Recently, two stories I wrote did well in contests. I know, when you’re a writer you should write for yourself, because you have something to say, because it hurts not to put it down on paper.
And I do feel that just entering a contest is a win for me. To meet a deadline, to write something new, to feel like it’s finished and at least one person out there is going to read it and react to it in some way – that’s is enough, for me, to feel like I have accomplished something.
When a story does finish well, it’s like icing on the cake. (Literally, as I usual reward myself with some kind of decadent dessert – two, if no one is looking.)
Anyway, I’m not sure if or when these will be published so I thought I’d add them here.
My short story Miss Julie’s Home for Wayward Girls won second place in the Canadian Authors’ Association National Capital Short Story Contest in May 2019.
My short story Same received an honourable mention in the NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge in April 2019.