Winning Short Story:Sequoia Seeds by Mattheus Carpenter

Performed by Hugh Ritchie

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It’s about how the tiny seeds in the cones of the majestic Sequoia trees are analogous to the fact that even the smallest ideas I have can blossom into magnificent discoveries, ideas, accomplishments, acts of kindness, etc.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Memoir, Personal Narrative.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Ideas matter (no matter how small)

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Sun Valley Serenade

How long have you been working on this story?

1 year, on and off. I tweak it from time to time.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Wrinkle in Time

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to inspire people, as well as myself, to keep dreaming up ideas

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Leonardo da Vinci or the sculptor David Smith

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Jazz music, making films, traveling the globe

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

I loved the idea that someone might perform my story. I wanted to see how the actors interpreted it.

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

Just keep the ideas flowing – never stop and never be shy to share your work.


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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