Friday, December 31, 2021



Just in time for New Year’s Eve, The Pete Wood Challenge presents four, count ‘em, four new flash fiction stories, all keying off the phrase, “[character] could have gone to [event] on New Year’s Eve, but instead, thanks to [other_character], [he|she|they] had been waiting in line for hours.”

Y’know, one of these days I’m going to teach you all how to read Unix command line regular expressions, just so these challenge descriptions make more sense.

Without further ado, then…

Honorable Mention

“The Annual Times Square Paint Dry,” by Larry Hodges » Read it now!

Third Place

“Old Friends, Across Galaxies and the Space Between,” by Jenna Hanchey » Read it now!

Second Place

“That Darn, Dear Cat,” by Melissa Mead » Read it now!

First Place

“Worth It,” by Keyan Bowes » Read it now!