Winning Short Story: A CHRISTMAS REUNION by Joy Lin

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

The twin brother of a man comes home for Christmas after disappearing for 5 years and stirs up all sorts of emotions.

What genres would you say this short story is in?


How would you describe this story in two words?

Unexpected and intriguing.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Shawshank Redemption.

How long have you been working on this story?

It was written in 30 min in Chinese 2 years ago and it took me about an hour to translate into English for this festival.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Fight Club.

What motivated you to write this story?

I saw these adorable twin boys at a diner and wondered what would happen if they both grew up to be heartthrobs.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Kevin Smith.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I’m a stand-up comedian!

What influenced you to enter the 1pg. Short Story contest?

I feel like an 1-page short story is like a photograph. If it’s done well, the readers would get a glimpse of a world and leave wanting to know more.

Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?

If you enjoyed the writing process, you’ve succeeded.


Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

By writingfest

Monthly Festival showcasing the best of new novels from around the world. Novel transcripts get performed by professional actors. OR, we also turn novels into movies and seen by 1000s online and at various film festivals.

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