The Unicorn Writer Announces the Third Flash Fiction Contest Winner!

First, a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who entered the contest! Guest judge Cassandra Hamm and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the entries. I highly encourage you all to enter again during the next flash fiction contest, date to be announced.

Now, without further ado…*drumroll*

Congratulations to Brittany Eden for winning The Unicorn Writer’s Third Flash Fiction Contest!

Brittany’s fascination with Wonderland may have given her the courage to exclusively use a sparkly Cinderella book bag while completing her First Class Honors degree in Greek & Roman Civilization and Political Science at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth. She’s traveled to over twenty-five countries and has walked the Great Wall of China in Beijing, the Acropolis in Athens, Table Mountain in Cape Town, and Ipanema in Rio. She also once lived in a Circus. 

You can find Brittany drinking tea, reading, and chasing her three kids, usually at the same time. If that fails, you’ll find her writing starcrossed romance with timeless endings or on Instagram oversharing pictures of the scenery around her and her husband’s home in Vancouver, Canada, and commenting passionately about C.S. Lewis, K-Dramas, Wonder Woman, Bournville chocolate, and Irish tea. 

Read Brittany’s winning piece below!


Was that the moon still ever shining

Above this wretched wasteland hoping

Thus far regret, no rain descend

No drops or hint of any end

My heart—it broke by arrow, bow

The sky a blue-toned jewel aglow

And beating like a drum, dreams

Awakened day, soon future seems

Pattering songs since eternity

Sapphire downpours infinity

To thwart the drought I raised my hand

I prayed amid the sun-scorched sand

The light betrayed our greater need

For flooding streams, for heavenly seed

Is it my heart or the expanse

Horizon stretched by loss—a dance

Is there an enemy, or just inside

A desert with nowhere to hide

The rays of light, the kiss of night

Both dawn and sunset feel too bright

If I could gaze beyond and see

A storm cloud destiny, a sea

A healing rain, a history

Sundrop soon sweet victory

Jewels soared behind my shut eyes

Dream ended with a heaving sigh

The skies will bleed a river free

A holy shower for you and me

I felt alone, lost trail a mess

Yet forward pressed, through wilderness

Diamond starlit fire by night

Hasty dayclouds ‘ere in sight

A call was heard above the dunes

A ringing more than ancient runes

Shrill lonely horn and fractured lie

Sojourning souls not left to die

Followed a sound, a seed like hope

One dared to do much more than cope

The fiery heat, the narrow road

The bearing of a heavy load

The journey on this sparkling sand

Called love or life—I raised my hand

Again, because I saw a form

A figure, healer, through the storm

On long-awaited clouds he’d come

To wet and wash the feet of some

Who chose to cross far desert road

How tortuously was there a load

But then the man who sailed the storm

From where the scent of rain was torn

And future hoping less a dare

My dreary desert seemed more fair

That I would leave it some way soon

So soft the hurt of waning moon

Unless the rain-King reached it first

This soul to drink and forget thirst

The parched heart heat, a dusty swirl

A new world would at last unfurl

These souls beneath a raging sea

No longer ‘fraid or far, in He.

Published by Kayla E. Green

Kayla E. Green is a school librarian, speculative fiction author, and poet. When she isn’t writing, reading, or going on adventures with her husband, she loves singing loudly and off-key to KLove Radio, snuggling her dogs, and pretending she’s a unicorn. Her award-winning YA fantasy novella, Aivan: The One Truth, and her inspirational poetry collection, Metamorphosis, are now available through book retailers. Kayla also has stories and poems featured in various anthologies. Follow The Unicorn Writer's blog for book reviews, author interviews, writing advice, and more bookish fun!

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