Hats Off! to Les Brown whose short story "The Poker Game" took Third Place in the 2019 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest sponsored by the Charlotte Writers' Club. "Here is an author who is a master of dialogue," said final judge Robert Inman. "The game itself is but a device to treat the reader to an intimate look at four old curmudgeons-past their prime but continuing to hang on to their abiding relationship. As a reader, I loved them despite the notion to smack each one in the head." Les wins $50.