A Gift of Fish Heads

SHORT STORY. 900 WORDS. FIRST DRAFTED: MAY, 2009.

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED IN SKY ISLAND JOURNAL (US) OCTOBER 20, 2018.

(Open the link, scroll down to my name, click on “A Gift of Fish Heads” and a PDF will automatically download.)

Set in the youth hostel pictured in the postcard below, and written a decade ago, I worked and reworked this story before fully revising it in June of 2018 – after I learned a bit more about writing better stories.

‘It is, in many ways, the epitome of what we consider stellar flash fiction. Skillfully structured, your story pulls us in immediately and gently ratchets up tension as we experience the beautiful and uncertain trajectory of your characters. Layered with emotional transport and intellectual challenge, tender, vivid imagery saturates “A Gift of Fish Heads,” and it culminates in a subtle, satisfying, and wonderfully human close. This is a refreshing piece, and we are beyond excited to share it with the world.’

~Jason Splichal & Jeff Sommerfeld,
Co-Editors-in-Chief,
Sky Island Journal.

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