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August 28, 2019

I'm happy to say my short story "The Underground" was selected as a top ten finalist in the 2019 Blood Orange Review Literary Contest. I'm proud to be among the finalists and offer congratulations to the winner.

"The Underground" concerns romance between Saul and Maria, who owns a bookstore in one of Lisbon's Metro stations.

Many thanks to the Blood Orange Review.  

May 1, 2019

My short story "This Year's Winner of the Starbuck's Prize" was a semi-finalist in Ruminate Magazine's William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Congratulations to the winner.

Out of 350 entries, "Starbucks" found its mooring among nineteen others, so I'm happy.

For all you "Moby Dick' fans, "Starbucks" isn't exactly about Herman Melville's classic novel. It concerns a university professor who confronts the Dreamer crisis when a favorite student disappears..

Many thanks to Ruminate.

March 17, 2019

I'm honored that my short story "The Porous Texture of Snow" has been long-listed in the Fish Short Story Prize for 2019. This is a big international competition, so I'm pleased. And congratulations to the winners. 

January 29, 2017

I was really overwhelmed by the number of people buying The Hour of Parade over the holidays. Many thanks to all who did, and I hope you enjoy it.

On another note, I was able to re-publish the long short-story The Puppet's Tattered Clothes in print on Amazon. The original publisher, Bartleby Snopes, decided to close up shop. Puppet was part of their flash novel series; there was a 10,000 word limit. I priced it as low as I could, given Amazon's rules. My wife, Dena Testa Bray, did a handsome new...

November 14, 2016


I want to thank all the people who have bought copies of The Hour of Parade recently. This week is the three year anniversary of its publication. When I wrote it, my expectations were modest. I hoped some would read it; I didn't expect all the warm and generous encouragement I've received. Thank you. 

October 31, 2016


Happy Halloween. My story "Already She Was Root" is live on the Eclectica site. The whole issue is great; many thanks to Tom Dooley and congratulations on 20 years.

October 26, 2016


My story "Refrain" has won Honorable Mention in Glimmertrain's Fiction Open Contest. I'm very happy, Glimmertrain is one of the top literary magazines.

October 15, 2016

I'm delighted to say that Eclectica, an on-line journal, will publish my story "Already She Was Root" on October 31st—Halloween. Over the past year, I've been working on several stories—"Root" being one—and didn't want to publish them till they were ready. Ready as defined by me, in my stubborn, obsessive way. I'm really happy that Eclectica has accepted it, I've admired them for years. "Root" is about a troubled marriage set in a parallel time period where America is divided into Red and Blue S...

October 11, 2016

Publisher's Weekly just reviewed The Hour of Parade, calling it "a rich and compelling look at four people seeking purpose." I'm pleased and surprised, but life's full of surprises, isn't it. 

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August 6, 2016

The New Hampshire Writer's Project has nominated The Hour of Parade for outstanding work of fiction in the 12th New Hampshire Literary Awards. Okay, it's a small state, but we have a great literary tradition, and it's an honor to be among the other nominees. Thank you. Here's a link to their FB page:

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