Monday, January 11, 2016
Reader's Diary #1241- Carmelinda Scian: A Dragonfly Dashed by My Face
The Toronto Star and the Toronto Public Library just launched their 2016 Short Story Contest and it's got a pretty sweet prize: $5000 plus tuition for the 30-week creative-writing correspondence program at the Humber School for Writers, also valued at $5000. Not too shabby.
Last year's winner was Carmelinda Scian for "A Dragonfly Dashed by My Face." It's got a lot going for it; evocative imagery, compelling setting, but I do wish it had more of a plot. I thought at one point it was going to be a ghost story but that angle just fizzled out. It's basically the observations and thoughts of a young Portuguese adolescent girl.