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Our March 2018 Gold Medal Winner - "The Man on 24th Street" by Matthew Eliot

by - Friday, May 18, 2018


We are so pleased to announce the winner of our seventh Write Prompt Challenge! 

Congratulations to Matthew Eliot of Kingston, Ontario, on his winning story 'The Man on 24th Street'.

As a reward 'The Man on 24th Street' will be published in our June 2018 issue.


Matthew Eliot is an aspiring author from Kingston, Ontario. New to writing, he ventures in both fiction and non-fiction. Matt is an avid traveler, having backpacked Asia and Europe, done cultural immersion programs in Western Africa and Grenada, and lived within the Arctic Circle in Norway. The winner of a prestigious international fellowship, he has earned degrees in Mathematics and Aquatic Resources. Matt is also a runner, painter, and has recently entered into filmmaking. He is an alumni of St. Francis Xavier University.

The Photo Prompt:


an excerpt:

The Man on 24th Street
by Matthew Eliot

Five more minutes. Oh how the days seemed to drag. Looking down at his watch, John McAlister tried to will the hands towards six o’clock. 

Sitting in a dusty antique shop, he pondered how he would die. Maybe cancer, maybe he’d just fall and hit his head. John had opened the shop almost a decade earlier with his wife, a project to keep them busy in retirement. She passed nearly a year ago, taking his happiness with her. Now the shop was a lasting reminder of the joy he once possessed.


John’s consciousness shifted to a different topic: what would be written on his tombstone? Obviously his name and dates of birth and death, but what else? A  saying or quote? Maybe ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’? No, too serious, and probably not true. ‘Loving Husband’? No, too stereotypical. Maybe ‘Grumpy Old Bastard’? 


At least it would be honest. 



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To catch the rest of the story, order your copy of the June 2018 issue.

Blank Spaces June 2018
Blank Spaces Magazine: Blank Spaces June 2018
Volume 2, Issue 4 - a celebration of Canadian talent, featuring the work of artists—writers, painters, photographers, poets, etc.

Learn how you can participate in one of our Write-Prompt Flash Fiction Contests HERE

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