
"Suspicious Package" by Laura Loomis
"The Tip" by Corey Ginsberg
"The Bridesmaid" by Heather Sappenfield
"A Knife or a Blade?" by Geoffrey Uhl

Notable Stories:
"What Happens Now" by Liz Ference
"Damn Lucky Sometimes" by Sultana Banulescu
"Morning in San Pedro" by Dee Hubbard
"I Want to Show You the World" by Evelyn Krieger
"A Sibling's Rival" by Denise Heinze
"Seven Years Old" by Shruti Choudhary
"Stolen" by Michelle Pretorius
"An Interview with J.D. Salinger" by Edward Lee
"The Bathroom of My Ex-Lover's Wife" by Kathleen Spivak
"Bus Fight in Surrey" by Sam Wiebe
"Self Portrait in Red Chalk" by Danielle LeDuc
"Trees That Bear Fruit" by Pete Clark

So many captivating stories! Thanks to everyone who entered, to the fiction
readers and interns, and to those who offered moral support. The next Flash
Fiction Contest will open in April or May.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2011
Gemini Magazine
SHORT STORY CONTEST

We received over 1,000 entries to the Short Story Contest this year. Many
exceptional stories of all types, and plenty of reading enjoyment.

The Grand Prize winner is
“My Beautiful, Brash, Beastly Belfast”
by Seamus Scanlon ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
“Little Chang”
by Paul Hellweg ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions:
“Eyes Wide Open” by Colleen Quinn
“Cecilio Breaks the Law” by Mary E. Nelson
“The Stone Carver” by Ann Marie Samson

Notable Stories:
“Soul Exchange” by Ashok Hegde
“Plegia” by Adam Phillips
“Virtuoso” by Sandy Kovack
“Respect the Weed” by George Harrar
“Mud Season” by Mara Buck
“Red Eye Express” by Michael Pearce
“The Fourth Monkey” by Kathryn Shaver
“Literacy” by Kathleen Spivack
“Roadside” by David Mohan
“967 Steps” by Austin Kentebe
“Harry’s Way East” by Kit Redeker
“Kismet” by E.B. Hantzis
“Rose Colored Glasses” by Kate Mariana Brown
“Little Games” by David Depner

In addition there were many more memorable stories not listed here.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who participated and to our hardworking interns and
fiction readers for their help on this contest. Read about them
here.
Look for our next Short Story Contest in late December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2010
Gemini Magazine
FLASH FICTION CONTEST

1ST PLACE ($1,000 Prize):

S.J. Cahill  
"Lines of Force"

2ND PLACE ($100 Prize):

Micah Herzog Stack  
"The Synchronous City"

HONORABLE MENTION:

Elizabeth Barton  
"Three Minutes"

Maija Rhee Devine  "The Translator"

Kelley Gregg  "Flowers"

Gloria Nixon-John  "Ironing"

Here's why it took so long to publish the results: around 800 entries, about
twice as many as last year's Flash Fiction Contest. We were literally shocked at
the quality of so many of the entries. Everyone gets a chance at Gemini: this
marks the
first fiction publication for three of the six finalists, including first and
second place.

Noteworthy stories included "Caretaking," by Amina Gautier; "Reading a Book,
Watching Other People Cry," by Corey Eastwood; "Independence Day," by
Janice Croom; "One Side of the Vase," by Bonnie West, and "The Essentials,"
by Catherine Oliver. There were many others. I'm exhausted but definitely
enriched! A heartfelt thank you to all who participated. And thanks to Philip
Bernhardt and Nancy Atkinson for reading, judging, discussing and then
reading some more.

— David Bright, Editor

P.S. Look for the 2011 Short Story Contest around late December.
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RESULTS OF THE 2010
Gemini Magazine
SHORT STORY CONTEST

1ST PLACE ($1,000 Prize):

Hallie Rundle,
"Asphalt Sky"

2ND PLACE ($100 Prize):

Evelyn Krieger,
"Twenty-Ten"

HONORABLE MENTION:

Paul Barton,
"Walking Down the Road"

Denise Heinze, "Trick"

David Darracott, "Claire's Rabbits"

We received so many good stories we could easily have chosen another
stellar set of five. Thanks to all who participated!
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And the Winner of
THE FIRST ANNUAL (2009)
Gemini Magazine
FLASH FICTION
CONTEST....

Beverly Akerman ($100) for "PIE"

Honorable Mention:

V.R. Shankar, "THE PERCUSSIONIST"

Audrey Webb, "STALL"

Kate Maruyama, "the weight of things"

Melindy Wynn-Bourne, "LEFT"

Jessica Wortsman, "SNIP, SNIP"

Hearty congratulations to the above finalists!

We received nearly 400 entries. Loads of good ones
but couldn't print 'em all. A sincere THANK YOU to all
who participated. Thanks also to Phil Bernhardt for
invaluable assistance with judging, Nancy Atkinson
for reading ("the weight of things" gave her goose
bumps) and Debbie Sirois for technical support.

Five of the six finalists are women. Four of the
finalists are from outside the U.S. Three are from
Canada and two have never before been published.
That's the spirit of Gemini Magazine
no boundaries,
no rules, everyone gets a chance.

While running this contest was a lot of work, it was  
tremendously exciting. Let's do it again next year!

— David Bright, Editor
GeminiMAGAZINE
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