I finished my story that is inspired by the Pearl Jam song “Elderly Woman Behind a Counter in a Small Town.” I am very happy with it and I submitted it to the Writers of the Future Contest for Q2 2022.
I just submitted a new story “Little Mermaid,” about a dad whose daughter is born with a mermaid tail. I drew on a lot of personal experiences for this story (except for the mermaid tail thing), but I tried something a little experimental with the dialogue. We’ll see if the judges like it as much as I do.
I noticed that there are very few outlets for fiction that is longer than about 10,000 words but shorter than a novel, so I decided to start my own (as if I don’t have enough to do already). I expect that there are quite a few great stories out there that haven’t seen the light of day because they are just too long for other publications. I hope that I get a lot of them sent my way.
I learned that you can resubmit a story to the Writers of the Future Contest, and I didn’t have a new story ready to go for Q1 2021, so I thought, what the hey? Doesn’t hurt to try it again. And you know what? It didn’t hurt. And I ended up with the same result: Honorable Mention. At least they’re consistent.
I got word today that “The Pilgrim’s Prayer” is an Honorable Mention in the Writers of the Future 2020 Q4 contest. Thank you to all of the beta readers who helped make it better than it would have been otherwise. Now I’ll see if I can find another home for it and get started on the next story.
Today, I submitted “The Pilgrim’s Prayer” to the Writers of the Future 2020 Q4 contest. Thank you to all of the beta readers who helped make it better than it would have been otherwise. Fingers crossed that the story finds a home there.