Because it’s summer, and we are all feeling a little lazy and languid. And because there’s already been a bunch of talk about short stories this week (apologies to non-Irreantum subscribers who don’t get to get in on the action — of course, there is a remedy for that). And because there’s simply a lot still to talk about with the posts that have been posted so far this week. And because I’m curious. This is what Short Story Friday is this week:
What’s going on?
Anybody enter the Irreantum fiction contest? Sources* tell me that the stories were heavy on the speculative fiction and sex. I’m not quite sure how to take that. How about the Sunstone contests? Anybody else have anything cooking that they can talk about right now**? Anybody have something to say about The Mormon Short Story?
I did not enter the Irreantum contest this year. I worked on several stories, but couldn’t settle on one and simply blew the deadline because nothing came together in time. However, I did produce a short short piece for the Sunstone contest. I also have a story coming out in the fall Dialogue. It’s actually a set of longish short short stories on a common theme, which means I seem to be having the most success with work less than 2k words. This will do nothing to dispel my reputation as the Master of the Slight and Shallow. On the other hand, I’m almost done with the first draft of a story that I already have 5k words written and will probably swell to 6k when all is said and edited. I wish I could tell you more about it, but it may be contest bound next year. I’ve begun to realize that I need to think 6 months to a year out rather than 10-12 weeks.
* Okay, this doesn’t sound as cool, but Chris Bigelow posted something on Facebook about it (without divulging anything he shouldn’t).
** Don’t tell us details if you plan on entering contests with the work — there could be current or future judges lurking.