PRW Runner-Up Tour: Red by Ryanne Kap

Posted by on Jun 26, 2014 in Project REUTSway | No Comments
PRW Runner-Up Tour: Red by Ryanne Kap

The first time it happened was on my sixth birthday. According to Mama, that meant I was old enough to start helping with the chores and picking up odd jobs around the village. I was also old enough to know that birthdays were meant to be celebrated not as some silly little rite of passage, […]

PRW Runner-Up Tour: Bloodwish by CC Dowling

Posted by on Jun 19, 2014 in Project REUTSway | No Comments
PRW Runner-Up Tour: Bloodwish by CC Dowling

The back of my grandfather’s antique shop is usually off-limits. But I’m jonesing to light something on fire and there was a cool looking flip-top lighter with a dragon on it last time I was here. Maybe I’ll torch one of his rare coo-coo clocks that chimes incessantly and makes me crazy. Or maybe I’ll […]

PRW Runner-Up Tour: Liar, Liar by Kathleen Palm

Posted by on Jun 12, 2014 in Project REUTSway | No Comments
PRW Runner-Up Tour: Liar, Liar by Kathleen Palm

I conned my way in. The esteemed Twelve Crown Academy accepted me because I gave them what they wanted … the perfect student. Clarissa Grand. Smart, talented, beautiful and all a lie, a cheat. Well, except for the gorgeous part. After a day of wandering across campus to another round of boring classes, I shuffle […]

PRW Runner-Up Tour: Love of Death by Mandy Springer

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Project REUTSway | No Comments
PRW Runner-Up Tour: Love of Death by Mandy Springer

Chapter One – Godfather Sephtis stood at the foot of the four-poster bed.  He watched the woman as she held her daughter for the first and last time.  Compassion and sadness welled in him at the poignant scene.   The woman lifted her eyes from the baby and saw him.  He awaited her reaction with […]

PRW Runner-Up Tour: Balance by Tiffany Rose

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Project REUTSway | No Comments
PRW Runner-Up Tour: Balance by Tiffany Rose

“I do believe in fairies,” Peter Pan said with all of his heart, carefully cradling a fairy in his hands. One of the fairy’s translucent wings was bent like someone had swatted the creature out of the air. She had blonde hair and a little green dress made out of leaves. While she was beautiful, […]

PRW Runner-Up Tour: Raising Supernatural Hell by Carly Drake

Posted by on May 22, 2014 in Project REUTSway | No Comments
PRW Runner-Up Tour: Raising Supernatural Hell by Carly Drake

RIIIINK-AH-DINK-CLINK-CLINK, RIIINK-AH-DINK-CLINK-CLINK I slid my plate across the metal bars of my cell over and over, their ringing melody annoying my guard for the past hour. I suppose that I should be fortunate that my cell was so far removed from any of the other prisoners. I don’t need any more enemies or eyes witnessing […]

PRW Runner-Up Tour: The Nightingale by Alexandra Perchanidou

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Project REUTSway | No Comments
PRW Runner-Up Tour: The Nightingale by Alexandra Perchanidou

Beautiful songs which can capture the heart. Sounds so soothing that can make even the hearts made of ice melt. She was a nightingale, a pure spirit of the forest which loved to sing. She and her kind were one of the most ancient shifters, capable to transform and aid the forest and sometimes the […]

PRW Runner-Up Tour: No Need for Crowns by Ashley Bacon

Posted by on May 8, 2014 in Project REUTSway | One Comment
PRW Runner-Up Tour: No Need for Crowns by Ashley Bacon

Cinderella is beautiful in ways I will never be. Her hair feels like fine silk, her face is curved like a heart and her cheeks are blushed pink. When she sings, birds fly to the window to listen. I, on the other hand, must survive in this cruel world without the benefit of appearing lovely […]

PRW Runner-Up Tour: A Twist of Conscience by Samantha Redstreake Geary

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Project REUTSway | No Comments
PRW Runner-Up Tour: A Twist of Conscience by Samantha Redstreake Geary

The night calls to me, its breath alive with slippery temptations. I scan the shadows of the cobblestone alley for things that creep and crawl. They dive and dart past pools of light, cast by the flickering glow of midnight torches. How I longed for the chase. I cursed the mouth of glass, cracked in […]

The Anatomy of a Successful Short Story

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Writing Advice | 4 Comments

Short stories. Some people love them, others can’t stand them. But no one can deny they’re an entirely different creature from novels. This week, I’ve been judging entries for the ProjectREUTSway competition held during the month of November. Buried amid 144 short stories, I started to think about what exactly makes one “successful”. I think […]