the best of 52|250's fourth quarter

A Welcome . . .

Welcome to fiftytwo — highlighting flash, poetry, and art from 52|250′s fourth and final quarter. If you are not familiar with 52|250, this is a good place to start. In these pages we highlight the best of the final quarter of our Year of Flash – a period between May 2010 and May 2011 in which we wrote stories and poetry every week for 52 weeks.  In the Best Of  pages, you’ll find the editors’ picks for the best flashes of weeks 40 – 52. In addition, we bring you other highlights, too… . 
First we asked our most frequent flashers – those writers who submitted pieces most often during the thirteen weeks of our last quarter – to take an old tale and add a new twist. You’ll find that frequent flashers Len KuntzStephen Hastings-KingSusan TepperMatt PotterDoug BondCatherine RussellSusan GibbLinda Simoni-Wastila,  Kim Hutchinson, Robert Vaughanand Martin Brick did not disappoint. But then again, we knew that already, for we spent a year reading their stuff. Tell me that old story again… brings you something old in new packaging by these talented writers. 

Next we honor some of the artists from our last quarter whose work made our pages pop. Each week during our Year of Flash featured one work of art at the top of the page – painting and collage, photography and drawing. Go to Artwalk to see why we chose works by Angelique Moselle Price, Peter Schwartz, Jennifer L. Tomaloff, aLnym (Aljoscha Lahner), and Abby Braman to include here.

Finally your editors met the challenge one last time, too. On Editors’ Farewell, you’ll find old stories with new twists by Michelle Elvy, John Wentworth Chapin, and Walter Bjorkman – because we don’t believe in letting the other frequent flashers have all the fun. And as always, we choose our favorites of each other’s works to feature here, and so you see the Best Of the Editors on this page, too.
We would like to thank all of 52|250’s contributors one last time for making the final quarter of this flashy year a fantastic experience for all. Our Year of Flash ended in May 2011 but the stories and art linger, as do the friendships and connections made across so many continents and time zones. What a fantastic year it turned out to be, growing from its modest roots to this inspiring community of writers and artists. We also thank all our readers who visit 52|250 and our quarterlies. Feel free to comment on the stories and art you find here on the Thanks to All! page. If you’re interested in reading more about the 52|250 challenge, you’ll find a year’s worth of outstanding flash, poetry, and art at 52|250 A Year of Flash.

Welcome to fiftytwo!


Michelle Elvy         John Wentworth Chapin        Walter Bjorkman

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10 responses

  1. Tom Allman

    I learned so much from 52/250! I had never submitted anything before this. I would like to thank the editors and readers for helping me become a better writer.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:53 am

  2. Thank you for the help, encouragement, and experience. I loved every minute. 🙂

    October 3, 2011 at 2:32 am

    • Ah, so envious I did not get to contribute every week, but did so from Week #9. Still, it was great, and fun, and stirring, and i miss it greatly.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:51 am

  3. Very well done. It has been a great project.


    October 3, 2011 at 11:20 am

  4. estelle bruno

    always love your 5250 and will look forward to more from all of these wonderful writer.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm

  5. Thank you for a wonderful year of flash

    October 3, 2011 at 2:13 pm

  6. Thank you ALL for a marvelous year of writing on demand. Just digging into the stories — old and new — and enjoying immensely. And what gorgeous art.

    I miss all of you, it felt like a salon every week when our stories posted. Peace…

    October 6, 2011 at 11:25 am

  7. What an honor it has been to be among the pages of such wit, talent, thrills and surprises. Writers who take risks, try new genres, boldly adventure forward. All with the skilled guidance of these amazing editors and writers also: Michelle, Walter and John. I feel so fortunate to have been a part of this, participating every week since the bad haircut with the center part, right down the middle of these glorious 52 weeks.

    October 6, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    • estelle bruno

      This has been a wonderful year for everyone, those who wrote, and those of us who read.


      October 7, 2011 at 5:28 pm

  8. Barbara Lucy Hosken

    AS yhou see, I’m very late wtih my comment. Life has been unbelievably busy, but I’m still sticking in there. I think you have done a marvellous job and have enjoyed it so very much. Wish I had your energy! Lotsoluv

    January 14, 2012 at 8:48 pm

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