A CANDLE FOR LUCY
(April 22 2021. Honourable Mention. 2021 GritLit Literary Festival Flash Fiction Contest.)
Entrants stories had to be written in an hour and include: a box of matches, a stranger who looks familiar, and a line of dialogue “You (he/she/they) should have seen it coming”
WHAT HAPPENED TO NATALIE?
(February 3rd 2020. Runner-up. 2020 GritLit Literary Festival Short Story Contest.)
Do you know what happened to Natalie? All the girls at school do, and they want to tell you all about it.
“This story bursts out of the starting gate with crackling energy and never falters. It’s enraging, sad, funny, and melancholic all at once. The deft juggling of a large cast for the page count is also remarkable.” – Casey Plett, Judge of the 2020 GritLit Literary Festival Short Story Contest.
(August 15th 2019. Runner-up. Dawson City Authors On Eighth Writing Contest. Published November 27th 2019. Klondike Sun.)
A woman returns home after a snowy camping retreat and misses her boyfriend Jesse.
THE DEAD CANARY
(September 2016. The Hamilton Youth Anthology: Volume I.)
A girl is ditched by her friend at a party and finds a group of stoners that she laments to about it.
THE TIME GHOST
(April 2016. Incite Magazine. Volume 18: Issue 6. Theme: Zeitgeist.)
PLAYING MAKE BELIEVE
(February 2016. Incite Magazine. Volume 18: Issue 5. Theme: Human.)
Annie loved her sister Jane with all her heart, but now Jane is different. Well, not really. She still looks like Jane, talks like Jane, and smiles like Jane but it isn’t Jane, and Annie’s parents keep telling her to treat Jane the same way she always has. If only it were that easy.
RUNNING OUT OF-
(December 2015. Incite Magazine. Volume 18: Issue 4. Theme: Space.)
Caitlyn has been running from Malachai for what seems like forever, and no matter how far or how hard she runs he always manages to catch up to her. The stakes are high, Malachai’s found her, and time is running out.
(November 2015. Incite Magazine. Volume 18: Issue 3. Theme: Their/There/They’re.)
She wanted to go to Miami with her boyfriend Mike, that was the plan and it was all going to go great until Trey had to mess it up like usual. Now she has to bring Trey to Potter’s Field, find Mike, and figure it all out without getting caught.
BEHIND THE WALL
(October 2015. Incite Magazine. Volume 18: Issue 2. Theme: Left.)
(September 2015. Incite Magazine. Volume 18: Issue 1. Theme: Waves.)
A child goes missing and all that was found of her was one pink sandal that washed up from the lake. An old man and his neighbours go out into the lake behind their property to see if they can find her.
(August 2015. The Paper Street Journal. Volume 1: Issue 1.2. Summer 2015.)
A poem inspired by the myth of Arachne following the woman turned spider as she contemplates her long and painful existence and her thoughts on her rival Minerva.
HOW TO DISAPPEAR
(April 2015. Incite Magazine. Volume 17: Issue 6. Theme: Go.)
A girl realizes she has inadvertently become invisible and doesn’t know how to make herself reappear.
HEADED FOR SOMEWHERE
(December 2014. Incite Magazine. Volume 17. Issue 4. Theme: Flight.)
A young Indigenous girl goes hitchhiking, hoping to find somewhere else. She doesn’t know where she’ll find it, but she’s hoping it will be whoever picks her up on the side of the highway. While she waits she thinks of her friend Missy who went hitchhiking and then went missing. She hopes she can find her home, and maybe her friend.
THE WAYS TO KILL A CAT
(November 2014. Incite Magazine. Volume 17. Issue 3. Theme: Strange.)
Nora has to kill her cat. She’s in her twenties, all her friends have done it, and her parents are starting to worry. It’s not something she wants to do, but if she’s ever going to be a woman it’s just something she’ll have to do. Hopefully Kitty won’t mind.
(October 2014. Incite Magazine. Volume 17. Issue 2. Theme: Islands.)
Spoiled and young Mara Brown documents her trip to Nunavut and the supposedly cursed Marble Island, which she is skeptical of. Not the exciting Canadian trip she expected, Mara documents her time on the island in travel logs and counts down the days until she can come home.
(September 2014. Incite Magazine. Volume 17. Issue 1. Theme: Steps.)
A young girl accidentally gets invited into her neighbours house, who all her classmates think is a witch. But Old Miss Donnell has always seemed like a nice enough lady? Could she really be as bad as her classmates are saying?