It has been a pretty incredible summer for me for a lot of reasons, the latest being that on Wednesday, Paste Magazine announced me as the winner of their That Summer writing contest. The contest was held in conjunction with Biographile’s That Summer series which featured short, non-fiction stories by authors such as Margaret Atwood, Jo-Jo Moyes, Sophie Kinsella, Bret Anthony Johnston and more. To have my name appear on the same page as some of these authors and to be included in the series is, in the truest sense of the word, awesome.
The series was based on memories of a summer that changed you or touched you in some way. I actually wrote two pieces, one about the summer of my first kiss and the one that I ultimately decided to enter, a story about the summer my father passed away. In the way that fate often works, tomorrow is the anniversary of my father’s passing nine years ago. The night I write about in the story would be tonight. It seems incredibly fitting to share it with you all today.
Additionally, Nick DeLorenzo was awarded an honorable mention for his story, The Leap. When I read it last night, I understood why it captured the attention of the editors. Please head on over to Nick’s blog and have a read.
In true Wine and Cheese (Doodles) fashion, expect a blog post later about how difficult it is finding the balance between pride and arrogance.
In the meantime, I truly hope you’ll take a few moments to read both pieces.
Once again, thank you for all your support and words of encouragement.
Link to the announcement:
Story on Paste:
Whole series on Biographile:
Nick Delorenzo’s Story, The Leap: