highland stories runner up for fast forward press award

My manuscript Highland Stories has taken runner-up in the Fast Forward Press Flash Novel Contest. I submit to quite a few contests and publications and it is nice to receive some editorial comment. This failed writing blog has come a long way in a year. Here is what they sent everyone:

Dear flash novel contest entrants,

Thank you all very much for your patience. After much deliberation, we are pleased to announce the winner of our first flash novel contest! The winning entry is Nobody Like You by Jeff Landon; in second place is Highland Stories by John Paul Jaramillo. Congratulations!

Here is what judge Nancy Stohlman had to say: “It was a really hard decision … I was down to these final two for quite some time, and finally decided that despite the rich cultural texture of Highland Stories, Nobody Like You not only had its own deftly handled poetry and poignancy but also, more than any of the other flash novels submitted, had the highest quality of engaged storytelling, that combination of tension and a story spine that brought you swiftly and expertly from the beginning to the end.

“The writing in all the stories was superb, however, much higher quality than I thought we would get for such a new, raw genre, and I would encourage all the writers to consider carving pieces of their flash novels into flash fictions for publication.”

Thank you again for your patience and support. It was truly a pleasure reading your work, and we hope you will consider submitting to Fast Forward again in the future.

Dawn for the Fast Forward editors

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john paul jaramillo

John Paul Jaramillo’s debut story collection The House of Order was named a 2013 Int’l Latino Book Award Finalist, and his most recent work Little Mocos is now available from Twelve Winters Press. In 2013 Latino Boom: An Anthology of U.S. Latino Literature listed Jaramillo as one of its Top 10 New Latino Authors to Watch and Read. He is currently a professor of composition and literature at Lincoln Land College-Springfield, Illinois.

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