Short Stories

 

Passages Book Cover

My short story anthology, Passages has seven award-winning tales in its pages including:

• “Castles in the Sand,” the story that inspired the novel of the same name;
• “Buryin’ Day Today,” my very first story; and
• “The End of the Harvest,” possibly my favorite story.


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March, 2014

Short Story, The Thing with Feathers, won second place in The Brucedale Press 14th Annual Alphabet Acrostic Contest.

Judge’s Comments:
A story that sums up a life in its twenty-six sentences. The ending gives the main character what she wanted as a child “hoping to fly,” before being “disillusioned with
gravity,” which comes in the form of death. The Thing With Feathers takes the required beginning phrase, and also chooses to end with it, reflecting with form, the moment of a body’s dissolution, as well as its birth and death. The story knows from the start what it wants to do, and does a good job carrying that out. The concept of flight propels this piece and gives us bitter sweetness in its final moment. A thoughtful story, containing moments of crafted imagery, given to us in the final thoughts of a ghost.~S. Radojkovic

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Published Prize-Winning Short Stories and Articles:


 

Through the Closet Wall
Short-listed, Wyn Lit 24, #53.
A daughter’s homecoming, a mother’s anguish and the truth about a father’s death.

Carpe E. M.
Top five, New York Midnight Madness Flash Fiction.
A magical librarian lamenting the loss of adjectives and adverbs confronts the ghost of the author she holds responsible.

Academia, Amusement, and Music
Published Placentia, NL, Come Home Year book, 2012 and on the Downhome Magazine website.
A memoir: My School Days in Placentia, Newfoundland.

The Rebirth of Rose
First Place, Wyn Lit 2-Four, # 51.
A woman trapped in an abusive relationship contemplates her fate. Can she summon the courage to escape?

Lighting the Beacon
First Place, Wyn Lit 2-Four, #49
A seventeen-year-old boy with a lame leg has only minutes to climb the one hundred steps in his father’s lighthouse. He must light the beacon in time to avert disaster.

The End of the Harvest
First Place, Writers Weekly ezine Short Story Contest.
The passage of life, the poignancy of loss, from an unexpected perspective.

Lost Forever
Published, Wynterblue Confabulation 4
A grieving widow turned hoarder accepts organizational help from her two nieces.

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The following four short stories are published in Wynterblue’s Confabulation 3:

A Button in Time
A tiny button is the only connection between an anxious widower and his long-lost daughter.

Tall Letters
A deluded woman’s determination to become a supermodel.

Terminal Endearment
A young woman struggling to win her mother-in-law’s approval.

X Equals Fifteen
A health care worker’s frustration with the limitations of his job.

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Buryin’ Day Today
Second Place, FreeFall Magazine Short Story Contest. Submitted by publishers of FreeFall to Journey Prize Jury.
A young woman on a routine trip to the UBC campus soon regrets choosing “this day, this bus.”

Have and Have Not
Published, Placentia Charter (May, 2009) and Downhome magazine (December, 2009). This article is a portrait of memories–my father’s and mine–and a result of research for in-progress novel set in Argentia, NL.
The upheaval created in the lives of the residents of Argentia, NL, during WWII when their tiny fishing/farming community was transformed, almost overnight, into a strategic naval base.

Castles in the Sand
First Place, Wyn-Lit Short Story Contest.
A snapshot of a man’s journey from middle class to homeless.

Bacon & Eggs
Published Wynterblue Confabulation 2 Anthology.
A woman dealing with loss and remembering joy.

Introduction Time at the Book Man

Introduction time at the Book Man in Chilliwack.

Winner of a Free Copy of PASSAGES

Winner of a free copy of Annie’s book PASSAGES.

Sharing A Smile With A Fellow Book Lover

Sharing a smile with a fellow book lover at the Chilliwack Book Man.