I received word yesterday from Ann Cecil, the contest coordinator, that I won the Fifteenth Annual PARSEC Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest! I'm still shaking my head and grinning like a fool. If I tell my wife one more time, she's going to...well, it might not be pleasant.
What an honor!
My thanks go out to all the folks at PARSEC and authors John Scalzi, Paul Melko, and Karina Sumner-Smith for judging the contest. Special shout-outs to my beta reader, the lovely and talented Christine Wood, and my writing group buddies, Jeff Narucki and Janette Lusty. Thanks, guys!
And here's what I had to go on:
"The Color of Silence"
Use this as a metaphor, literally, or anything in between for your genre story. As this is a themed contest, your interpretation of the theme element must be integral to the story. Only an incidental mention of the theme will count against you. Please remember, though, that Confluence attracts many families, and the story will be printed in the program book. A certain restraint and subtlety is called for.
Check out PARSEC. I'm sure glad I did!