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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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: