Bad Poetry - honorable mention 1A Republican Nursery Rhyme by Cheryl Clark
Poetry - honorable mention 1Another Weekend in Peki Ghana by Kate Hartman
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.
Bad Poetry – 1st PlaceOde to a Booger by Nick Borho
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).