Poetry – 1st PlaceMonarch by Olivia Cole
Flash Fiction -1st PlaceMore Complicated by Rebecca R. Block
Fiction – 2nd PlaceIkey
Literary LEO, more than anything this newspaper does throughout the year, is by and for the community. This year we received hundreds of submissions, and as you can see by the judgesâ€™ comments on the following page, the work was strong, which made picking the best quite a challenge. These next several pages contain the three best short stories (the honorable mention short stories are posted at www.leoweekly.com); several flash fiction pieces (300-word limit); several poems (serious and seriously bad â€” so bad theyâ€™re funny); and numerous photographs (both traditional and non-traditional).
<HOLIDAY>Through Feb. 14Send a Singing Valentine Don’t be left standing in the retail aisles, searching for the card or the candy that will seal your romantic intent for your true love. Chocolate is fine, but think out of the box this Valentine’s Day. Be spontaneous by sending your significant other, boss, loved one, teacher, etc. an Original Singing Valentine. The folks at Pride of Kentucky are already booking for this annual campaign, which is a major fundraiser for the year. They’re a non-profit organization dedicated to the educational needs of women singers. A choice of one of three songs: “Let Me Call You Sweetheart,” “Cuddle Up” or “Crazy ’Bout You Baby” will warm the cockles of hearts and the ears of music lovers. This chorus of professional and passionate singers divvy up into quartets and hit the city streets to perform the messages of love to anyone you purchase the singing valentine for to the tune of $40. To order a song, call 368-SONG (7664) or go to their Web site, www.prideofkentuckychorus.org. —Cindy LambPride of Kentucky Chorus368-SONG
Flash Fiction - honorable mention 1My New Haircut by Kent Roberts
Fiction – 3rd PlaceUp in Alaska
Fiction — 1st PlaceInto The Great Behind by Kennedy KileanNo more arguing about it. He’s oldest and more experienced and owns the place, cleaned it up and stocked it with booze, signed the lease, the licenses. Name of the place stays, as is. So be it, says his younger brother Max, pinching silver cufflinks before massaging his gelled temples. Max is dapper, crisp, simmering through a rum-flavored hangover and squinting out a pair of eyes so webbed in red it’s as if some powerful worry burst the front of his brain, drizzled blood over his vision. And unlike his meatier big brother, Max doesn’t mind losing an argument, even with family. So Max shakes his head, plucks a book of matches, embossed with the name he can’t stand, understand, from a freshly swabbed ashtray and steps out to the noonday shine.
Paybackâ€™s a bitch
By Kim Woodring
It all began when my sister, Diane, decided she would fix me up with this guy, â€œJoe.â€ She worked with him at General Electric for more than nine years and knew him pretty well. â€œEveryone wants to go out with Joe,â€ she would tell me every chance she could. â€œHeâ€™s cute, heâ€™s about 28 and heâ€™s this and heâ€™s that ...â€
What a Week
Mayor Jerry Abramson formally launched his campaign for reelection (campaign slogan: â€œWhat part of â€˜Mayor For Lifeâ€™ donâ€™t you understand?â€). Although the mayor refused to discuss his plans beyond this yearâ€™s elections, rumors have been widely circulating that he plans to eventually run for Mayor For Afterlife as well.