Some more great news for "Qom," my entry into the 2014 Canada Writes Short Story Prize...
Michael Hingston (a novelist from Edmonton, at left) was one of the first readers responsible for helping whittle down all those entries to 36 finalists. There's a brief interview on the Canada Writes site with Michael, who read 542 stories before narrowing it down.
Here's what he had to say:
"My favourite piece of all, though, was “Qom.” I've re-read it several times and still can't figure out how the author fit so much into such a small space. It's dynamic, and heart-wrenching, and expertly observed."
Wow. High praise. I'm thankful that my story caught his eye.