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Meet the 2017 FLASH SUITE Contest finalists

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The FLASH SUITE Contest begins daily posting on Monday, Dec. 19th.  My entry entitled “TWAS BRILLIG” was inspired by the works of Lewis Carroll and takes place on the English Coast in late 1940.  My entry will post in multiple parts starting Dec. 26th.

Flash Suite entitled TWAS BRILLIG by Chad Ehler

The egg shaped glass gunner’s nose of the Luftwaffe HE-111.

Meet the finalists:

William R. Soldan received his BA in English Literature from Youngstown State University. He currently studies fiction and poetry in the Northeast Ohio MFA program and teaches English Composition at YSU. His work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of publications such as New World Writing, Thuglit, The Vignette Review, Kentucky Review, and Elm Leaves Journal, among others. He lives in Youngstown, Ohio, with his wife and son and some cat named Ringo.


Chad Ehler is a 20th century military historian and the son of a World War II US Marine. He studied national security and political science at UC Berkeley and constitutional law and jurisprudence at Santa Clara University. His latest novel, Battle for Glory, is set in England and France during the Battle of Britain, 1940, and was published in October 2016 by London-based Endeavour Press, Ltd. His other published fiction and non-fiction works appear on and You can find him on Twitter @ghqhomeforces, at or on Fidalgo Island, Washington.


Ingrid Jendrzejewski grew up in Vincennes, Indiana, studied creative writing at the University of Evansville, then physics at the University of Cambridge. Her work has found homes in places like Passages North, The Los Angeles Review, The Conium Review, The Mainichi, and The Liars’ League (London & NYC) and. Links to Ingrid’s work can be found and she occasionally tweets @LunchOnTuesday. When not writing, Ingrid enjoys cryptic crosswords, the python programming language and the game of Go.



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DEFENESTRATIONISM.NET — Runner Up — Short Story Contest — “I’ve Got You”


“The Art of Throwing People Out Windows”


RESULTS as of September 2016:

WINNER: “Billy Luck” by DC Diamondopolous


RUNNER UP“I’ve Got You” by Chad Ehler

In May 1940, a British RAF pilot rescues a member of the Royal Family from the chaos of Dunkirk, France under Nazi Blitzkrieg.


RUNNER UP: “Surveillance” by Don Noel




Members of RAF 85 Squadron relax in front of a Hurricane with well deserved pints in hand.

DEFENESTRATIONISM.NET — !Short Story Contest! — Finalist

This is not a subtle contest.  This is a contest of sudden change.

Thanks to the immediate success of the Art of Throwing People Out Windows we have been pledged an annual !Short Story Contest!

RESULTS as of September 2016:

WINNER: “Billy Luck” by DC Diamondopolous

RUNNER UP: “I’ve Got You” by Chad Ehler

RUNNER UP: “Surveillance” by Don Noel

The 2016 !Short Story Contest! Finalists

Version 2DC Diamondopolous is an award-winning short story and flash fiction writer published worldwide. DC’s short stories have appeared in online literary magazines: Antioch University’s Lunch Ticket, Fiction on the Web, Eskimo Pie, Five on the Fifth, Crab Fat Lit and many more. DC stories are also in print anthologies, Blue Crow, the Australian literary journal and Scarborough Fair, published by the University of Toronto. DC won second place in the University of Toronto’s literary Contest for 2016 for her short story, Taps, and won two Soul Making-Keats honorary mentions in 2014 for her short stories, The Bell Tower and Taps. DC lives in California.

GB in truck - URLGlenn A. Bruce has an MFA in Writing, was associate fiction editor for The Lindenwood Review, and has published seven novels as well as two collections of short stories. He wrote the movie Kickboxer, episodes ofWalker: Texas Ranger and Baywatch. He has been published in RedFez, Beat Poets of the Forever Generation, Alfie Dog, LLR,Carolina Mountain Life, Oval, Brilliant Flash Fiction (where he was also final judge for the Flash Fiction 2015 contest) and many others. He recently won top prize in the “Quick & Dirty” short story contest for Also That (which included a cash prize and some cool art!). He currently teaches Screenwriting and Acting for the Camera at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.

chad tilla5 (5)The son of a World War II US Marine, Chad Ehler studied national security and military affairs at UC Berkeley and constitutional law and jurisprudence at Santa Clara University.  His latest novel, Battle for Glory, is set in England during the Battle of Britain, 1940, and is scheduled for 2016 publication by London-based Endeavour Press, Ltd. His other published fiction and non-fiction works appear on and You can find him on Twitter @ghqhomeforces or on Fidalgo Island, Washington, where he lives with his wife and daughter.

Tara Campbell_With_DinosaurTara Campbell [] is a Washington, D.C.-based writer of crossover sci-fi. With a BA in English and an MA in German Language and Literature, she has a demonstrated aversion to money and power. Previous publication credits include stories in Lorelei Signal, Punchnel’s, the WiFiles, Silverthought Online, Toasted Cake Podcast, Litro Magazine, Luna Station Quarterly, Master’s Review and Magical: An Anthology.

Don Noel for DefenestrationismDon Noel retired after four decades’ print and broadcast journalism in Hartford CT, a career that included runner-up for a Pulitzer Prize, finalist for a White House Fellowship, an Alicia Patterson Fellowship for study in Cambodia and Romania, and a dozen or so other honors.  Turning in retirement to fiction, he took an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University at age 81. His work has so far been chosen for publication by Calliope, Shark Reef, Drunk Monkeys, The Tau, Indian River Review,Midnight Circus, Oracle, Clare Literary Magazine and The Raven’s Perch.  He has a novel and two novellas looking for publishers.  The Albert Einstein quote on the desk reads: “If a cluttered desk signs a cluttered mind, of what, then, is an empty desk a sign?

Take Carroll to Honor Poe Edgar Allen

“WHY IS A RAVEN LIKE A WRITING DESK?” was a nonsensical query posited by the Mad Hatter to Alice in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.   In the original 1865 printed book, Carroll provided no real answer but over the years he relented to fan pressure and formulated the following:

“Because it can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and it is never put with the wrong end in front!” “Never” was originally “nevar” but a typesetter mistakenly fixed the pun.

Edgar Allen Poe’s poem The Raven was published 20 years before Alice in Wonderland  so herewith is my own “Poe-tic” answer to the riddle . . .


“Why is a raven like a writing desk?”

“Be-caws it is nevar-more than a caws-way to better Poe-try!”