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Thanks to all who joined us at Element Coffeebar and Lounge for SHOWDOWN AT THE SPACE BAR! Here are the results:

The top five finalists ended up being a top six, the judges just couldn’t narrow it down! 

“Anomalies” by Jeff Slade

“Cloudberry Cheesecake” by Alyssa Haines

“Frozen in Time” by Mark Hunter

“Ghosting” by Rob McDonald

“The Gift” by Ryan Belbin

“The Pale Horse” by Brad Dunne

After the ballots were counted, here were the results:

1st place – “The Gift” by Ryan Belbin

2nd place – “The Pale Horse” by Brad Dunne

3rd place – “Anomalies” by Jeff Slade


Congrats to the winners Ryan Belbin, Brad Dunne (whose work was read by Amanda Labonte) and Jeff Slade (whose work was read by Matthew LeDrew)! Special thanks to our amazing host Michelle Churchill, Long & McQuade (St. John’s), and all the wonderful local businesses that put forth prizes for our top three winners.



WANL’s Showdown at the Space Bar invites you to submit your polished sci-fi flash fiction of 750 words or less.

Entrants’ work will be evaluated by a team of three judges, who will select a top five. These will be announced on May 22 at 7pm at Element Coffee Bar and Lounge where the selected writers will read their stories and the audience will vote to determine the top three!

The winner and two runners-up will receive some out-of-this-world prizes from Geeks Public House, St. John’s Soap Works, Midnight Tailor’s, Kyle Callahan Photography, Corkboard Pens, Sweet Loots, and more. Keep tabs on our Facebook page for updates on prizes and other contest news.

Hosted by Michelle Churchill who’s short stories have been featured in: Kit Sora: the Artobiography, Chillers on the Rock and Dystopia on the Rock. Later in 2019 her debut novel The Last Tree is being released by Engen Books with illustrations by Ariel Marsh.

Now for the boring, but important, stuff:

Entrants must be residents of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Deadline May 4, 2019 at 5:00pm NL time

Only one submission per person.

Submissions are blind judged, so ensure your name doesn’t appear anywhere on your work.

The 750-word limit will be strictly enforced. Stories exceeding this limit will be disqualified.

If you can’t be there on voting night and it turns out you make it to the top five, no sweat! We’ll find a reader for you.

Submissions can be e-mailed in pdf format to with the subject line “SHOWDOWN AT THE SPACE BAR SUBMISSION”