At the start of this year, I decided I would finally enter my short stories into contests - the more wins and acknowledgements under your belt, the bigger your name is in the "writing world," and the better chance for traditional publishing!
I entered just three contests - and my story "Rabbit" earned a semi-finalist spot for the 2018 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize with Ruminate Magazine! Yes, out of 420 entries, mine was one of the 39 semi-finalists, and it's on the website announcement, too! I'm so excited, and it makes me that much more revved up to write and share my words!
Below, you can read an excerpt from my story "Rabbit," recipient of the semi-finalist acknowledgement:
Whether or not the plan was executed, the boy was unsure. It seemed like an epic way to die, but was it, truly? Shot in the head in your bathrobe while bending over for the morning paper – is it really that poetic? Would he want to be killed by a sniper?
He pondered this as he heard distant voices trying to push through the pressure in his head.
Perhaps, he thought, a fantastic funerary service would compensate for such a drab death. Maybe he could be mummified. He would do it the Egyptian way, where they pull your brain out through your nose. Maybe he could get a Germanic send-off – put his body in a boat and set it ablaze as it drifts out to sea...
Does this, perhaps, intrigue you? I'll definitely submit this story to other contests and publications, too. Don't forget to check out my surreal short and art book "Dadalectic" and my newest photography book "Trip to Italy" also available on Amazon!