At The Writer, we
recently finished our first edits of articles for our February issue, where
you’ll be able to read the $1,000 winning entry in our 2010 short-story
contest, “Footnotes and Footlights.” Although fiction writers sometimes dislike
being asked where their stories come from, there are often, it turns out, good
stories behind their stories. I won’t give away the anecdote our winning
writer, Mark Wagstaff, gave me for our biographical sidebar, but let’s just say
that his fine tale about an aging, one-time actress began with a fleeting
glance at someone on the London subway.
Read more about Mark,
as well as his story and insightful comments about it from our judge, fiction
writer and teacher Susan Breen, when that issue comes out in early January.
Learn, too, why a male writer like Mark might actually prefer writing from the
first-person point of view of a woman.
-- Ron Kovach, senior
editor, The Writer
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