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The Winner of Weeping Willow Books' first essay contest!
Ray Myer of Santa Barbara, CA, is the winner of Weeping Willow Books' first essay/short story contest! You can read Ray's essay, "Summer of Seventy," here. Ray will receive a copy of the 2019 Best American Short Stories, edited by Anthony Doerr.
We also are pleased to announce two honorable mentions: "Double Whammy—Pandemic," by Tana Sommer, also of Santa Barbara, and "Hell is Paved with Good Intentions," by Golnaz Montagné, of Marsielle, France. We thank all of you who submitted pieces—we received dozens of entries.
Congratulations to all!
When disillusioned businessman Billy Boustany stumbles upon the ability to slip into a surprising new version of his sleepy midwestern city, St. Louis, he begins a journey that is most fun he’s had in years—until it turns into an obsession that upends his life, his family, and everything he knows.
Looking for an escape from the troubles of his failing business, Billy discovers a teeming metropolis with iridescent skyscrapers and throngs of immigrants and tourists from all over the world. As he explores, he meets peculiar allies and experiences raucous celebrations. Billy questions his sanity as he struggles to make sense of this bizarre world.
Billy also meets a formidable enemy – the Knights, a shadowy organization with a mission to keep people like him out of their world. When his daughter disappears at the hands of the Knights, Billy and his wife go on a frantic search to find her in the other city. It leads to heartbreak, then to a new beginning.
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November Writing Prompts
What and who are you grateful for?
Who do you take for granted? What would you tell that person if you could?
How do you discount your own feelings and intuition, and what can you do to change that?