Depending on how you count them, I’ve written around about a dozen short stories so far. All were fantasy or sci-fi. Some of them will never see the light of day; their sole purpose was in teaching me how to write fiction.
The following science fiction stories have already been published:
- My short science fiction story “Going Viral” was in the Spring 2015 anthology The Time It Happened, and selected for Third Flatiron’s Best of 2015 collection.
- My short military sci-fi story “Dirt Moon” was published in the HYPERPOWERS anthology, edited by Bascomb James. In January 2017, it was a top ten finisher in the Preditors & Editors reader poll.
I have a couple more that are under contract and should be published in 2017.
- My short fantasy story “Rooks” has been accepted by Stupefying Stories. No word on the publication date.
- My short dystopian story “Coming of Darkness” is forthcoming in Galaxy’s Edge magazine (edited by Mike Resnick), with publication anticipated in 2017.
- My Vonnegut-inspired short story “Thirty-seven” will appear in Third Flatiron’s Cat’s Breakfast anthology (summer 2017).
In September 2014, I won WRiTE CLUB 2014, a flash fiction contest in which participants submit 500-word pieces anonymously (under a pen name) and the audience votes for their favorites. There were 167 entries, narrowed by a panel of judges to 32. I ultimately wrote 3 different 500-word pieces in the course of five voting rounds. A panel of celebrity judges (agents, editors, and authors) chose the winner of the final round. They said some very nice things about my writing:
I love the dialogue… the voice really makes this piece stand out. -Tiana Smith, YA/MG author and the 2011 winner of WRiTE CLUB
A nice consistent voice; great world-building even within such a short piece of writing; great suspense, energy, and flow. -Lydia Kang, author of YA fiction, poetry, and narrative non-fiction.
Great command of both the macro-level story elements and the micro-level language skills needed to present them effectively… -Tex Thompson, rural fantasy author and the 2012 winner of WRiTE CLUB
The voice stood out, the character seemed quirky, jaunty, and clever, and I wanted to read more. -Margaret Bail, Inklings Literary
A natural understanding of flow and pacing. -Mark Hough, author and the 2012 winner of WRiTE CLUB
The tone and voice are light, fun, and in line with the character and the scene – it’s nice to get this consistency and synergy early on… -Katie Grimm, Don Congdon Associates