Two weeks ago I told you I had sent two stories off to KILAT; a flash fiction festival in Indonesia. I did not expect much, but perhaps I had expected less confusion, more overview. It is possible to participate in English or in Bahasa Indonesia though it soon becomes clear to visitors of the festival page that most stories are in Indonesia. Besides, even the writers who write in English seem to be Indonesian – except for me, perhaps???
What has puzzled me is the very little information from the Kilat team about what is going on, and that there is apparently no way of finding out how many stories there are (two weeks ago they wrote that there were more than thousand). New stories appear on top of the old one, so to speak, so if you want to find older stories that are not on the ´scoreboard´ on the main page, you will have to move back, page after page, through eternity – unless you know the title of the story.
Well, yesterday they finally gave us a tidbit of information again:
This is the last week of voting in the Kilat! Flash Fiction Challenge. Voting will close at the end of the day on Friday, September 24.
After voting is closed, the Kilat! Team will review the 12 leading entries in both the English and Indonesian categories. The official winners will be announced on Friday, October 1.
So, now is the time to tell your friends — spread the word to vote now. And if you have not yet entered, there is still a chance but you need to move fast.
If you check the main page, you will see that thanks to good blogfriends and Facebook friends, you can find my story “Alley Cats” on the English scoreboard there.
But if I have a friend or two out there who have not voted for “Alley Cats” yet, this is your chance to keep me within the magical “12 leading entries” in English. The other day I reached the 9th place, but recently I have begun slipping down. I wouldn´t mind adding “story published in Kilatzine” to my CV.
And thank you very much to those friends who have already voted!