So, here is the essay in Brevity. I hope you like it. My first serious publication…. Here’s to you, Daniel.

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Happy to share our second-place winner in the Mystery and Memory Contest, from Mary Collins

pic-victorIn the Looney Tunes cartoons of the seventies, Wile E. Coyote runs out of road and hurtles headlong over cliffs, legs pedaling hilariously in mid-air. Sylvester the cat, flattened by a steamroller, peels himself off the road, shakes himself out, and gets back to pursuing Tweetie Pie.

How we laugh.

I am eleven when I almost kill my brother. It is summer vacation and, bored, we make a game of bounding from one end of our long hallway to the half-glazed front door at the other in fewer than ten leaps. Daniel is a year older than I, his wiry legs longer. I am stationed beside the door counting aloud his scissoring strides when a magnificent vision comes to me: If I open the door he’ll continue, Wile E-style, out into the air beyond…

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Contest win in Brevity Journal

Exciting news about an essay I submitted to Brevity journal’s recent flash non-fiction contest. The contest called for a new take on a familiar memory, as though seeing it for the first time, and finding in it some insight or twist that you’d not considered before.

Feeling very excited about getting a tiny toe in the water in my favorite (and dare I say, illustrious) journal. I have long been in literary-love with its editor, Dinty W. Moore….

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antWe are pleased to announce the winners of our 2013 Mystery and Memory Flash Essay Contest,  based on Philip Graham’s writing prompt in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers (and reproduced in the January issue as a Craft Essay). Our winners are:

1st place: Candace Opper, “The Old Lady in the Ditch.”

2nd place: Mary Collins, “Leap.”

3rd place: Ryder Ziebarth, “Distilled Memory.”

Here is what our judge, Philip Graham, author, teacher, and nonfiction editor of the literary/arts journal Ninth Letter, had to say about the finalist (chosen from more than 200 entries):

“It was a pleasure reading the work of all eight finalists, and especially that of the first, second and third place winners.  The flash nonfiction essays of each contest winner share, along with beautifully wrought prose, an individual twist on the…

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