When is a short story not a short story? And is that good o bad? Well, a good example can be found on Page 19: Sue Waterman's moving piece of fiction "Holding On, Letting Go." But it's bad if you want to enter it in a contest with certain ground rules, which she did. While Ms. Waterman's entry made it to the finals of our Summer Short Fiction Contest, it didn't quite adhere to the short story form enough to satisfy our judges. It ended up as an honorable mention.
But Sue Waterman's entry stayed with me, partly because I have a 12-year-old daughter -- and what Ms. Waterman says about first-born daughters is absolutely true -- but mostly because of how Ms. Waterman tells her story. Why not, I decided, publish it in a regular issue of the magazine?