K.V. Peck's "Spring" Receives HM from Writer's Digest
The Pushcart Prize-nominated short story “Spring” (TMR: Summer 2016) by Illinois writer K.V. Peck was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. Out of the 6,000+ contest entries, “Spring” was listed amongst 501 winners.
The 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection will be published this month and will feature Peck’s name. The collection will be available for purchase in early 2017.
Here is a preview of "Spring," which you can read in our Summer 2016 publication:
Jimmy Reilly grabbed a worn flannel bathrobe off a metal hanger, put it on but couldn’t close it. Did his mother think he didn’t notice the belt cut into eight-inch strips and tossed in the trash? A worn, oversized chair sat in front of his small black and white TV, the quarter-folded Times lay on the side table—Nixon on the front page. He whispered, “Fucker,” to the halftone face.
He peered through the window at the Bronx night, waited for his heartbeat to slow, and willed his body to stillness. A few lights blinked on, off, or held steady, like eyes in flat faces. Concrete, metal, naked trees replaced Jungle foliage. He awoke at 2:17 a.m., same as last night.
Lifetimes ago his parents saw him off at JFK, their faces somber. They stood at the glass divide, smudged with fingerprints and lip prints of toddlers. Overhead speakers barked incessant arrivals and departures, fluorescence cast faces in stark, unnatural light. A woman in platform shoes wrestled an oversized bag. Jimmy’s eyes bore through his parents, as though to emblazon his face in their memory. In case they never saw him again. He’d turned his head away. And then I disappeared.