Some cheery news to report….
My short story “Black Sky” was among the 20 Short List finalists for the Bath Flash Fiction Award and got special mention from the judge, who loved its “disturbing situations” (yeah, it’s a little disturbing). The competition is based in Bath, England, and had 1,062 entries worldwide (link below).
Alas, it wasn’t selected among the Top Five, which would have gotten it published on the website along with a bio. But I’m happy to make the final round because it’s a pretty prestigious competition that attracts lots of professional writers from all over, some of whom have actual publishing contracts and agents.
“Black Sky” also was selected for publication in Bath Flash Fiction’s year-end anthology book. More details on that as they become available (for those who are wondering, the contest people now hold all the publication rights to the story so I can’t publish it on my own).
This is my second story in the past couple of months to get recognized in a fairly big writing competition. In May, “Saint Christopher” took second place in the Writer’s Digest 19th Annual Short Short Story Competition. More than 3,500 stories were entered in that one.
Hopefully one of these days I can grab the grand prize. For now, I’ll just keep plugging along.