In the spring of 1997,the Dayton Daily News premiered their annual short story contest. My novel had been plodding along well into the era of the Great War. Three of my chapters told the story of Massey's friend, Ribba, fighting against the Austrians during the siege of Przemysk, in what was then Austrian-Poland.
|Short Story Winner - 1997|
|Men of Bronze during the Great War|
I titled my story There Will Be Crosses. As with Ikons and Banners, crosses were the theme running throughout the story. It begins with the cross Crawdad wears for luck, to the crosses hanging from the medals they know they will never receive, to the the crosses placed upon their graves far away from home, and finally the cross as a sign of life.
Not only did I win a nice dollar amount for my story, which went toward publishing my books, but it also gave me confidence to continue writing. Winning against professionals reinforced my desire to finish my dream.
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