Valentine’s Day – Lovers, Shakespeare & Winners

Ahhhh….St. Valentine’s Day. That segue holiday (and month) between the previous late year’s festivities and – for us northern states – the first signs of spring.  My dearest creative writing friends, this is my belated Valentine “card” (ergo blog) to each of you!

St Valentines

Oddly, in doing research about St. Valentine, I found that his origins are a bit murky. Some sites posture him as a rebellious priest who defied orders that young men not wed lest their wives and families dampen their war-inspired ardor. Still others suggest he is a martyr, killed for assisting Christians in their escape from the evil Roman’s.

Still others claim the day itself, though named after St. Valentine, actually has its origins in the Roman holiday Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

Regardless of which resource you choose to invest your reading and belief – or even if you believe in any origins of the day at all (save a marketing win for Hallmark and other greeting cards,gift and candy shops), the fact remains that an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine’s Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year (the #1 card-sending holiday, according to the Greeting Card Association, is an estimated 2.6 billion cards sent at Christmas).

St Valentines II

So where does Shakespeare and Romeo and Juliet and teens poisoning themselves come into all of this glorious history? In the 2016 Black Ink Contests Valentine’s Flash Fiction Contest, of course.

Parting is such sweet sorrow was the inspired verse of this contest. And our winners did a fine job of using it! Visit Black Ink Contests to read all of the winning stories. You will be pleasantly surprised!

FIRST PLACE
Just One Regret by Shannon Hollinger
I probably shouldn’t have killed her. I know that now. But at the time, it felt like I had no other choice. I’d take it back if I could, but I can’t. Now I’m trapped here, in this place, probably for the rest of my life, with nothing to fill the hours of each day except the memory of what I’ve done.
Read the winning entry

SECOND PLACE
February by Kellyne Vaudreuil
Read the winning entry

THIRD PLACE
Click: Capture and Release by Katherine Menon
Read the winning entry

I want to sincerely THANK all of my wonderful contestants! Each was a tribute to the modern, creative writer and I felt honored to have read them all.

A special CONGRATULATIONS to my top three winners. Such outstanding work to all three of you!

I invite all of you creatives to join Black Ink Contests in March for a fabulous new contest.

Contest title:  WHAT DOES THIS PICTURE MEAN TO ME?

A unique creative writing contest will open on Saturday, March 5th.

A picture will be posted and you, the creative, are allowed free writing reign – all genre accepted!  Contest guidelines and submission criteria will posted on the 5th.  Prizes and entry fee below.

$200.00 1st Place Winner | 1st Place will also be entered (for free) to Narrative
$50.00 2nd Place
$25.00 3rd Place

$4 Entry Fee

I hope each of you can make the fun.  Until next time…stay safe, stay healthy, and stay creative!

Connie Irons is a novelist recently begat blogger. As a double GeminiThumbnail of my Blog Picture it’s hard to tie her down to one genre, but her favorites are well written horror and snarky memoirs (hail David Sedaris). When she’s not writing she’s mindlessly spoiling her beagle/basset puppy, Tucker, and evading payment on multiple loans from her fiancé.

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