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