I have some fun and exciting news to share today.
The winners have just been announced in the MYSTERY TIMES TEN 2013 Short Story Competition sponsored by the independent small press Buddhapuss Ink (publisher of my first book, due this spring). My story, “Who Let the Cats Out?”, won 3rd place out of 200 entries in the competition, which was judged by an independent panel of readers and publishing pros. The ten winning stories will be featured in an upcoming print and Kindle anthology set to be published in October.
You can read the full list of contest winners here.
I had a wonderful time writing this story, which I submitted in June. It was based on the characters and setting I created for the NaNoWriMo “novel” that I penned last November during the annual challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in one month. Although what you really get after that exercise is a rough draft full of ideas that might or might not ever become an actual novel, that proved to be exactly what I needed to pen my first mystery short story.
Many thanks to the judges and to Buddhapuss Ink. This small press has a number of exciting things coming up, including a full redesign of their website, more literary competitions, and new books. I’ll keep you posted on the news and opportunities.