I’ve been bereft at the sudden closure of the Wellington Central Library last month. I used to go there two or three times a week but now I have to check the opening hours of another branch and get in my car – so I haven’t bothered. I thought I would make a dent in my TBR shelf of at least 80 books (I know – it’s a problem) but instead, I bought another five new books (and read them I hasten to add).
But today, I received these four books from the North and South Magazine as a prize for my highly commended entry in their Short, Short Story Competition. The word limit was 300 words and my story “Persephone” is one that I’ve tinkered with on and off for years.
This is the email I received from N&S editor, Virginia Larson: Our judges had a devilishly difficult time choosing the winner and two runners-up for our Short, Short Story competition – there were so many strong contenders. Your story “Persephone” missed out by a whisker, but I’m hoping you’ll let us publish it as a “Highly Commended” (May issue, on sale April 15).
I am stoked. If you want to read more than the first sentence of my story, go out and buy this issue: