Winning Short Story: Problems With My Mastercard by Richard Kearns

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It’s about the desperate loneliness of some folks who latch onto tv marketplaces and the karma of the guy answering the phone. He’s sympathetic but flustered and tired. It happens every year but he doesn’t know what to do. One of the millions of similar scenes signaling the slow and ugly death of capitalism.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Flash fiction.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Alone together

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Kurowsawa’s “Dreams”‘

How long have you been working on this story?

I wrote most of it in 20 minutes then returned to it a year later and tweaked it a bit.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Don Quixote

What motivated you to write this story?

Something very similar happened to me and I couldn’t get it out of my head. Then I got the idea of it happening over and over again, reminded me of a short poem I wrote 20 years ago called

She locks the doors twice
at night
after hearing the voices
calling her.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Neil Young

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Journalism and music.

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

I received an email notice about it and loved the idea.

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

Read, read, read and go to readings too. Send your work out there and try to get reactions, good, bad or indifferent.


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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