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Teri B Clark – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

Watermelon Eating Contest  by Teri B Clark

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your short story about?

The Watermelon Eating Contest takes a humorous look at small town culture and competition.

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Realistic Fiction, Humor, Short Story

How would you describe this story in two words?

Watermelon bluff

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Gone With the Wind

How long have you been working on this story?

I wrote it in an afternoon

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No, I simply love to read. My most recent favorite was The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

What motivated you to write this story?

I was given a writing prompt – “Eating Watermelon.” I immediately thought of July 4th and my small town’s celebration with contests for seed spitting and hotdog eating.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would love to have dinner with Taylor Swift. I love her clean and fresh style and really love how she gives back to her community and fans.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about my family, my relationship with God, and helping others.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I have been writing non-fiction stories for years and have been thinking about branching out. This is my first attempt at publishing something fiction.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Don’t let the little voice in your head that says it isn’t good enough stop you from writing!

Monique Amato – October 2016 Short Story Winner

Performed by Michelle Alexander

October 2016 Winning Short Story

TOUCHING MY SPINE  by Monique Amado

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your short story about?

The story is written from the point of view of a novel which is spotted across a café by a young woman. It happens to be her favorite book.

What genres would you say this story story is in?

Fiction. Fan fiction.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Reality suspension.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

How long have you been working on this story?

I worked on it specifically for this contest. It took about 2 hours.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin

What motivated you to write this story?

A combination of my love of books, The Lord of the Rings stories, and cafés.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Bono

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Faith, possibility, books, music, film, acting, the arts in general.

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I like the spontaneity of writing short fiction and flash fiction. I don’t plan what I’m going to write, I just start typing or scribbling.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

Write every day. Never give up. Always expect something amazing to happen, even if it has to happen on the page first.