Jun 26 - Jul 2, 2008 

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Teeny, Tiny Tales

The Alibi's Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest

By Amy Dalness

One-hundred-and-nineteen. It became a life-controlling number while judging this year's Ridiculously Short Fiction Contest. In the meme phenomenon, it popped up not just in the word count tool, but in numbers of e-mails, on license plates and in mysterious patterns in our alphabet soup (which, we had never consciously realized, also has numbers).

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Jeff Drew’s feature art from our 2005 contest was slightly risqué.

Short Fiction Contest Winners

Short Fiction Contest Finalists

For your short reading pleasure

By Jessica Cassyle Carr

Whoa, there were more than 200 submissions this year, and while 16 of those made it into the paper, many a worthy story remains. Below is our pool of finalists, chosen by Amy Dalness, from which our judging team selected the winners. While these entries are in no particular order, I can tell you that select stories below had strong support from judges. Without any further adieu, here are the rest of the favorite teeny, tiny tales.

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