The Golden Boy (First Place Winner / Flash Fiction Magazine Contest)

Aug 16, 2023 by Mike Magluilo

I wrote a short story called The Golden Boy more than a year ago. I submitted it to nine literary publications, all of which either rejected or ignored it.

So I kept working to improve it.

Early this summer I entered The Golden Boy in a contest sponsored by Flash Fiction Magazine. In June I learned I was one of 18 finalists out of 240 submissions.

A few weeks later I learned my story won FIRST PLACE!

I've never known rejection like that experienced over the past three years as an aspiring writer. The trade-off is I've also never known the satisfaction of creating something from nothing and allowing my work to speak for itself.

Read The Golden Boy here

Warning: the story contains tragic content.