Melinda Holley, a commercial insurance agent and aspiring writer, won the 2015 Fredericksburg Writer’s Conference short story contest with her entry titled “Full Circle.”
“It has been lifelong desire of mine to write and be published,” Holley said. “I’ve been so blessed to come in contact with people like Robert (Deming) and Mara (Fox Moretti), who have already published a book.”
Deming and Fox Moretti are the FWC writing group organizers.
Her story about a man coming home to care for his elderly father was inspired by real life experience. Her winning entry can be found in this issue of the paper.
Holley has lived in Fredericksburg for 22 years.
She said she grew up in an Air Force family and has lived in five states and two foreign countries.
She has completed a manuscript titled “Small Secrets.” It’s a mystery set in Fredericksburg and centers around antique shop owners.
She and her husband, Jim, spend their free time studying and collecting antiques, she said.
The top three finalists for the contest included second place, “A New Romance,” by Dr. Margaret Phillips; third place, “A Handy Man to Have Around” by Sally Clark, and honorable mention, “The Fields of the New Fatherland” by Heath Dollar. The entries can be read online at www.fredericksburgstandard.com.
Proceeds from the short story contest will go toward the 2016 Agent/Editor Conference hosted by the Fredericksburg Writer’s Conference.
Short stories had to have been written in 1,200 words or less with some connection to the Texas Hill Country, however fleeting.
Fredericksburg Writers Conference Short Story Contest
First place - Full Circle
Second place - A New Romance
Third place - A Handy Man to Have Around
Honorable Mention - The Fields of the New Fatherland