Thanks to the small online literary mag THE COURTSHIP OF WINDS for accepting my short story, “Everyone Here Comes from Somewhere Else.” This is one of those stories that is kind of a hard sell, and I’m very grateful someone appreciates it. And thanks, as always, to God, Kalene, my kids, my friends, and my readers.
I’m pleased to announce that my short story, “Hyacinth,” is forthcoming in an issue of THE BROADKILL REVIEW, a magazine I have a good history with. I shall announce when the issue goes live in a few months.
Please check out my latest publication, an essay on politics and the recent election, at Role Reboot.
If you’re into political writing and art, follow a new Medium site with which I’m associated, A Time to Speak.
You might also want to read a piece of narrative nonfiction I’ve posted on my personal Medium site. Check it out here.
I have just received word that Candy’s First Kiss has won one of two Honorable Mentions at the 2014 WeScreenplay International Screenwriting Competition. It was one of five scripts to receive an award.
One of the judges said this about the script: “A thrilling little slice of the zombie genre that stands out amidst a crowded field of competitors. Candy’s quest is brimming with tension, action, and some great humor that plays up the darkness of the story. ”
A full list of winners can be found here. Congratulations to the other winners, finalists, semi-finalists, and quarter-finalists. Indeed, congratulations to everyone who entered. I know how hard it is to create something that did not exist before and how tough it is to put your creation out there for the world to see. I salute your hard work and your courage.
Thanks so much to WeScreenplay and the judges for believing in my story. I truly appreciate it. And, as always, thanks to God, Kalene, my family and friends, and every single reader and fan. Whether you love my stuff or hate it, I appreciate you for giving it a chance.
Anyone interested in optioning the script can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who haven’t heard:
Candy’s First Kiss has won the Gold Prize in the horror genre at the 2014 Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest.
It has also been named a finalist (top 25) at the 2014 WeScreenplay Contest. Winners will be announced on February 20th. If the script places, I’ll let you know here.
Interested agents, studios, and production companies can contact me at email@example.com.
CANDY’S FIRST KISS placed third overall in the feature-length screenplay category–really fourth, behind both first and second place and the Grand Prize winner. So that’s one Grand Prize in the horror genre and one third place overall. If you’re interested, you can follow the link below and scroll down past the film awards to the writing competitions, and there I’ll be. As always, thanks to God, Kalene, my readers, my family, and my friends. And thanks to the London Film Awards for believing in the project.
For those who haven’t heard, I adapted my short story “An Element of Blank” (first published in The Evansville Review) into a feature-length screenplay entitled Candy’s First Kiss. Last week, I received word that this manuscript won the horror/sci-fi grand prize at the New York Screenplay Contest.
You can find a list of all 2014 winners here.
Agents, studios, and others interested in optioning this screenplay can contact me at my email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Subtle Dance of Impulse and Light, my short story collection, has been published by Ink Brush Press. You can buy it from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/The-Subtle-Dance-Impulse-Light/dp/0988863200/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1367981041&sr=8-1&keywords=brett+riley
The issue of Folio with my story “The Cat in the Backyard” has gone to print. Look for it soon wherever you get your literary magazines. For more information about Folio, look here.