The 2012 Fish Anthology, titled Roommates & Other Stories, Memoirs & Poems was launched at the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry, Co.  Cork, Ireland, on July 11.  My story, “Roommates,” was awarded the Fish Short Story Prize. 

The contest judge, David Mitchell (Cloud Atlas, The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, number9dream, Black Swan Green) called it "a classy, satisfying, memorable piece of work."

Copies of the Fish Anthology are available in print and PDF from Fish Publishing

Clem Cairns, publisher, Fish Publishing, (left) Linda, and Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons and Three Ways to Capsize a Boat, outside St. Brendan’s Church on the square in Bantry at the Fish Anthology launch.

Photo courtesy Fish Publishing

Betty’s Branch,” a short story, was published in the September 2012 issue of 42 Magazine.

One Chair Away,” a short story, is just out in the Fall 2012 issue of Concho River Review.

Recent Appearance

Celebrated the publication of Kestrel 29 at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, West Virginia, April 12 -13. Besides reading from “Bordering on Sainthood,” “Roommates,” and a yet unpublished story, “Down in the Boondocks,” I participated in a panel discussion on character and a podcast on writing groups.  “Bordering on Sainthood,” appears in Kestrel 29.

About suspense writing...

    See the article on Julie Ann Walker in USA Today, April 4, to discover my favorite thriller:

Clover, A Literary Rag, V. 5, which includes my short story, “Whatever Will Do,” is now available from The Independent Writer’s Studio:

Conference Reading

November 9  I read from my short fiction at the OTHER WORDS Literary Conference in St. Augustine, Florida, at the invitation of Kestrel.  The  OTHER WORDS Literary Conference is sponsored by the Florida Literary Arts Coalition.

Three of Them,” was published in Clover, A Literary Rag, Winter 2013.  Find it here.

Without Goosebumps” is just out in Rosebud 56, Winter 2013/2014.  Purchase it here.

Nibbling at the Bloodstains,” a short story, is in the latest edition of Alabama Literary Review, just released in hard copy and online.  To purchase a copy or read the story online, click here.

Snow Globe” is one of four fiction pieces published in the June 2014 issue of The Dos Passos Review.  Read it here:

Roommates,” a short story, earned an Honorable Mention in the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest for 2014.  See the announcement at

Bordering on Sainthood” has been reprinted by Novelmasters.  Read the story here:

Breaking Point,” a short story, was named a finalist in the Rash Award in Fiction at Broad River Review in December.

Roommates” has been reprinted by Novelmasters.  Read the story here: