Writing is communal, despite what they say about it being a lonely art. Yes, you can keep a personal journal and you can write in a secret diary, and these can be wonderful things. But being a writer is about getting your work read. Putting your work out there to share with the world. This is what art is about, the communal emotions born from the human condition. Painters need eyes. Writers need readers.
So, when the Hemingway Foundation of Oak Park called for submissions to its annual Hemingway Shorts publication, that is what we had in mind. Writers sharing. And that’s what we got. Some 200 submissions were taken. And at the end of a long, tedious, sometimes difficult process, eleven pieces were chosen for publication. One, and only one, was the winner, a beautiful story by Veryan Williams-Wynn entitled The Empty Chair. Veryan is from Devon, England and she signifies the great reach of our submissions.
She, like so many others, shared the work. And we thank you for the courage, for it certainly takes courage to offer your work to the world, shining a light on wonderful stories.
The Hemingway Shorts, Volume 3 is available HERE.
Those who were chosen for publication are listed below:
Runner-Up: Everything That’s Something Must Come From Chicago by Jennifer Sears
Finalists: (in no particular order)
Bairro Portugues by Sharon Willdin
Last To Leave by Lisa Ferranti
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by Genevieve K. Waller
The Crossing Guard by Floyd Sullivan T
The Canalways of Kerala by David Alan Peizer
Analisa’s Letter by Dottie Sines
Intention by Melanie Haney
Bomb Threat by Gregory Joseph Imhoff
Chardonnay by Rob Vogt