The Summer 2019 Brave Enough To Write short story contest asked writers and would-be writers to submit their stories of ten thousand words or less in any genre except erotica. Up for grabs, Two $1,000 top prizes for the best story by an author 17 years old or younger and the best story by an author 18 and over.
Proceeds from the contest benefit nonprofit Brave Enough To Fail Inc. America’s #1 student motivational program which inspires young people with the courage to achieve their dreams by providing free motivational presentations and scholarships to high schools nationwide.
Nearly two hundred authors from across the nation as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge.
After much deliberation and razor-close vote, 31 year old Alexis Peralta of Methuen Massachusetts took second place in the 18 and over category and grabbed a $100 prize.
Alexis says he loves creating a well crafted story with impact, meaning, and that overall stays with the reader long after the last word is read.
He certainly accomplished all of that and more in the delicious piece of darkness that is called, “Butterfly Grange”.
Panel judge Tom Glass, former director at The Wall Street Journal said,
“It captured me from the get go and never let go. Butterfly Grange left me thinking of a Steven King approach to story telling”.
Alexis says his writing goal is to have at least one piece of work completed in each form such as poetry, flash fiction, short story, novella, non-fiction, and a novel.