Faye Rapoport DesPres


A third place win for my first mystery story


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.…

My post/essay “Fireworks” is up at the Superstition Review Blog


Many thanks to the editors and students at Superstition Review, the literary journal out of Arizona State University. Today they published my guest post/essay, “Fireworks” on the journal’s online blog.

I’ve written for Superstition Review’s blog before; last time I wrote just 10 days after the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Guest contributors to the blog take different approaches to their posts; some offer writing tips or share writing experiences and others write short creative pieces (it’s a wonderful blog to bookmark, by the way). My first post on the blog, titled “What does this have to do with writing?” described the experience of being under lockdown as the authorities searched for the surviving bomber, and then used that experience to consider what makes a topic something one eventually writes about.

This time I went in a different direction and wrote what amounts to a short personal essay. Does this one have anything to do with writing? Here’s the link if you want to find out:


I have signed a contract for my first book!


I have just been given permission to announce some exciting news. I have signed a contract for my first book, tentatively titled MESSAGE FROM A BLUE JAY, with an independent press called Buddhapuss Ink LLC. Buddhapuss Ink was founded by 30-year publishing professional MaryChris Bradley, and its current titles include books in the crime thriller and mystery categories, as well as two Independent Publisher Book Awards winners from the Stone Trilogy series. I am honored that Buddhapuss Ink has chosen my manuscript as it adds the creative nonfiction category to its future interests. And could the logo below be more appropriate for my first book? This is in honor of my beloved elderly cat Tribbs, who is ailing but is still with us as of today.

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My essay, “Walden Revisited,” has been published by Connotation Press: An Online Artifact


This morning I woke up early, sat down at my computer and, before switching off the Internet (which I usually do so I can focus on my writing), took a look at the wonderful online journal Connotation Press: An Online Artifact. I had to see it with my own eyes to be sure: yes, my essay “Walden, Revisited” has been published in their March issue.

This is my second appearance in Connotation Press; In January of 2011 the journal published “No One Watches the Old Lady Dance.” And I couldn’t be happier to be back in this journal. In addition to publishing fantastic work, the journal is home to some of the warmest, most generous editors I have so far met in the literary world. Ken Robidoux (Editor-in-Chief), Robert Clark Young (CNF Editor), and Meg Tuite (Fiction Edtior) are lively, talented, prolific artists who are dedicated not only to the production of a fine journal but also to supporting the writers they publish (and I’m sure even those they don’t). I don’t know the poetry editor, Kaite Hillenbrand, but I know enough about her to say that she is also a mover and a shaker.

I wrote the first draft of “Walden, Revisited” as a journal entry on an October day two years ago while sitting at the edge of Walden Pond. My laptop was propped up on a retaining wall near a small beach area that is crowded with swimmers every summer. That day was actually my birthday, but that fact got dropped out of the journal entry as it was transformed over the weeks and months that followed into an essay that meditates on the pond and the natural world.

I hope you enjoy “Walden, Revisited.” And be sure to check out the work of the other writers featured in this journal. Every issue absorbs and surprises, and is a worthy read.…

A Small Bit of Publishing News


Picture 1It’s a cold, snowy afternoon in Boston (quite a change from hot and humid Florida, where I was last week) and I thought I’d pass on some publicatin news.

I mentioned in an earlier post that I was one of four writers who contributed to the November “Exquisite Quartet,” a column published by Meg Tuite in Used Furniture Review. Meg has now compiled all of 2012′s columns in a print anthology, and it is available through Lulu here.

It was quite an experiencing being the third of four writers to write a single story in succession. It was really fun, actually, and my thanks go out to Meg for inviting me to participate and for producing this anthology.