All of us at HFR would like to extend our congratulations and deeply appreciative applause to the winners of our 2016 poetry and flash fiction contest. Without further delay, the winners are:

In poetry:
1st place: Don Hogle, "Unabashed Love Poem with String Beans"
Runner up: Leah Huizar, "Birds of Paradise"

In fiction:
1st place: Eric Schlich, "When you are Old and I am Gray"
Runner up: Kelly Marages, "Planes"

The submissions were of a talented group and we thank every submitter for their work. We hope many of you will consider trying again next year as we were deeply impressed by much of what we read.

Look for the first place stories in the next issue of HFR.