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“Playing Chess with Bulls” is a Finalist for Doris Betts Fiction Prize

Very excited! My latest short story, “Playing Chess with Bulls,” was selected as one of five finalists for the 2021 Doris Betts Fiction Prize, which honors the late novelist and short story writer Doris Betts. The contest, which drew 126 entries, is sponsored by the nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network, the state’s oldest and largest literaryContinue reading ““Playing Chess with Bulls” is a Finalist for Doris Betts Fiction Prize”

NC Writers Network

I’d like to give a quick shout-out to the NC-writers.org, which—among many other valuable services—offers a critiquing and editing service for writers of all stripes (essayists, poets, fiction writers, screenwriters). I’ve used this service a few times for short stories that felt a little “off.” When I’m having trouble with dialogue, or feel that I’mContinue reading “NC Writers Network”

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