A Marzipan Moon
Winner of the 2015 Anagram Short Fiction Contest hosted by Fictional Black Ink, and subsequent winner of the 2016 Edward Bulwer-Lytton Award, whatever that means. I don't think it means what we think it means. Either way, thanks to Black Ink for the recognition! Editor's comments: The primary challenge to all contestants was to use at least one Anagram within their story. The secondary challenge (implied but not necessary) was writing a holiday theme that was not necessarily "traditional". Aša did both flawlessly. Aša also used a unique writing style, which I did not edit in the least. Her drift from traditional holiday celebrations; unique writing style; and her ability to capture the essence of family - in these endeavors Aša took top honors. Aša is now also eligible to recieve the 2016 Edward Bulwer-Lytton Award, which will be awarded to one Black Ink Contests literary artist that best exemplify originality, creative writing skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. Congratulations again, Aša!