July 2017 Novel & Short Story Winners

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

Watch the July 2017 Winning Novel & Short Story Performance Readings. All stories read and performed by professional actors.

ACTORNOVEL Transcript – DREAMDALES DARK HEARTS
July 2017 Reading
by Jeremy Roberts

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – ARYAN BLOD
July 2017 Reading
by Albert Russo

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – THEY DROVE ON STREETS PAVED WITH KINDNESS
July 2017 Reading
by John Bauer

ACTORSHORT STORY Reading – FLATULENT FRED
July 2017 Reading
by Bill Lawrence

 

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

Director: Kierston Drier
Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne
Editor: John Johnson

Camera Operator: Mary Cox

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Winning Short Story: Before and After by S. Pfeiffer

Story performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

The story’s about a woman facing the impact a shocking experience from childhood has had on her life.

What genres would you say this story is in?

It’s mostly a thriller with a hint of film noir i suppose.

How would you describe this story in two words?

I’d say odd and uncomfortable 🙂 Someone described it as Lynchian which i find evocative.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I tend to forget movies i’ve seen:( Even the ones I really loved. Casablanca stands out though.

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

hmmm. Tubthumping or Paper Planes by MIA maybe.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Jane Eyre

What motivated you to write this story?

A deadline for a workshop! I don’t really know what motivated me to write it to be honest. I write intuitively and it usually comes from whatever current fixation I’m on that comes and goes after a few weeks or so.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Gertrude Stein or Buckminster Fuller. Georgia O’Keefe. That’s 3, sorry.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Progressive Politics and Astrology.

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I thought it would be cool to see it performed because it’s got a cinematic feel to it.

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

Learn to trust yourself and your own process.

Winning Short Story Reading: Always Watching… by Kordale Gibson

Story performed by Elizabeth Rose Morriss

Get to know the writer:

What is your short story about?

My short story is about a man killing someone who he feels deserves to die. The story is told exclusively through this man’s stream of consciousness, revealing his beliefs, motives, & revelations.

What genres would you say this story is in?

Suspense, Mystery

How would you describe this story in two words?

Thrilling eye-opener

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Life
If not, The Dark Knight

What is your favorite song? (Or, what song have you listened to the most times in your life?)

I Love music way too much to have a favorite song.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

I have so many more books on my list, but as of now, my favorite would have to be The Talented Mr. Ripely.

What motivated you to write this story?

My friends & I were debating whether a serial killer could be completely sane or not. I was on the side saying that they could be. So I, the writer of the group, decided to come up with a story or series of events that would turn a sane man into a serial killer. In other words, this kind of started out as a joke. But when I started writing it, I saw that it was actually coming out pretty good. So I decided to challenge myself & continue the story seriously. I veered away from the whole serial killer thing & kept to whatever was coming to me. I actually wrote the entire thing without knowing what I was going to do or where I was going with it. I literally just thought as I wrote. That’s what I’m most impressed about, personally.

If you could have dinner with one person (dead or alive), who would that be?

Probably Albert Einstein

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music!!

What influenced you to enter your story to get performed?

I’ve been writing for a while now, but I started out writing poems & lyrics. I started getting into storytelling & Loved it. I also found out I was really good at it. This short story was my first attempt at creating a story & it came out great in the eyes of myself & everyone who read it. So after that, I decided to pursue that form of writing. I started writing more stories & realized I could possibly do this for the rest of my life. In order to do that, I’d have to get my work out there. And that’s why I did this.

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

Keep writing, only if you have passion for it. Try to write as often as you can & constantly challenge yourself. Don’t compare your writing to others’, your writing can touch people others’ can’t. Write for yourself before writing for anyone else.

Novel Transcript Reading: The Pessary by Juliet M Nevins, MD

Watch the October 2016 Winning Novel Reading.

Reading performed by actor Michelle Alexander

The Pessary  by Juliet M  Nevins, MD

Get to know the winning writer:

What is your NOVEL about?

This novella was inspired by the many women, family and friends, whose lives have been touched by sexual violence. It is about a young physician struggling with her past. As a child Sophia was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, while her mother who had discovered this act, did nothing. Sophia finds escape through education, and as a young physician she meets Debra Little. Debra Little is an old woman from Jamaica who, with the help of two Americans, fled the island after her tenure with domestic abuse ended with the death of her child. The two find healing in each other’s stories. Debra Little finds forgiveness. Sophia finds courage.

What genres would you say this novel is in?

Fiction (women’s interest)

How would you describe this story in two words?

Hard. Transformational.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Interestingly, I love action films. I can’t say that I have one that I have watched the most–as long as there is a good fight scene.

How long have you been working on this story?

More than 10 years.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Sula by Toni Morrison

What motivated you to write this story?

I wanted to tell a story: victims of abuse are found in the most unlikely places. The story was a narrative that would lead to healing, my healing and that of many others.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

Oprah. She is so good at speaking the truth and I think that she is an excellent actress.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Health education. I have always enjoyed teaching, translating medical lingo into a language that non-medical people would understand. I have seen how this makes a difference.

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Dire Circumstances by Alisha M Risen Kent

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

Dire Circumstances by Alisha M  Risen Kent

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: 1st world problems by Mathieu Riva

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Val Cole

1st world problems  by Mathieu Riva

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It’s about how much crap that we fill in our every day lives that causes so much stress when in reality love is the most important thing at the end of the day. The ending is a fork in the road; depending on how the reader perceives it.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

Dark comedy

How would you describe this story in two words?

That’s life.

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

Fight Club

How long have you been working on this story?

One day

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Angels & Demons

What motivated you to write this story?

I’m currently writing my own novel, poetry and competing on the side to improve my writing abilities. As well as it was base on a real life story.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

David Fincher

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Film, I’m an accomplished guitarist singer, and I act when I can.

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

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

If you have an idea, don’t give up on it. If you work hard enough at something people will notice the fruits of your labor, you just have to dedicate your time.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson

Winning Sept. 2016 Short Story: Duality By Devin Klos

Watch the September 2016 Winning Short Story Reading.

Reading performed by Erynn Brook

Duality  By Devin Klos

Get to know the winning writer: 

What is your 1pg Short Story about?

It tells the story of a woman who is more than she seems, living a “normal” life and only comes alive when she is able to shed that perception to lead a more dangerous nighttime existence mostly for the pure thrill of it.

What genres would you say this short story is in?

It has elements of thriller mixed with a bit of misdirection of a comedic nature (hopefully).

How would you describe this story in two words?

Double Identities

What movie have you seen the most in your life?

I always return to two films: Lawrence of Arabia for its sheer scope and The Princess Bride, which might have the best screenplay of all time.

How long have you been working on this story?

I’d been kicking around the idea for a while as a longer story but decided to see if I could tell it in a more focused nature.

Do you have an all-time favorite novel?

Dubliners by James Joyce

What motivated you to write this story?

The idea that we aren’t always who seem to be during the day. At night, when we can exist more in the margins, our truer nature can be revealed.

What artist would you love to have dinner with?

The filmmaker Jeff Nichols, who I really admire for his desire to tell his own unique stories.

Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?

Music, sports, comedy and meeting people that have their own stories to tell. I get some of my best ideas and inspirations just from traveling and discovering how other people are living day to day.

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

Any chance to get my work not just read but actually performed was an opportunity I could not turn down.

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

Just keep writing. Even if it’s just a little note or a paragraph. Not every day needs to be filled with full stories but always be on the lookout for some new detail in life.

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

Casting Director: Sean Ballantyne

Editor: John Johnson