Flash Fiction - Winners

Flash Fiction -1st PlaceMore Complicated by Rebecca R. Block 

Fiction – 2nd Place

Fiction – 2nd PlaceIkey

Literary LEO 2006

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 judges’ 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 — so bad they’re funny); and numerous photographs (both traditional and non-traditional).

Staff Picks

<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 

Rumblings From the World of Sports

Did I hear this correctly?
A couple of weeks ago, The Rick was asked about missing out on Rajon Rondo and Chris Lofton. He again admitted his egregious recruiting mistake with Rondo. As for Lofton, he said something to the effect that there would be nowhere in the Cards lineup for him to play. Exsqueeze me? Was U of L’s coach talking about Chris Lofton, the former state champ shooting wiz who has energized the Big Orange, college hoopdom’s fastest rising program? Must be talking about somebody else.

Fiction – 3rd Place

Fiction – 3rd PlaceUp in Alaska

Fiction — 1st Place

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.

Bad dates, indeed

Winner 1:
Payback’s a bitch
By Kim Woodring
It all began when my sister, Diane, decided she would fix me up with this guy, “Joe.” She worked with him at General Electric for more than nine years and knew him pretty well. “Everyone wants to go out with Joe,” she would tell me every chance she could. “He’s cute, he’s about 28 and he’s this and he’s that ...”

What a Week

What a Week

Mayor 4ever
Mayor Jerry Abramson formally launched his campaign for reelection (campaign slogan: “What part of ‘Mayor For Life’ don’t you understand?”). Although the mayor refused to discuss his plans beyond this year’s elections, rumors have been widely circulating that he plans to eventually run for Mayor For Afterlife as well.

Warming up ...

A campaign that began with an ironic bang climaxed with a day dominated by women in the Republican-controlled state Senate last week. Last Wednesday, Democrat James E. Keller, who beat Larry Forgy in a 2000 non-partisan Kentucky Supreme Court race, filed to unseat Forgy’s sister, State Sen. Alice Forgy Kerr (R-Lexington). With Keller’s entry fresh in Thursday’s press, Kerr harnessed some horsepower from the House — and premium publicity.