Escape Pod is running a flash fiction contest. The entry period has ended, and we’ve moved onto voting. I have two stories in the running, out of the 92 total entries. The contest is completely anonymized — you won’t know who wrote the stories you’re voting on until they either win or lose.
Here’s how to read and vote:
The stories are 750 words or less apiece, so it shouldn’t take you long to read them.
A hint: my stories are both between 740 and 750 words. If you’ve read my other works, you should be able to figure out from the writing style which ones they are. They may or may not be posted already.
Anyway, I encourage you to read the stories and vote on them — even if you don’t vote for me.
Roseman looks at some current trends to explore love, sex and relationships in the near future, through the eyes of a young man who regrets his decision not to renew his relationship contract with his partner after eight years and one child.
Roseman’s first story in Asimovs (‘Bring on the Rain’) was an action-packed drama, and he attempts a much more difficult story here, in looking at relationships and getting into the mind of the protagonist, and it just feels a little less subtle than it needs to be.
Mark Watson at Best SF said the above about “Greener” and “Bring on the Rain”.
I agree that “Greener” was a more difficult story in some ways, although I actually have more difficulty with action sequences, as I worry about them going by too quickly. I just wrote a Boss Fight in my novel and I found myself having to pad it out a little to reach 2000 words in the chapter.
Tangent Online had the above to say about “Greener”.
He’s right. It’s not a particularly pleasant story. I don’t think any of the characters (except perhaps the kids and the escort) are ones you can really root for. But then, I wrote it that way on purpose.
Mark Watson of Best SF had the above to say on “Bring on the Rain”.
I recently found this review of my story “Survivor”. Thanks, closetpuritan, for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoyed the story.
My story “Survivor” — my first anthology sale — is available today from Crossed Genres publications. It’s only $5 on the e-reader of your choice.