Prize Winning Stories for Day #17 of Short-Story Month
By Jeff Baker
On the subject of prize winning short stories, while I read the Hugo and Nebula Award anthologies, I generally don’t look for an award as criteria when I’m scoping out fiction to read. But some of the stories I’ve liked have won an award or two: I mentioned Manly Wade Wellman’s “A Star For A Warrior” earlier in these blogs, and I read Daniel Keyes’ “Flowers for Algernon” in Jnr. High (in the English textbook!) I’ve entered a couple of contests and was an honorary mention in one, for a story that didn’t get published!
That last part didn’t keep me from framing the certificate and hanging it on my wall!
by Jeff Baker For Day #2 of short-story month, here are some single-author collections I’ve enjoyed. First off, I read most of these stories originally in anthologies with other author’s stories. Starting with Manly Wade Wellman, one of the best writers ever of short fantasy and horror. My favorite of his collections is the posthumous […]
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