A man of principle (Fourth place in heat 78, genre: political satire) NYC Midnight Short Story Competition Round 1

‘The Prime Minister is a compellingly dark, brutish character the reader loves to hate. Effective, sophisticated and maximum use of details.’ Judge 1

‘The Prime Minister’s constant focus on unimportant matters is funny and poignant, from worrying about Watson’s fertility, considering funding research on tinnitus, plotting his post-Prime Ministership to needing to get home to his wife to enjoy her cleavage, all while the world is seemingly on fire.’ Judge 2 

‘This was a fun read. […] I liked the set up of the Prime Minister being on a mission he would rather not be on and being totally preoccupied with something else. I liked that the story dealt with the fires in Australia.’ Judge 3


A visitor’s tax (Finalist, genre: science fiction) in NYC Midnight Short Story Competition Round 3

‘Bordering on a prose poem, the story reads rather like a sci-fi fable.’ Judge 1

‘The play of nature versus humanity was nicely done.  The cadence of the writing was almost like a lullaby.’ Judge 2

‘I love your big picture idea of Sona—descended from Goddess and Earthling—undertaker, preparing to impose a “death tax” on the human beings who have failed to see her planet as a living, breathing entity and instead view it simply as resources for them to exploit. The connection of sunrise to death is powerful. Sona’s descriptions of what matters—like the waft of honeysuckle—do a great job of revealing her heart to us and her fervent wish that she could awaken that understanding in Earthlings in some other way then the “death tax” soon to be levied.’ Judge 3

Secrets (Fourth place in heat 12, genre: historical fiction) in NYC Midnight Short Story Competition Round 2

‘This is a rather fine psychological historical fiction.  It is rife with the terror of being alive in the Warsaw Ghetto.  It is quite an intense and well-written short story, reminiscent […] of Jerzy Kosinski, and the Painted Bird. ‘ Judge 3

‘I felt the tightness of the tunnel from your descriptions, […] your story really paid attention to the senses, which is important and often overlooked.’ Judge 1

‘Your imagery was really strong throughout this piece. […] I also appreciated the sensitive relationship between the protagonist and his companion – great work characterizing each one to add color their dynamic together.’  Judge 2

‘The image of the smell of “fresh grass” is of extraordinary note in this short story. “my eyes, like those of a hunting dog” is reminiscent of some of the best images of Szymborska.  Also, “Name him after your father.  It will make it easier to love him” is quite stunning in its resonance and peculiar candor.’ Judge 3

Serendipity (First place in heat 97, genre: fairy tale) NYC Midnight Short Story Competition Round 1

‘Wonderfully apt “fairy tale” conversational style in which this is written. […] the description of the food is quite scrumptious. […] Delightful piece of writing […].  This is a commendable fairy tale–one that further contributes to the genre itself.’ Judge 1

‘This is such a nice world with three fully engaging characters.  It’s got a great message, some darkness, some magic… everything a fairy tale should have. The structure of this story was solid and laid the foundation for which to mine a lot of heart. The images were visceral and tempting.’ Judge 2



ET was longlisted for Birdcatcher Books 2018 Short Story Competition


Secrets (Winner)  The Birdcatcher Books Magazine Submissions Competition


In-so-ever-between (3rd place) York Writers Annual Poetry Competition

‘As you would hope for a dialogue, the voices of this poem are especially sharp. The streams of short sentences, almost a series of epigrams, give it the feel of a kind of parable or mythic encounter. The final response is all the more unexpected for its specificity, after the string of elusive animal metaphors.’ JT Welsch

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