Here are some of my favorites from this year's winners:
Grand prize winner: Cheryl’s mind turned like the vanes of a wind-powered turbine, chopping her sparrow-like thoughts into bloody pieces that fell onto a growing pile of forgotten memories.
-Sue Fondrie, Oshkosh, WI
Purple prose dishonorable mention: Like a bird gliding over the surface of a Wyoming river rippled by a gentle Spring breeze, his hand passed over her stretch marks.
- Patty Liverance, Grand Rapids, MI
Romance winner: As the dark and mysterious stranger approached, Angela bit her lip anxiously, hoping with every nerve, cell, and fiber of her being that this would be the one man who would understand—who would take her away from all this—and who would not just squeeze her boob and make a loud honking noise, as all the others had.
- Ali Kawashima, Greensboro, NC
Read them all here.