I found out last week that I won CutBank Journal‘s flash contest, Big Sky, Small Prose. This was exciting and unexpected. I do not know yet when the issue comes out, but I will update when I find out!
The contest judge was Zach VandeZande, and he wrote, “What drew me most to ‘Water’ was its sense of wonder in the midst of tragedy.” You can read the rest of the details here.
I wrote the story in response to a call for submissions from my friends at Yellow Flag Press. They are putting together an anthology of Southern Eco Lit, but they ultimately decided not to include fiction. This obviously worked out just fine for me. The story is a little weird, a bit outside of my normal style. At the same time, though, it is a bit of an homage to the people of New Orleans, my adopted home. This place is weird and wonderful, so I hope my story does it justice.