Short Story: One More Last Call by Forrest Simcoe

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Story Reading. 

One More Last Call  by Forrest Simcoe

Reading Performed by actor Becky Shrimpton

Get to know the winning writer: 

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

My story is about two people coming to terms with the fact that their relationship is over. It starts in the aftermath of the breakup, and so much of their history is hinted at throughout the story. This is their final goodbye to each other; accepting that it’s the end for them not only as lovers, but for their deep friendship as well.

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

Drama, Romance.

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

Love. Acceptance.

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

Oh man, it’s probably a tie between Donnie Darko and A Walk to Remember – two vastly different films, I know, but they have always been two of my top favourites.

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

It came to me pretty quick, actually. Once that inspiration hit I had it down in probably an hour.

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

The Catcher In the Rye by JD Salinger. Probably not the most original answer, but it honestly is my favourite. It resonated with me at a very young age.

7. What motivated you to write this story?

There are so many breakup stories that have the characters just hating each other. I wanted to show a different side – the deep friendship and love and respect my two characters have for each other. It doesn’t always have to end in anger.

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

It’s a tough call! Again, like the movie question, I’m going to make it a tie between actor Zachary Levi and singer/songwriter Lights. They’re both so good at what they do, but they’re even better human beings. Their passion inspires me, and how genuine and kind they are – they just want to make the world a better place in what ways they can and they care about their fans in a way that is unlike any other I’ve seen.

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

Mental health awareness. I’ve been living with mental illness for more than half of my life and I want to do whatever I can to help get rid of the stigma. A lot of my writing is about my struggles. I grew up with music all around me; I started playing guitar very young and it’s simply a part of who I am. It has saved me time and time again. Lastly, I’m very passionate about film and TV – it’s just such a great escape and when you find something that brings out very real emotions in you, it’s incredible.

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

WILDsound has been kind enough to feature two of my poems so far. They were the first to publish me in the online format, and as much as I love poetry, I love writing stories just as much.

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

Find inspiration in the little things, the every day things. Pay attention. Don’t force it.

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

Editor: John Johnson

Casting: Sean Ballantyne

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Heavy Sexting Short Story by Amy Arrow

Watch the July 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Heavy Sexting by Amy Arrow

Short Story performed by Marsha Mason

Get to know the winning writer:

1. What is your 1pg Short Story about?

Heavy Sexting explores the art of flirting in a digital world, generation to generation, the physical and the visual, touch vs. text.

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

Humor

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

Questioning Connecting

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

The Wizard of Oz

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

Wrote it in an afternoon, after the amusing title popped into my head.

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

Jitterbug Perfume by Tom Robbins

7. What motivated you to write this story?

.Concept came from trying to understand dating in a digital world, after divorce, over the last 5 years. And particularly the idea of text buddies or boyfriends who cannot or will not connect on the physical plane.

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

Yoko Ono

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

Singing/Acting/Dancing, Filmmaking, Listening/Helping

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

A friend suggested it as I enjoy writing and I have not had an outlet for many years.

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

Trust what appears spontaneously, it’s what speaks to you, record the concepts, to remember them, then craft the elegant sentences; read, reread, restrict.

June 2016 Novel & Short Story Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the June 2016 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors:

ACTORNOVEL Reading – OBITER DICTA
May 2016 Reading
Written by Lucien M.

ACTORNOVEL Reading – ALEX THE INVENTOR
May 2016 Reading
Written by Gordon Brynelson

ACTORJUNE 2016 Poetry Readings
Watch the 4 poems performed by professional actors.

ACTORShort Story Reading – I THOUGHT THE CAR WAS YELLOW
May 2016 Reading
Written by Eduardo G. Diaz

ACTORShort Story Reading – MAMA’S PURFECT DAY
May 2016 Reading
Written by Richard Marra

ACTORShort Story Reading – INSIDE OUT
May 2016 Reading
Written by Phaedra Greenwood

ACTORShort Story Reading – DESTINY OF JOY
May 2016 Reading
Written by Mary Eastham

ACTORShort Story Reading – ANY PRICE FOR HAPPINESS
May 2016 Reading
Written by Robert B. Nelson

ACTORShort Story Reading – CULT FAN
May 2016 Reading
Written by Gina Lee Ronhovde

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Novel Transcript Reading: Obiter Dicta by Lucien M

Watch the June 2016 winning novel reading.

Obiter Dicta by Lucien M

Performed by Marsha Mason

Get to know the writer:

1. What is your novel about?

A murder leaves a body on display at a Vancouver, Canada public space quickly followed by the assassination of the prime minister of British Columbia that leaves a public in shock. VPD Homicide investigate a trail that leads to various groups vying to grip the political future of British Columbia in their hands. Some seek to do so by democratic means while others pursue the route of armed force. Most disturbing are the groups that seek to establish a government ruled by the Judeo-Christian Ten Commandments that will then act as a springboard to the establishment of a global confederacy of Judeo-Christian states committed to a policy of maintaining their vision of the status quo until the advent of the Apocalypse.

2. Why should this novel be read by people?

From early childhood most of us are exposed to different forms of cookie cutter conformity. Common forms are strict ideologies that traditionally employ coercive forms of psychological terror or manipulation to impose the party line on the not so convinced. Freedom of thought, objective inquiry, and the scientific method are never part of this paradigm. Most disturbing is when conformity evolves into tyranny and unleashes a savage reign of terror. The resulting blood lust is a chapter written too many times in human history.

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

Riveting suspense

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

One that comes to mind is “Minority Report”

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

I wrote the first draft in 1996

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

I Heard the Owl Call My Name- by Margaret Craven

7. What motivated you to write this novel?

The fate of Giordano Bruno, who was burned at the stake for daring to suggest that the stars were just distant suns surrounded by their own exoplanets. He also raised the possibility that these planets could even foster life of their own. Moreover, he insisted that the universe is in fact infinite. (per Wiki)

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

Martin Scorsese

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

karate, guitar, rhythmic studies, visual art, skiing, ice skating, language studies

10. What influenced you to enter the Novel Festival?

It was inspiring to discover a committee of professional writers and writing consultants that invited novel submissions. Not only would entering yield full feedback in the form of suggested revisions but also a possible reading by professional actors with subsequent on-line posting.

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

Stieg Larsson: He had written the Millennium crime trilogy for his own pleasure after returning home from his job in the evening (per Wiki)

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Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Editor: John Johnson

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

February 2016 Novel Winners

1st CHAPTER and FULL NOVEL FESTIVAL: https://novelwritingfestival.com/

Watch the February 2016 Winning Novel Performance Readings. All novels read by professional actors:

ACTORNovel Transcript – INTO AUTUMN
February 2016 Reading
Written by Larry Landgraf

ACTORNovel Transcript – WHAT HAPPENS AFTER HAPPILY EVER AFTER
February 2016 Reading
Written by Laura Garrett

ACTORNovel Transcript – WHO KILLED HONOR BRIGHT?
February 2016 Reading
Written by Patricia Hughes

ACTORNovel Transcript – A LIFE SINGULAR
February 2016 Reading
Written by Lorraine Pestell

Director/Producer: Matthew Toffolo

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson