In The Land of Cane, by Mark Shannon

Mark Shannon is one of the 2009 Awards Program finalists.  Below is an excerpt from the prologue and first chapter of his entry, In The Land of Cane. ——– The river was smooth and it wound murkily, rising with the seasonal rains and receding with the...

Where Luck Lies, by Mary Larkin

2009 SFWP Awards Program finalist Mary Larkin presents Where Luck Lies. This story has since been published in Shenandoah . ——— Had his life been a movie, Josh Jordan would not have gotten the role – he was all wrong for the part. Too tall, too...

The Revelation of Everything (excerpt)

I was born by the Cross River in a little tent and just like the Cross River, I’ve been running ever since. —Phoenix Starr (from his remake of Sam Cooke’s Change Gonna Come) Snow fell again like feathers tumbling from the sky and when they hit the concrete, they...

Excerpt from Henry’s Secret, by Robert Gately

From 2009 Literary Awards Finalist Robert Gately comes Henry’s Secret. ——– Pastor McMillan and Henry Wolff were sitting in the front pew in an empty church not too far from where Robin had her session with Doctor Tucker. Henry was feeling as if...

The Heart Is a Slow Learner, by Mary Larkin

2009 SFWP Awards Program finalist Mary Larkin presents The Heart Is a Slow Learner. This story has since been published in The Red Mountain Review. ——– I remember what we fought about, why she left. She wanted me to tell her I love her, and I...