#ThursThreads – Week 521 – Winners

Week 521 of #ThursThreads, and y’all never disappoint. We’re in Year 10 and that’s an accomplishment in itself! Thank you to all y’all for coming back to write for all these years. I couldn’t have done it without you. If you’ve just found us, welcome to the crew! You’re in good company. May you come back again and write more great flash. A thousand thanks to David Ludwig for judging this week. Check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on Facebook or the #ThursThreads Group on MeWe to keep up with news, etc.


  • Miya Kressin | @miya_kressin
  • Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
  • Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Eric Martell | @drmag00
  • Mark A. Morris
  • Richard Gibney | @ragtaggiggagon
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • M.T. Decker | @mishmhem
  • Kelly Heinen | @Aightball

Honorable Mentions

Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea

David says: I love your delivery of the hardened detective who knows how things go wrong, but even with that knowledge, can’t stop them. Using the prompt in the advice that wouldn’t be heeded particularly worked for me.

Sheilagh Lee | @SweetSheil

David says: I love fantasy with a badass queen. I also liked the pacing of the story, but the part that put it over the top for me was the repetition of the prompt at the end.

Mark A. Morris

David says: I love Timothy Cushionsoft using the prompt to negotiate with the Rat King. The vividness and imagination of the scene put this one over the top for me.

winner announcement

Eric Martell

Week 521 Winner

Eric Martell | @drmag00

David says: This one never left my mind after I read it. The execution was really top-notch, and the methodical build-up to the prompt was compelling. Using it to provide the entire structure of the piece was, in my opinion, the best use of the prompt this week. Now I’m worried which paragraph we’re in.

This is the way the world ends, one generation at a time. Most people have no idea that anything is happening, the process is so slow. But the things that are supposed to be passed down aren’t and the things that are supposed to go away stay. And the end approaches.

This is the way the world ends, one year at a time. Some start to notice – we hear friends and loved ones talking about how the past year was the worst one ever and maybe next year will be better. But if you cry out that the end is coming, you’ll be largely ignored as people go to work and school and eat and fuck and die. And the end approaches faster.

This is the way the world ends, one week at a time. People – some people, anyway – notice, but they’re so consumed by bouncing from crisis to disaster to crisis that they can’t act in any collective ways. And so they work and fuck and go to class and die, but none of it, not one thing is really okay. The faint (really, is it faint or do we not want to hear) sound of the end coming is everywhere.

This is the way the world ends, one day at a time. So many things, so many places, so many people are on fire that even the protected people and places and things feel the heat. “Why didn’t anyone warn us the end was coming,” the people cry.

Congratulations Seventeen Time Winner Eric, and Honorable Mentions Bill, Sheilagh, and Mark! Don’t forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!

Pass on the great news on Twitter, Facebook, MeWe, shiny mirrors, Morse Code, and signal flags. Check out all the original tales HERE. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading! 🙂

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