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 also a method actor: Playing the part of a writer meant doing shit like reading King and picking up writing magazines.
That issue is where I encountered their “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.
Yeah, I’m lying.
I actually told myself, “You suck 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. Maybe Missing Persons or Disappearance. But both of those are big trash, so it’s probably for the best I didn’t.
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.
Anyway, READ “UNTITLED” HERE!
I believe this will be in their print issue like past “Your Story” winners.