Short Stories

I write short stories for early readers, middle-grade readers, and young adults (as well as the occasional story for regular adults who are young at heart).

Early Readers

My short story “A Forest Full of Stars” appears in the July, 2018 issue of Highlights.  A PDF of the story, with illustrations by Marcin Piwowarski, can be found by clicking on this link.  A Forest Full of Stars – Highlights, July 2018  (Copyright © Highlights for Children, Inc., Columbus, Ohio. All rights reserved. Used by permission.)

Middle-Grade Readers

A short story entitled “From A to Z” was published in Issue 12 of Stew Magazine (Jan./Feb. 2016).  A snapshot of the spread (with beautiful artwork by Alina Surnaite) can be found here.

My story “The Midnight Owl of Gumbucket Hill” was a Special Mention Finalist for the 2016 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing.

My short story “Surface People” appears in print in the 2017 issue of DoveTales: An International Journal of the ArtsThe journal’s theme for that year was “Refugees and the Displaced.”

Young Adults and Older Readers

My YA short story “The Otchka” appears in print in Issue 23 of Hunger Mountain (Spring, 2019).

A YA short story entitled “Creeping Jenny,” published online in Issue 12 of Lunch Ticket (Winter/Spring, 2018), can be found here.

My short story “Quartet in D Minor, Opus 30: A Ghost Story” won the Winter 2016 F(r)iction Short Story Contest, judged by Simon Tolkien, and was printed in Issue 8 of F(r)iction (Summer, 2017).  The announcement can be found here.

A short story entitled “Echo,” published in Young Adult Review Network (YARN) in December, 2013, can be found here.

My short story “How to Juggle” was a finalist for the Gival Press Short Story Award and longlisted for the Cosmonauts Avenue Fiction Prize.  Published online in the May, 2018 issue of Cosmonauts Avenue, it can be found here.

A video clip from an M.F.A. student reading at Austin’s amazing independent bookstore Malvern Books, in which I read the opening pages of my short story “How to Juggle,” can be found here.