#ThursThreads – Week 560 – Winners

Week 560 of #ThursThreads, and y’all never disappoint. We’re more than halfway through our tenth year and the time is flying. Thank you to everyone who writes each week. 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 Eric Martell for judging this week. Check out the #ThursThreads #flashfiction group on Facebook or the #ThursThreads Group on MeWe to keep up with news, etc.


  • Bill Engleson | @billmelaterplea
  • Siobhan Muir | @SiobhanMuir
  • Silver James | @SilverJames_
  • Mark A. Morris
  • Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears
  • David A. Ludwig | @DavidALudwig
  • Daelyn Morgana | @DaelynMorgana
  • M.T. Decker | @mishmhem

Honorable Mentions

David A. Ludwig | DavidALudwig

Eric says: Fantasy authors work very hard to create a reasonable structure for magic in their worlds, and David did a nice job creating a viable model in 250 words.

winner announcement

Mark Ethridge

Week 560 Winner

Mark Ethridge | @mysoulstears

Eric says: Sunshine started her journey trapped between two endless expanses, the ocean on one side and sand on the other and ended it it flying, knowing just where she was. Something we all need.

Sunshine had never seen anything as large as the ocean. She’d been walking along its shore for more days than she cared to admit, yet all she could see was endless water, and waves. At least the shore was flat, and not filled with mountains, cliffs, and fjords. She knew from the sunrise and sunset that she was heading south.

To one side was the ocean. To the other was an endless expanse of sand dunes, and beach grass. Both went as far as she could see. There were a few small bushes and even fewer trees scattered here and there among the dunes. She hadn’t seen anyone. No towns, no villages, no houses, no one. It was an endlessly empty landscape.

Until the day the landscape changed into a wall of mountains that ran into the ocean, and disappeared beneath its waters, and into the landscape as far as she could see.

As she approached the mountains, she noticed the smoke of volcanoes. Soon, she could see the mountains were filled with them. She had to fly to cross those mountains. It felt good to use her wings once more, to fly in the sky, free from the ground again.

It took two days to cross the mountains. On the other side was more ocean. The land had moved eastward, as if two blocks of land were sliding past each other.

“A spark is all it takes,” she thought, as she realized the name of her world.


Congratulations TWENTY TIME WINNER Mark, and Honorable Mention David! Don’t forget to claim your badges and display them with pride. You certainly earned it!

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