I am thrilled and honored that my short story, “Toroid,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize.
Each year the Pushcart Prize honors the best of the independent presses, and in spite of the commercialization and commoditization of publishing, the Pushcart has survived and thrived since 1976, supporting the stories that sustain us through small, independent presses.
In the words of Bill Henderson, Publisher and Editor of the Pushcart Prize Series, “Spirit will never be quelled, certainly not by big bucks and bluster. Each edition of the Pushcart Prize is evidence of this. Many new presses and dozens of new authors emerge annually and are honored in classrooms, bookstores and libraries around the world. And so the Pushcart Prize has been renewed since our first edition in 1976. We celebrate this renewal every year. This is our joy.”
I am tiddley-wink proud to be part of this legacy of wholeheartedness, truth and beauty in a world that so desperately needs it. As I tell my students more often than they want to hear, storytelling is a superpower!
“Toroid” was published in the September 2015 issue of Pithead Chapel, Volume 4, Issue 9. You can read it here.
Wish me luck!
I loved this story! It felt real, tender, and painful with the futility of progressing age and illness. Though I am not up on mathematical theories or terminology, I appreciated the structure, continuity, and metaphor that the toroid permitted. And, just a small thing: that mazarine (blue butterfly?) sky with golden rod – ah, like a Maxfield Parrish illustration, and stunning. Thank you for posting the link, and congratulations on your nomination! ~ Peri
Thank you so much for reading “Toroid” and for your kind words. I will check out your poems soon!
Hi Tania, that would be Maxfield Parrish of course. Sorry about that “autocorrect” (a misnomer if there ever was one!) – feel free to edit that if you’d like. Happy weekend!
Oh! I didn’t catch that at all, but I did correct it for you, as I know I would be bothered if a comment of mine had something like that lingering in the cyber-sphere. At first I thought that you were saying that “Peri” should have been “Maxfield Parrish” (even I could tell that this didn’t really make sense, but crazy things can happen with the touch of a button in this world;-)