First Place in Stupefying Stories Writing Contest

This is a quick note about a short story I wrote for a prompt contest run by Stupefying Stories, 500 words with the title “For Sale: Used Time Machine. No Refunds!”

I’ve been working on novels for many years and haven’t practiced my short-story skills as much. But this piece of flash fiction worked, and won first place in the contest. Here’s what editor Pete Wood said about it:

When I created this contest, I expected nothing but tongue-in-cheek takes on time travel tropes. While several writers didn’t disappoint with humorous entries, the variety of the stories surprised me. It never occurred to me that my writing prompt could inspire a serious story, a literary story.

Roxana knocked it out of the park and she had some tough competition. Her depth of character and pathos in only five hundred words is a feat. I hope you like her story as much as I did. I think we’ll be hearing more from her.

And here’s the link. If you have time to read it, I hope you’ll enjoy it.