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Winning Flash Fiction Stories

October 27 in Greensburg

A cemetery worker digs up a girl who died too young.  A creature steps out of the forest toward the body.  What could go wrong?

Find out at a performance of the stories that won Ligonier Valley Writers' thirteenth annual Flash Fiction Contest.  This year's topic is Bigfoot, Littlefoot, and other cryptozoological creatures of indeterminate foot size.  It inspired the winning authors to let their imaginations run wild.  Several of the winning entries come from authors who have entered the contest in the past, showing that practice makes perfect.

All the winning authors will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the Ligonier Valley Writers.  The first, second, and third place winners will also receive cash prizes.

First Place ($50 prize): "Feeding Time" by Jeremiah Cook of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Second Place ($25 prize): "SWBF" by Greg Beatty of Bellingham, Washington

Third Place ($15 prize): "Class A Sighting" by Mark Matzke of Painesville, Ohio

Honorable Mentions (in alphabetical order by author, all of whom are from Pennsylvania): "First Outing" by Ryan McBriar of Warren; "The Visitor" by Alicia Stankay of Ambridge; and "The Legend of Slenderfoot" by Joe Potts of Harrison City

Winning Stories Will Be Read Aloud October 27 in Greensburg

You are cordially invited to attend a reading of the winning stories in LVW's Flash Fiction Contest.  It takes place on Saturday, October 27 beginning at 1:00 p.m. in the café at Craftique Collections (770 E. Pittsburgh St, Greensburg).  The event is free and open to the public. Don't miss a single pounding heartbeat.

After the readings we have a special guest this year, a man who actually photographed evidence of Bigfoot.  Randy Mollomo will bring his photo of a Bigfoot footprint, which was highlighted in the book Tracking the Stone Man, West Virginia’s Bigfoot by Dr. Russell L. Jones, a noted Bigfoot researcher.  This photo led to Randy's appearance on the TV series Finding Bigfoot.  Randy will talk about how he came upon the juvenile footprint in Canaan Valley, West Virginia, as well as his experience on the show, including when the Finding Bigfoot crew came to Canaan Valley to tape the episode.

Randy has generously donated a copy of the book, which we'll raffle off to raise money for future Flash Fiction contests.

You can also visit with the winning writers and get their autographs.  Books by local authors, including Phantom Detectives on Vacation, are available for purchase at the Book Nook at Craftique.  It's the third anthology in a series.  The fourth in the series, Phantom Detectives at Risk, will be published in time to give as a Christmas gift this year to all your friends who like to read mysteries.  The Phantom Detectives anthologies are published by the Greensburg Writers Group as a fundraiser for Ligonier Valley Writers.

Enjoy the best new Halloween stories for free, hear from a Bigfoot photographer, and get a jump on your Christmas shopping, all in one place.  Scare up some friends and join us.

Up Next for Ligonier Valley Writers

November 10, 1:00 p.m. Authors of stories in the first three LVW Phantom Detectives anthologies will read from their stories at UR Here Gallery (406 Clay Ave. in Jeannette). There may even be a preview of tales from the upcoming fourth book in the series.

December 2, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Annual LVW Christmas Party. St. Michael’s Church, Rector.

Ligonier Valley Writers is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization that has been serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania since 1986.  LVW offers talks, workshops, publications, and writing contests.  To join LVW and receive discounts on events, download a membership application. Dues are still only $30 per year.

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Winners of the Poetry Contest for 2018

The winning students performed their poems aloud to an audience of proud family members, teachers and others.  These talented young writers received ribbons, booklets containing all the winning poems, and cash prizes (which most of them promptly spent on books).  Special congratulations to Faith McDowell and Nicole Fratrich, who won three awards each this year.  Faith has won every year since 2013, including the McGough in 2013.  Congratulations also to Mara Myers, who won two awards.  Several other students are repeat winners.  For the full list, ?


Ligonier Valley Writers Calendar of Events, 2018

October.  Readings of the winning Flash Fiction stories at local venues.  Details TBA.

November.  Joint workshop with Westmoreland Museum of American Art on writing a memoir.  Details TBA.

December 2, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Annual LVW Christmas Party.  St. Michael’s Church, Rector.


January.  Dues are due for 2019.  $30 per year; you can download a membership application from

January 2019.  Call for Student Poetry Contest entries for students in grades 4-12.  Cash prizes in 30 categories, no entry fee, and an awards ceremony and booklet of all the winning poems.

March 11.  Deadline for Student Poetry Contest.

April 20 or 27, 4:00-5:00 pm.  Student Poetry Awards Ceremony at Barnes & Noble.  The winning poets in grades 4-12 will read their work to the audience.  LVW will have a bookfair at B&N.

May 1.  Loyalhanna Review submission deadline.  (Reading period is February 1-May 1.)

Please check for the latest info and date confirmations.

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