My poor little blog. So neglected. Well, I'm here, and I have some good news for you. "Eat Fist!", previously nominated for a Western Magazine Award, has made the shortlist alongside four other deserving stories.
Andrew MacDonald, Eat Fist!, Event
Ben Lof, When in the Field with Her at His Back, The Malahat Review
Bill Gaston, Petterick, The Malahat Review
Stephen Gauer, Hold Me Now, Prairie Fire
Laura Boudreau, The Dead Dad Game, Prism International
Two of those names I'm familiar with - Bill Gaston, amazing author of (among other things) Gargoyles, and Laura Boudreau, who followed pretty much the same path I did, through Larry Garber's creative writing class at UWO, into the program at U of T, where she also worked with Michael Winter. Only she did it before me, so technically I'm following in her footsteps.
Either way, good company to be in. The winner will be announced in October. Will keep you informed.