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4 Short Play Winners

Check out the winning plays from our September short play contest:

  • “The Waiter" by Claude Clayton Smith

  • "The Measure of Love" by J. Ray Paradiso

  • "A Private Conversation" by Maureen McGuirk

  • “Second Chance” by Paulene Turner

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ContestCatherine Greenspan
ANNOUNCING OUR CONTEST WINNERS WITH A BIG THANK YOU, AND INVITING YOU TO ENTER FOR A CHANCE FOR PUBLICATION IN OUR ANTHOLOGIES

by CATHERINE

Our contest winners are awesome.  Talented.  And brave.

Please check out the winning shorts stories for our November contest entries about “Workplace.”  In alphabetical order, because they are all #1 winners, they are:

  • "Country Club Christmas" by Michelle Cox
  • "A Practiced Office Dance" by Tarsilla Moura
  • "Blood" by Helia S. Rethmann
  • "Losing" by Monica Spees

Thank you for submitting to our contests now and in the future.  We are excited to help you celebrate and share your literary creations!

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Magical Realism Blood, Sweat & Tears Winners!

The subtleties of the two winning stories are what magical realism is all about. They are written about (mostly) real, human characters, yet there is an element in both that is not real.

Casandra and Anthony added just the right amount of magic to their stories so that the storyline thrived.

Magical realism stories are best when they leave the reader feeling a strong emotion without questioning that magical element. Bigger and bolder than just suspending disbelief, it's an unconscious suspension of reality as we know it.

You might tear up at the end of “El Duende” by Casandra Hernández Ríos.

Or find yourself scratching your ear when you finish reading “The Blind Oasis” by Anthony Johnson. 

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Workplace Contest: Old School Jobs 3 & 4

I immediately got a job as a janitor in the Michigan Union. I worked with another janitor, Carl, a youngish guy who’d always stopped to chat when I was worked in the video store.

We worked at night when the offices in the Union were, of course, empty. We emptied garbage bins, vacuumed carpet, and cleaned the bathrooms.

My excruciating curiosity led me to open drawers, cupboards, and closets that I really had no business doing. One night I discovered a stack of pre-paid postage stamped envelopes—sitting in plain view! 

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