Winning Short Story: THE POET by Stephen Karnaghan

Performed by Geoff Mays

 
Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

‘The Poet’ is a story about the lies we have to live in order to be accepted and praised. Even at the end of time, the protagonist has to lie to be accepted, when his truth is lost for ever.

Why should this story be read by people?

All the artists of the world, working to be recognised, and working to have their work loved by the masses have to create a body of work that is accepted. Is this the true message they want to put across? How would they react in the same circumstances?

How would you describe this story in two words?

Truth lost

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

‘Koyaanisqatsi’ by Phillip Glass.

How long have you been working on this story?

As I work on several things at the same time, it is difficult to say how long it takes me to write something. I really wanted to write something positive, that at the end of time truth would take centre stage. However, I couldn’t write that.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

At the moment my favorite novel is ‘The Beckett Trilogy’. Each time I read it I find new writing to enjoy.

What motivated you to write this story?

After reading ‘The Beckett Trilogy’ I thought about death and how it is treated in commercial literature. From my initial planning I thought about the end of time and how it would be treated.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I would like to have dinner with a really successful writer in order to understand their idea generation process.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I am passionate about composing music that has not been heard before. Music that helps people create.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

My main aim is for my writing to have an audience. The Novel Festival is the best way of doing this.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: Seedy Hotel Sex by R James Turley

Performed by Geoff Mays

 Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

A guy angered from rejection.

Why should this story be read by people?

Because I think a lot of people can relate to getting rejected by someone they lust after.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Lonely heart.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Major League.

How long have you been working on this story?

One day

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No, just love fiction.

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to write something erotic.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Sir Paul McCartney

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Baseball

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

An email

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

Just keep writing.

*****

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Winning Short Story: On the Hill by Kenya Abney

Performed by Geoff Mays

Get to know the writer:

What is your story about?

The main character’s childhood boyfriend breaks up with her before they go off to college. It is about how she lets that event overshadow all the events unfolding around her.

Why should this story be read by people?

Everyone has experienced an unexpected ending of a relationship. Some people live in the emotions of loss. Others take a pause and move unto the next moments in life.

How would you describe this story in two words?

Relatable experience.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Love Jones

How long have you been working on this story?

It took me a couple of hours to write it. And, it took a little longer for me to cut it down to fit on one page.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

No.

What motivated you to write this story?

I wrote it based on a writing prompt that I found online.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Alice Walker. She has lived an interesting life. She creates great characters. I would like to get her perspective on life and writing.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

I enjoy reading, watching movies and dramatic television. To be honest, I am still discovering/uncovering my passions.

What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

One of my resolutions for this year is to give my writing a chance to be read. I entered the Novel Festival because it is amazing for someone to bring my words to life. I am interested to see how a professional actor would interpret what I wrote.

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

1. You probably won’t get it right on the first try. Allow those words to give you freedom. Whether it is good or bad, write it down. You can do rewrites until it is where you want it to be.

2. Sometimes you must let go of good words. You will probably write a sentence or paragraph that you are absolutely in love with. In the rewrite, it may not fit anymore. Or, someone will read it and make suggestions on how you can improve upon it. To give your story the greatest chance at being its best, you should be open to making improvements.

3. You are courageous and fantastic. It is daring to take something from your imagination and give it a life. It is fanciful to be creative. Writers are sometimes hard on themselves and their work. Since it comes from your head, you are in your head about it. Believe you can nurture and birth your work into the world. Have enough Faith in yourself to take action with your writing.

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Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: The Storm by Buffy Sammons

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Geoff Mays

The Storm  by Buffy Sammons

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Really life as I see it and why I feel my family’s and now my own devise are somehow a form of divine intervention and has distanced me from getting to close to others anymore.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?
I would say It’s definitely a twist on prose with a science fiction/ autobiography possibility

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Beautiful storm

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Older movies, comedies, action adventure, and some Science fiction…

5. How long have you been working on this story?

I just wrote it in the middle of the night one night and after reading it to a few people still close to me and I got such a reaction it always helps me to know that a story or poem gets a reaction. Thats my true passion and I want others to see and feel what I do in my head

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Chasers of the light, poems from the Typewriter series by Tylers Knott Gregson is something I can listen too over and over again. Its a must read on my list..

7. What motivated you to write this story?

Loss in my life and commonality of all of our fascination with the storm..

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

All of them!! And in Hawaii of course Is that asking for too much!!!! I’m a 44 year old nurse diagnosed very late with numerous cancers. I often just shoot for the moon and go from there! Lol

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

poetry, art, paying it forward trying to start something called #Artfromtheheart which is about giving art supplies of all kinds to cancer centers, woman and children’s centers, and anyone with a disability that keeps them down. Art and writing saved my life.

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

Its such a great site that helps amateur writers like me grow through critiques and exposure..

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

Write from your heart and deep down from your gut. I write dark, light, and whatever I FEEL at that moment in my day. Don’t be afraid to say what is in your head and put it on paper or paint or any medium! The experience has really opened my eyes and Im grateful for it..

*****

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: STANDING OVATION by Lionel Walfish

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Geoff Mays

STANDING OVATION by Lionel Walfish

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Living life through a living fantasy.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?
Realty/fantasy

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Two Lives

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Alfred Hitchcock’s ‘Strangers on a Train.’

5. How long have you been working on this story?

Four hours

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN (Thomas Wolfe)

7. What motivated you to write this story?

This story is fashioned after an old acquaintance .

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Rembrandt (if he were still alive)

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Theatre and music

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

I enjoy entering writing contests

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

Always carry paper and pen.

*****

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: CELIA’S NIGHT OUT by Agata Zema

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Geoff Mays

CELIA’S NIGHT OUT  by Agata Zema

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

A woman, Celia, is driving the forest road home with more anxiety than usual because of the unfavourable weather. She comes upon a situation that turns her life around upon the choices she makes. The end sees her in the back seat of her own car with someone else navigating the route homeward.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Suspense Thriller

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Distorted interpretation

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

The Shawshank Redemption

5. How long have you been working on this story?

The idea was brewing for 2 months and took only one night to write first to last draft.

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

This is a very challenging question as I am an avid reader.

‘The Picture of Dorian Gray’ by Oscar Wilde because it influenced my in direction and content of writing.

Close second is ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ by Charles Dickens for the same reason of influence and igniting an imagination full of characters and dialogue rather than just a story line.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A good friend. She loves my work and asked me quite meekly one day to write her character into a story.

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

I have to pick two.

Alfred Hitchcock and Peter Allen at the same dinner session.

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

My other passion is helping others to write and develop their own style of writing for whatever type of project they are interested in; such as writing a novel, screenplay, song, poetry and so on.

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

One of the best writing festivals around with a huge following of quality creatives.

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

I am a writer, author and freelance writer; but above and beyond the best advice I would like to share is to always promote your own unique style of writing.
From this you can attract the best projects, networking support and friendships and appropriate pay/compensation.

*****

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

Short Story: Along My Journey by Renee Michelle Christian

Watch the August 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

Reading Performed by actor Geoff Mays

Along My Journey  by Renee Michelle Christian

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

A True Life Experience.

2. What genres would you say this short story is in?

Biography/autobiography/essay/journalism

3. How would you describe this story in two words?

Surreal

4. What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I’ve watched No Escape 5 times in the last month.

5. How long have you been working on this story?

5 Years

6. Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

The Celestine Prophecy

7. What motivated you to write this story?

A Catharsis

8. What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Tom Hanks or Tyler Perry

9. Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music/Animals/Nature

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

A desire to tell this story and hopefully one day find that picture again!

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

If you have a revelation, write it down!

*****

Producer/Director: Matthew Toffolo http://www.matthewtoffolo.com

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne