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Hello, everyone! It’s great to see your flashy faces again. Two items of business today. First the good:

Micro Bookend of the Year Winners

Thanks to everyone who voted for your favourite three stories. The votes have been counted and the top three stories are:

1. Dull Silver by Iskandar Haggarty

2. Hanger Hangar by Bunmi Oke

3. A Winter’s Tale by Geoff Holme

Congratulations, Iskandar, Bunmi and Geoff.

Now the bad:

There will be no more Micro Bookends

Alas, life has got in the way and unfortunately I don’t have the time to devote to the site anymore. Thanks to everyone who wrote, read, commented, judged and made MB a fun place to be. Good luck to everyone with your writing ambitions and I’m sure I’ll see many of you in the dark places where tiny stories dwell.



  23 Responses to “Micro Bookend of the Year Results & THE [micro] END”

  1. Sorry to hear that Dave. I was only able to take part a handful of times, but the community built up here was a grand one-very positive and supportive. I wish you all good luck in the future and hope you continue to write yourself. Best wishes

  2. A big thank you, David, for running this contest. It has been a blast taking part each week. And without you there might never have been Chris And Mike adventures. Don’t forget to look for you credit at the end of the first Chris and Mike movie.

    I know there isn’t a contest this week, but I felt like the C&M flash stories should be tied up. So below is the finale. Hope you like.


    * * *

    Brian S Creek
    100 words

    * * *

    The day had begun with bagels and coffee.

    An hour later, Chris and Mike were fighting to save the world from the greatest evil they had ever faced.

    Their nemesis finally revealed himself, the villainous Jonas Umbra. With an ease that frightened Mike, he dispatched all who challenged him.

    The powerful dragon Kaputsop was plucked from the skies and frozen. Micro-Man, the smallest and mightiest of Earths heroes, was zapped from existence.

    The world held its breath.

    Chris summoned his phoenix tattoos one last time.

    Mike drew his sword and smiled. “Well old friend, I guess this is the end.”

  3. I will really miss microbookends. I came to it late, but it became a firm part of my thursday routine and got me writing for the first time in years. Thank you very much for the time and effort you put into making microbookings such an accepting, stimulating and fun place to share words. All the best for your (and everyone elses) writerly endeavours!

  4. Really sad to see MB end – I’ll miss it. Thank you for the inspiration and space to write and read!

  5. Oh so sad; a favourite aunt has passed, someone I enjoyed visiting and having fun with. Cheers David, it’s been a blast..

  6. I’m a little heartbroken by this news, but thank you so much, David. This contest brought me immense joy. Not only have I loved participating, I made several friends along the way. Micro Bookends will always have a special place in my heart. So, thank you. <3

    • David, I just wanted to let you know that you helped me fall in love with writing again.

      When you started this, I was still recovering from a brain hemorrhage. My words were lost to me, and I didn’t think I’d ever find them again. But you inspired me, week after week, and I continued to get better – both creatively and physically. I have no doubt that I would still be struggling if I hadn’t found your contest. So, kindly forgive any sappiness, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that what you have done has really meant a lot.

      And if you ever decide to bring Micro Bookends back, I wouldn’t be mad at all. 😉

      All Good Things
      110 words

      The snow fell silently upon their sleepy little town, each flake landing on its brethren with a dying whisper so soft, only fairies could have heard them; alas, she buried the last of them this past spring.

      Her lantern cast a warm glow upon the crystalline sparkles as she made her way towards the cemetery, her crunching footsteps and labored exertions the only sounds.

      The wrought-iron gate creaked open with a groan.

      Lashes heavy with frozen tears and fingers numb with cold, she dug a tiny grave and laid her muse to rest, beside the dragon.

      “Thank you,” she whispered.

      Words failed her now, but her gratitude was without end.

  7. That’s sad news. First Flash! Friday, now this. 🙁

  8. Thank you for all the work you put into the contest.

  9. This is sad news. First Flash Friday and now you. What will I do with myself?
    But really I am so glad I stumbled upon this site and took a chance and started writing. Your site along with two others (FF and Angry Hourglass) brought writing back into my life and for that I will be forever grateful. I wish you the best wherever life takes you, Dave. Thank you.

  10. Such sad news, David. I will really miss this site. I’ve had so much fun trying to meet the challenge of the bookends. I think this was the first flash site I came across and this then introduced me to Flash! Friday and other amazing writing places and people. So can I say a really big, and genuinely heartfelt, thank you for all the work and time you put into Micro Bookends. We’ll meet again somewhere in the flash universe 🙂

  11. Oh no. 🙁 This breaks my heart. Thank you so much, Dave, for all the time and effort you put into Micro Bookends – into us! I will miss it but I’ve heard that you’ve got some wonderful things going on in life right now so I don’t blame you in the least. Congratulations and I hope only the best!
    See you on Twitter?

  12. Ah, I was just getting warmed up. All the best and thanks for the work…as I know it must have been.

  13. from a purely selfish point of view… what am I going to on a Thursday without bookends? 😉 Thanks Dave for all the hard work you have put into this weekly comp…. It’s been great fun for all of us and helped so much with my flash fiction writing… Best wishes in all you do in the future and hope to speak on Twitter 🙂

  14. David, thank you for all the hard work you have put into MicroBookends. I’ve only been writing for a very short time, and this was the first site I plucked up enough courage to submit anything to, with Thursday’s quickly becoming my favourite day of the week. I’ve ‘met’ a lovely community of people here and would like you to know just how much your efforts have been appreciated, I will always think fondly of you and MicroBookends.
    Best wishes for the future.

  15. Thank you for running Micro Bookends for as long as you did, it was a wonderful competition mate, and I will miss it. Good luck with everything that life is throwing at you

  16. How can and will I not miss the platform from where my flash fiction (and indeed prose in entirety) took off. Healthy competition, winning, judging, reading, studying, commenting, learning, growing, sharing are just the synopsis of what this experience has been.

    Well done, Dave, for this. In its time, it served a great role and the effects linger.
    Have a pleasant, fulfilling life beyond here.

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