NEW FICTION – “Untitled” – Writer’s Digest



I first scooped up a copy of Writer’s Digest at the recommendation of Stephen King’s “On Writing” years ago, still a new writer and looking for any resource that could help. That, and I’m a method actor: Playing the part of a writer meant doing shit like reading King and picking up writing magazines.

That’s where I encountered the “Your Story” contest. Flash fiction under 650 words based on a preselected photo prompt. The winner that month wrote a story that resonated with me, and I told myself I’d win one of those things some day.

I’m lying. What I actually told myself was “Your writing is absolute trash compared to this.”

But the origins don’t matter. It doesn’t change this:

Today is the day I won one of those things.

The competition was pretty stiff, and I’m incredibly fortunate to have won. For what it’s worth, I didn’t know I had to provide a story title, either, but I’m not sure what I would have named it even if I did.

I’m mostly just surprised Writer’s Digest selected my super weird (and kind of gory?) story. Really didn’t expect them to go for a piece that features some pretty visceral head trauma.



EDIT (03/10/22):

Story is now officially in print! I still can’t believe I walked into Barnes & Noble and purchased something I wrote. Did I die? Is this Heaven? I don’t know, but if I did, please don’t Photoshop my face into some clouds and put it on Facebook. That’s my literal nightmare.

NEW FICTION – “Clearest Waters”


Here’s a reason to celebrate: My very first paid publication is now live online. I’m fresh off a 50+ hour work week and half hallucinating, so I’m questioning whether this is real or not, but if my eyes don’t deceive me, you can read my short story “Clearest Waters” HERE.

The submission call asked for a 100 word (exact) short story fitting the theme “Underwater.” As a general hater of arthropods (nothing personal, y’all are just nasty & trifling), I knew what I had to write about.

I’m eternally grateful to Black Hare Press for giving me my first real publication. Their online “Dark Moments” collection is tremendously addicting, and don’t say I didn’t warn you. My story, along with the other monthly tales, will be collected in print in their YEAR THREE anthology, available Jan. 29, 2022.

YEAR THREE: Dark Moments and Patreon by [Black Hare Press, D. Kershaw, Ben Thomas]