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 America as well as from Italy and Great Britain answered the challenge.
In the 18 and over category, third place and a $50 prize went to Debra Shepherd-Border, of Lawton, Oklahoma for her short story, “One Night in Abilene”.
Mrs. Border, an Army wife, is retired from federal government service where she worked as an auditor, technical writer and business manager for 30 years. Her passions are horses, genealogy and writing, in no particular order. She has a daughter and two grandchildren who inherited her love of horses and live on a ranch where they raise warm blood horses and Welsh ponies. She has a self published novel, “The Passionate Line”.
If her short story is any indication, Debra’s novel must be outstanding.
Panel judge, Richard Amill, former Educational Publisher Random House McGraw Hill & Company had high praise for “One Night in Abilene”. He called it and excellent narrative that flows well, and holds the reader’s attention and interest. Good character development, attention to historical detail, with some suspense thrown in for good measure.