While I still enjoy poetry and writing poetry, I’ve not submitted quite as often as I used to. Recently I submitted a poem to the Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards, and won’t know the results until the end of December 2014. I enjoy the short story format, and particularly the flash fiction format. Some of those have 500 word count limits, sometimes more.
My story, “Two Wrongs” won 3rd place in the Writer’s Advice which was 750 word limit. Here is that story for your enjoyment. An interesting aside, one of the judges mentioned wanting to know more about the characters, and that has prompted me to start a new story entitled, “Two Wrongs and Right.”
Here is "Freedom for the Spider." Read more poems here.
Freedom for the Spider
(Accepted 2River View - February, 1998) (Accepted for Reading – HoCoPoLitSo*) - Sunday, April 26th)
*Howard County Poetry and Literature Society - Chosen to read at Historic Oakland, April 26th, 1998 –
National Poetry Month, Maryland Poet Laureate Roland Flint moderator
I think I will return for the black spider.
Trapped in the storefront window,
Pinned to slick cardboard,
It is much too big, very gaudy,
Made with cheap black
Wide stalking legs,
And a big body,
But I like it -
And think it would
Make a fine god,
For the other spiders.
1998 – Silhouettes in the Electric Sky – The best poetry from two years of Gravity: A Journal of Online Writing, - Poem “Concert Crowd” – under maiden name, Rochelle Randel.
1998 – The 2River View, Spring 1998, Poem, “Freedom for the Spider”
2003 “Idiots Guide to Zombies, Ghoulish Intent. My first published short story.
2003 “When you Play in the Graveyard” FMAM [Futures Mystery Anthology Magazine, Fire to Fly Short Story Contest 3rd Place Winner.
2004 “Bertram’s Heart”, FMAM, Honorable Mention (not published)
2007 “The Oracle of 22nd Street”, Crime and Suspense, January
2007 Ten for Ten, Crime and Suspense, Anthology 2, “The Oracle of 22nd Street”
2008 “Twice Killed”, Crime and Suspense, March ezine
2009 “The Soft-Touch Killer”, 78th Writer’s Digest Short contest, Honorable Mention (not published)
2010 “Between the Lines” January first-prize winner of Abbey Hill Literary Flash Fiction Contest (in the 1st quarter contest, published online)
2011 RiversEdge, Spring Vol. 24, No. 1, Short story, “The Artist’s Solution.”
2012 Coe Review, Vol. 41, #2, Spring, Short Story “Night Walking Woman”, online and print.
2012 The Alembic; Short story, “All His Careful Lies”
2013 Forge, Issue 7.2, Fall, “ Short story, “A Party to Die For”
2014 Writer’s Advice, Short story, 3rd place winner in Flash Fiction Contest. “Two Wrongs”
Four Honorable Mentions in the Alfred Hitchcock Mysterious Photograph, flash fiction contest (not published)
http://www.diversevoicesquarterly.com/about/ My story in this publication is on page 65, Issue 9&10. The magazine is a PDF. "Message for Lea"