STORY: “The End” by Andy Henion
Appearance Date: February 28, 2010
Henion’s skill with fiction shows a style and control that solidifies him as one of the best practioners of flash fiction on the web. Not only does this story have a traditional structure vis-à-vis conflict and resolution, but we are able to glimpse decades worth of relationship dynamics in an amazingly short space. As a bonus, when the narrator says in the final line, “and I know suddenly that this is the end,” it’s up to us as readers to decide if he meant the end of Uncle C’s life or the end of the narrator’s marriage or both. The depth of emotion of this piece continues to resonate with me months after its appearance.
POEM: “Beside the Road” by John Swain
Appearance Date: March 3, 2010
The economy of language, powerful images, and seamless structure made this poem a pleasure to read over and over again. Each word and line break seems inevitable. It is exactly the kind of poem I had in mind when I started LITSNACK.
Congratulations, John and Andy. I enjoyed the read. I will be contacting you to see where you would like me to send your gift card.
THE SNACKIES are a non-prestigious award given by the chief court jester and dishwasher here at LITSNACK. Based solely on his highly-subjective tastes, THE SNACKIES will be awarded roughly every six months, with one poem and one story being chosen for the preceding time period. Recipients will receive one $5 gift card to Starbucks in recognition of their fine skill and finesse with the English language in their chosen genre.