I’m honored to announce that my story, “What If I’ve Changed My Mind?” won First Place in Moment Magazine’s Fiction Contest, judged by Max Brooks, author of World War Z and many other books and articles.
This reminds me, once again, not to give up. I keep doing the work each day. Over the past years, I’ve gotten 12,397 rejections, but who’s counting? I never, ever thought I would win this contest. Best of all, I’ve got my imagination. I can travel anywhere while sitting in my chair.
Details for entering Moment’s Fiction Contest this year can be found here. I encourage you to send in your work. The deadline is September 1, 2020.
Fiction | What If I’ve Changed My Mind?
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Diana Bletter is the author of several books, including The Invisible Thread: A Portrait of Jewish American Women (with photographs by Lori Grinker), shortlisted for a National Jewish Book Award. Her novel, A Remarkable Kindness, (HarperCollins) was published in 2015. She is the First Prize Winner of Moment Magazine's 2019 Fiction Contest. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, tabletmag, Glamour, The Forward, The North American Review, Times of Israel, and is a reporter for Israel21C, and many other publications. She is author of Big Up Yourself: It's About Time You Like Being You and The Mom Who Took off On Her Motorcycle, a memoir of her 10,000-mile motorcycle trip to Alaska and back to New York. She lives in a small beach village in Western Galilee, Israel, with her husband and family. She is a member of the local hevra kadisha, the burial circle, and a Muslim-Jewish-Christian-Druze women's group in the nearby town of Akko. And, she likes snowboarding and climbing trees.
Shkoyach! I haven’t read the competition, but I have no problem with this award. There’s a whole world in this story, and I’m looking forward to reading it again.
Thank you, Michael, looking forward to talking to you!
What wonderful news Diana!!!! You are surely one to persevere and work hard. I am so excited to read your story. I hope other than this, you and your family are well during these chaotic times. Hope to one day see you in person. It’s been so long and we are in the same country for god’s sake. Warm regards, Dana
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Thank you, Dana! Yes, we are in the same country so hope to see you one of these days!
So happy to read this. Not so sure you know who I am. Do you? I’d be happy to trace the [very] loose connection if you’re interested.
Hello Allan, yes, please, refresh my memory. I have a hard time remembering the names of my kids! email@example.com
Diana, Great to learn your latest news and what wonderful news it is! It’s marvelous and I’m so very happy for you!! It’s pretty deep and I look forward to reading it again as I know on each read I’ll take even more from it. Congratulations!!
I know there’s a lot going on there…I’ve thought of all of you frequently and hope that you are keeping well. Rhonda
Hello Rhonda, thank you for writing. I hope you are healthy in Chicago…and appreciate your concern. Take care of yourself!
Congratulations my talented, beautiful, sweet friend. I am very proud of you and grateful to know you.
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Thank you, Jackie. Your spirituality and religious commitment inspired this story. I have always enjoyed talking about riding up the mountain with you.