Published in Winter 2021 issue of Sixfold: “Playing Chess with Bulls”

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 North Carolina Writers’ Network, the state’s oldest and largest literary arts organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. This year’s judge was Monique Truong, author of the highly acclaimed novels The Book of Salt, The Sweetest Fruits, and Bitter in the Mouth. For more information, visit

“Playing Chess with Bulls” also placed third in the writer-voted publication, Sixfold, and has just been published in the Winter 2021 issue.

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Published by sarahb47

Sarah Blanchard writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry from her home in western North Carolina.

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