like to thank everyone who participated for making Melic’s Micro Fiction
Contest such a resounding success. We received 410 stories from writers
all over the globe.
(whose bios appear below) undertook to read and assess all of these
stories in under two weeks. For this we all owe them an extreme debt
of gratitude. What’s more, they each admitted to having a very good
time in the process. According to Blickley, “I was more than a bit apprehensive
about the quality of the submissions. This apprehension quickly turned
They Looked For
for story!” said Blickley. Story, story, story figures largely in all
the judges’ decisions.
much can you omit and still tell a complete story?” asked Cantrell.
“I looked for a captured moment, tinged with allusions to an entire
life or experience. And ultimately I looked for humor, which was quite
apparent in many of these stories.”
“I sought out story, an element that eluded the vast majority of works
submitted. I do not mean plot. No, 300 words does not leave room for
plot. . . . The best pieces implied a whole world of story that was
not presented, but one you put your trust in, your faith that this world
existed somewhere beyond the page.”
Contrary to other literary forms, successful micro-fiction “does not
show development of a plot or character in the conventional prose sense.
In micro-fiction, the plot and characters must have developed on their
own time, and the narrative voice must take us on a tour of a given
moment . . . .”
work best? According to Piette, “Brilliant, strong verbs do work. An
original situation does too. A tight scene that suggests a larger story
works. So do staccato sentences that don't include the words staccato
or ‘tattoo of heels.’ Proper use of language like ‘irony’ works. A strong,
non-corny ending is a must.”
Judges (in alphabetic order):
Blickley is a playwright with eleven New York production credits.
He has published stories, plays, and essays in books, magazines, and
journals across the country. A collection of his short fiction, The
World’s Greatest Saxophone Player, is forthcoming from Red Hen Press.
His latest play, Beauty Knows No Pain, which opened in New York
last June, was selected for this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival in
J. Cantrell teaches writing and critical thinking at too many institutions
of higher learning in New York City. When she's not grading papers,
supervising her children's homework, or reading micro-fiction, she works
on her own short stories and her novel in progress. Her story, "Clink!"
was first published by The Melic Review last September.
to two "light mysteries" published under a pen-name known only to her
closest writing friends, Carolyn Moore writes the occasional
short story and short-short. One appears as a co-winner in a special
anniversary collection from The Spirit That Moves Us Press. In the past
dozen years, her writing in several genres has garnered sixty awards
and honors, chiefly for poetry, next for fiction. She is currently working
on a poetry collection, for which she was the recipient of the C. Hamilton
Bailey Fellowship from Oregon Literary Arts, Inc.
Piette is currently writing a play under the auspices of The Institute
at Ensemble Studio Theatre. She read at the In Our Own Write emerging
writers program of the Lesbian and Gay Community Services Center. She
is a co-editor of Girls: An Anthology, published by Global City
Press (1997). She has won writing prizes from Wellesley and City Colleges.
She also teaches high school and dabbles in advising the education department
at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a Rhode Island expatriate
currently living in Washington Heights.
Smith lives in the central Alabama area with his wife, cats, and
sons (in order of chronological seniority): Diane, Macavity, Shadow,
George, and Nathan. He is bemused by the fact that, having recently
become a moderator for the Zeugma Poetry Workshop and having accepted
this guest-shot as a contest judge, he is rapidly becoming part of the
mysterious “they” whom writers routinely curse.
grateful to the following websites for their support of the Micro Fiction
Preditors and Editors