Congratulations to Garth Pettersen from The Fraser Valley in British Columbia on his winning story, 'Smoke and Pathos'. Using the provided image of a man sitting in the dark, Garth constructed a powerful tale that impressed our judges.
As a reward, Smoke and Pathos will be published in our March issue.
What the judges had to say about Garth's story:
"I liked how the story gradually drew in elements of the writing prompt."
"...an ending I didn't see coming!"
THE PHOTO PROMPT
SMOKE AND PATHOS
The light of his laptop caught the rising cigarette smoke from his exhalation. The wisps shone white and ethereal against the blackness before they vanished into the night. The computer screen illuminated him, as if he were an actor and the device a lone footlight celebrating his solo performance of despondency and pathos. Isn't that what he was doing here? Playing out the part of a young man wallowing in self-pity? Or was it self-loathing? Was it both?
To catch the rest of this story, order your copy of the March 2017 issue.
Garth Petterson is a Canadian writer living in the Fraser Valley near Vancouver, BC. He has a Bachelor's Degree in History and a background in Education (History, English, Theatre). Garth taught Writing and English at Western Canada College once upon a time and has written children's stories, a YA novel, adult short stories, and an historical novel. His short stories have appeared in journals such as The Spadina Literary Review, The Opening Line Literary 'Zine, and Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, and in anthologies published by Main Street Rag, Zimbell House, Centum Press, and Horrified Press.
Read his blogs on writing at gatherpettersen.com or follow him on twitter @garpet011
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