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My story Host Mother was a finalist in the 2019 Chicago Tribune Nelson Algren Literary Awards, and is available in full on the Tribune’s website.  This story was also a finalist in the 2019 Salamander Fiction Contest.

My story A Very Special Episode was a finalist for the 2018 James Knudsen Prize for Fiction and will be published in a forthcoming issue of Bayou Magazine.

My story Seven Waves for Good Luck won Second Prize in Narrative’s Winter 2013 Story Contest. It is available in full on Narrative’s website.

My story Fourteen Meals was shortlisted for the 2019 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition for short stories.

My story On the Road to the Volcano received an Honorable Mention in Glimmer Train’s March/April 2016 Fiction Open.

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  1. Paul Proffett

    Hello Stephanie,

    My name is Paul Proffett, and I’d like to let you know how much I enjoy your story “Seven Waves”, which I read as a past contest winner in narrative.com.

    I use the present tense here because I have your story bookmarked in a Safari file and read it quite often. I write freelance arts and entertainment coverage in my home of Kansas City, MO (you can search my name on broadwayworld.com and campkc.com for a selection of my writing), but recently began sussing out more of my fiction side, both long- and short- form.

    Last year, upon starting research into the preferred fiction styles of online journals, such as Narrative, I was struck by your story. Simply, Narrative, Literary Latte, Glimmer Train, et al., are bent toward a gauzy, static form of fiction in which nothing, or very little, happens in the way of narrative–in other words, they publish BORING stuff, in my opinion. What a breath of fresh air, then, to read “Seven Waves”, in which you attack rather deep subject matter–how an artistic but young and naive-ish woman countenances, then reconciles a morally bankrupt world–with good, old-fashioned story-telling. Jesus, whatever happened to narrative drive? Is everyone now trying to imitate The New Yorker? And by the way, what was the last piece of fiction you read in that magazine that didn’t bore you–just a little?

    Your story didn’t bore me–it held my interest with its narrative drive and crystal clear description, and is that so old-fashioned? The winner in your contest wrote a beautiful story on similar themes–naiveté , of a childhood sort, getting shattered by a cruel adult world–that read more as a static set piece than a dynamic, dramatic story, such as yours. Your talent lies in dramatic writing, clearly; your facility utilizes clear-cut emotional realism to underscore the human condition. And it’s just damn fun to read.

    This is the first online looking into I’ve done into your work, and I plan to read all of your stuff here. But based on “Seven Waves”, my opinion is that screen- and playwriting are areas for which your writerly mind is ideal. I have found that deep exploration and extensive formal study into the feature films of Alfred Hitchcock–any of them–is invaluable in learning how a pulsating narrative can be used to brilliantly illustrate deep themes of the human condition. And strategy wise this is a win-win: some will “get” and appreciate the underlying themes, some won’t or won’t care, but ALL will be entertained, just as “Seven Waves” does.

    Please keep me up to date on your writerly doings. Thank you, Stephanie.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Proffett

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    1. Stephanie

      Hi Paul –

      Thanks so much for your kind words about my writing and my story! I am thrilled that you enjoyed it and that it resonated with you. I like your idea of screenwriting; maybe if I never make it with a novel I’ll look into something more lucrative. 😉 Thanks for checking in on my blog. Hopefully there will be more short fiction to post soon (fingers crossed).

      Take care,
      Stephanie

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  2. Shana Figueroa

    Hi Stephanie,

    (First, I’d like to preface this by saying that I’m not stalking you, I swear. This just happens to be one of the very few blogs I actually read, and it’s hard to connect with other writers in my engineering day job.)

    Having said that, I’d like to read more about how you craft a story. You specialize in mysteries, right? Where do you get your ideas from? How do you figure out what the plot’s going to be? What’s your idea of a good mystery versus a bad one? Of course you can write about whatever you want, I’m just curious.

    Shana

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