Mash Stories is a quarterly online writing competition in which an author is given three random words to be woven into a story of 500 words or less. Submissions that are shortlisted are published on the site, and compete for a top prize of cash and coaching.
A few quarters ago, my story, "Independent Contractor," was shortlisted, and I have to say, I think it is one of my better efforts. And now I'm immensely proud to share that a sequel to that story, "Art Education," with the return of the deadly Miss Hafir, has been shortlisted for the current competition.
One reason I like these two stories so much is that, while I consider myself a multi-genre writer, the bulk of my work sits squarely within the realm of Speculative Fiction (an umbrella term for science fiction, fantasy and horror, for those of you unfamiliar with the label). But my flash pieces on Mash Stories are more action/thriller. The role models for most of my work are folk like Robert Heinlein and Stephen KIng, while for these stories, I've tried to channel my inner John D. MacDonald.
So click on over to the site and give it a read. If you like it, I'd be honored if you'd give it a kudo, and I'd be thrilled if you leave a comment.
Thanks for reading!