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News about the site.

STORY OF THE WEEK: April 9

The story of the week for April 3 to 7 is…

Canned Laughter by Daniel DiFranco

A casually light introduction leading into a dark twist. Tried and true.

STORY OF THE MONTH: March 2017

The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.

The finalists for March were:

Constellations by Jonathan Kosik
Mothering Sundae by Tamsin Seymour
The Feeling of Guilt Felt in Private by a Child by John Gabriel Adkins
Faster Than Life
 by James P. Spitznogle
My Father, the Strongman
by Bob Thurber

The winner of the March 2017 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

Constellations

Simply beautiful. Simply heartrendingly beautiful.

STORY OF THE WEEK: April 2

The story of the week for March 27 to 31 is…

My Father, the Strongman by Bob Thurber

I’ve never seen another author build up character and backstory as efficiently and consistently as Bob Thurber. Another great piece.

STORY OF THE WEEK: March 19

The story of the week for March 13 to 17 is…

The Feeling of Guilt Felt in Private by a Child by John Gabriel Adkins

I’m sure we can all identify with the complex emotional landscape of childhood, and this story evokes that very well.

STORY OF THE WEEK: March 12

The story of the week for March 6 to 10 is…

Mothering Sundae by Tamsin Seymour

The emotional depth of this story is so surprising, which increases the potency.

STORY OF THE MONTH: February 2017

The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.

The finalists for February were:

Welcome by Angela Brett
The Bells by Hannah Froggatt
Oneiric by Pntius Paiva
Over by Joan Trueman
Trapped by Mark Farley

The winner of the February 2017 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

Over

Joan mentioned in a comment that she was attempting to demonstrate the writing principle of “show, don’t tell.” I’d say she succeeded!

STORY OF THE WEEK: March 5

The story of the week for February 27 to March 3 is…

Constellations by Jonathan Kosik

This was one of the strongest weeks of stories I’ve ever had the privilege of publishing on the site, and Jonathan’s story capped it off with a brilliant cocktail of emotions and art. Wow.

STORY OF THE WEEK: February 26

The story of the week for February 20 to 24 is…

A double!

Welcome by Angela Brett

I’m always a fan of unique characters and using a moment to imply backstory and future events. This story is so much bigger than its single character interaction!

STORY OF THE WEEK: February 19

The story of the week for February 13 to 17 is…

A double!

The Bells by Hannah Froggatt
and
Oneiric by Pontius Paiva

Great artistry and imagination from both authors. We had a very strong week and now and then I’m forced to expand my rule-set a little!