Storied Crossings - Scribes Valley 2003 Contest Winners

Storied Crossings

2003 Short Story Writing Contest Winning Stories

    For most human beings there are two worlds. The first is the normal, everyday world filled with rules, regulations, and alarm clocks. The second is the boundless world of the imagination, where anything goes, rules do not apply, and “normal” is a bad word. Storied Crossings is a bridge between these two worlds. Everyone is welcome to cross; however, no inhibitions are allowed, an open mind is required, and you must allow yourself to be swept away. Twenty short stories are waiting inside to amaze, amuse, delight and entertain you. Enjoy your stay between the covers, and don’t worry about coming back to the real world. It’ll get along just fine while you’re gone. 

ISBN: 978-0-9742652-0-9
190 pages
Warning: some adult language

Paperback edition: $10.99 + shipping
Kindle edition: $2.99 

Meet the winning authors:

***  FIRST PLACE  ***
   Robert Paul Blumenstein resides in Richmond, Virginia, where he was awarded an MFA in playwriting from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a full-time writer having written not only for stage and film, but also has a published novel, Flirtin' with Jesus, the first book of The Ascension Trilogy. The second book of the trilogy will be released in 2002.

Robert Paul Blumenstein

***  SECOND PLACE  ***
  A Scotsman, Frank Reynolds taught English and Italian at colleges both here and in Europe. He writes a Scottish History column for a British magazine, and edits a college newspaper. He moved from the San Francisco area to a cabin in the Sierra foothills in 1995, where he tutors English and Italian professionally at the local college, and writes whenever he can.

Frank Robinson

   Tessa Jones, originally from Miami, Florida, has been fascinated by the human psyche for as long as she can remember. Along with "Soldiers and Dandelions", Tessa has also completed a novel entitled "Fragments", a psychological thriller about a woman with Dissociative Identity Disorder (formerly called Multiple Personality Disorder). She is hard at work on her second novel, "Redemption", about a female serial killer. Tessa has previously sold one short story, The Weaver to an online publication.

Tessa Jones

   Bettye is a native Kentuckian, is married, a mother of three, and a grandmother of seven. She and her husband, both recently retired, stay busy with gardening, church, community activities, and (most important to Bettye) she now has time to write! Bettye also belongs to state and local writing organizations. She wrote her first story at age eleven and has since written books for children, poetry, songs, and a short novel. Bettye thanks her Hoptown Writers colleagues for keeping her enthused and writing.

Bettye D. Grogan

   Paul Perry has been writing short fiction for thirty years with more than 150 stories published, most of them in literary magazines. He had a collection of 24 short stories entitled Street People published in October, 2000, by Pocol Press of Cliftron, VA. Paul, in his late teens, spent most of two years living on the streets and he mostly writes about homeless people, hitchhikers, prostitutes, outsiders, people Paul refers to as "Dispossessed People."

Paul Perry

   Married for over 30 years to her first love Richard, Elaine enjoys writing about a romantic innocence rarely found in today's fast-paced world. Her two grown sons and their wives have unknowingly been the source for many a short story while she is counting on the antics of Jonathan, her first grandchild, to inspire many more. Having lived for the past five years in Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, Elaine and her husband enjoy bicycling at the Washington Crossing Historic Park and along the Delaware-Raritan Canal. "Celebration of Love" is her first publication.

Elaine Elizabeth Papp

   Jennifer is a 1999 graduate of Villanova University with a BA in Human Services and a double minor in Psychology and Sociology. She grew up in Wyckoff, NJ and now resides in Hoboken, where she commutes to her Human Resources position in New York City's World Financial Center. Jennifer discovered an interest in writing while in the third grade when she turned a simple writing task into something much more than was expected. She was warmly applauded for her efforts by the reading teacher, but still had to redo the assignment.

Jennifer Antonacci

 Vincent Guiliano was born and raised in Fairview, NJ and attended Rutgers University where he graduated in 1975 with a BA in Psychology and a "minor" in creative writing. He now lives with his family in Southern California.

Vincent Guiliano


   Liz Morrison is a freelance writer living in San Diego. Her work has been published in Sinister Wisdom, From These Walls and on Liz also writes feature stories and a monthly opinion column for San Diego's Update newspaper.

Liz Morrison

   Husein Taherbhai was born in Bahrain and lived his childhood years in India. He has traveled to many different parts of the world and is currently working as a Psychometrician with The Psychological Corporation: Harcourt Educational Measurement. Husein received his doctorate from the University of South Florida and has been published in various scientific journals. He has also presented several papers at the National Council of Measurement in Education. In his spare time, Husein relaxes by painting in mix-media, and writing short stories and poems. Currently, he is intermittently writing a screen play which he hopes to complete by the end of 2003.

Husein Taherbhai


  Gail published a collection of inspirational short stories entitled Tales From the Sunroom in 2001. It has been well accepted and acclaimed. Her new novel entitled The Bird House: A Gift of Hope was released in December, 2002. It is an inspirational story of a young family in New York during the Great Depression and their struggles to survive. Reviews on this latest work have been excellent. She resides in North Carolina with her husband of 32 years. They have a daughter and three grandchildren in Houston, Tx. She earned a B. A. in psychology and an M. Ed in education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Writing has been the realization of a lifelong dream, and she credits her success to the encouragement and support she has received from her family and many friends.

Gail Cauble Gurley

  Craig Rondinone is a syndicated fantasy sports columnist for SportsTicker, a sports news service located in Jersey City, New Jersey. His weekly columns have appeared on web sites for ESPN, Sporting News, Yahoo and Excite. Craig lives in Brick, New Jersey and enjoys the finer things in life (pro-wrestling, soft tacos and deep thinking).
NEW - Craig's new book Ten Tales to Make Your Head Explode (PublishAmerica) is now available from the publisher and will be in bookstores March 2004.

Craig Rondinone

   Christopher was born in 1973 in Newport Beach, CA. In his youth he spent a lot of time drawing, ignoring his studies, and obsessing over movies, girls, music, and skateboards. He holds a degree in Mathematics from UC Berkley. He began writing diligently last year after a 10-year hiatus. He now works in San Francisco and resides in Oakland.

Christopher T. Bowne

   Jessica Hench, originally from Suffield, Connecticut is a student at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia. She is an English major pursuing teaching certification. While this is her first short story, she has had several poems published and hopes to publish novels and children's stories in the future.

Jessica Hench

   Janice Lynn Mather was born December 29, 1981 in Nassau, Bahamas. She holds an Associate of Arts degree in Language and Literature, and currently works as a news reporter for The Nassau Guardian newspaper. Her main career goal is to prove that it is perfectly possible for a Bahamian woman to make a decent living from creative writing. Autumn is her first published work.

Janice Lynn Mather

   Miller Chandler is a certified personal trainer at Belle Meade Country Club in Nashville, Tennessee. Road Rage is his first submission for publication.

Miller Chandler

   Ann G. Thomas: teacher, writer and psychotherapist. In private practice in California as a psychotherapist since 1978 with specialties in child development and geriatrics. Writes both fiction and non-fiction including numerous magazine articles on aging. Her book, "The Women We Become" (Prima, 1997) was recently reprinted in paperback and translated into three languages for overseas sale.

Ann G. Thomas

   While working fulltime as a technical writer, Charity Tahmaseb also writes short and long fiction. Her first published short story appeared in the April 2000 issue of Futures magazine. Her story in the December 2000 issue of Futures placed third in their "Fire to Fly" contest and was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize award. Charity lives in Minnesota with her husband Bob, son Andrew, daughter Kyra, and Dalmatian Toby.

Charity Tahmaseb

   Charles L. McDermott, born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, began verbally composing stories even before starting school, where disrupting classes became a vocation for him. His elementary years required six different schools: three due to family relocations, the other three because he was "asked" to relocate. Things improved in high school, however, and Charles received honors and a Chemistry Degree in college. He went to Vietnam and was shot at. Fortunately the bullets missed. It was then back to college for an MBA, and for the last eighteen years he was employed as a civilian at an army base near his hometown of Aberdeen, MD. His wife, tiring of his talking about story ideas and claims that he could write, bought him a computer and unloaded a shoebox of story ideas. To date, Charles has written thirty-two short stories, five novellas and final drafts of two novels. Women play a prominent role in his writings, displaying sweetness and sadness, while wrapped with tons of spice. His short story Why I Want to be a Woman was published by Writer Works in the spring as part of a short story collection.

Charles L. McDermott

   Elizabeth writes screenplays, plays and novels as well as short stories. Her first play, "Confessions of a Catholic Child" was a finalist in the Writer's Network Fiction Contest in Los Angeles, chosen for staged reading by The Long Beach Playhouse, finished fifth in a field of 9,000 in the 1998 Writer's Digest Playwriting Competition, and optioned by a Canadian producer to create a one-hour film based on the play. Her second play, "Moon Walkers" finished second out of a field of 300 in the Do Gooder Productions New Playwright Award Competition, was recognized as a semi-finalist in Writer's Network 1998 competition, was part of New Theatre Works Festival 99 in Santa Rosa, became a semi-finalist in the Writer's Network Screenplay & Fiction Competition and placed in the top ten plays out of a field of 19,000 in the October 2000 Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Her "Journal of a Common Man," won Dominican University's Festival of Short Plays. Elizabeth's novel, Lessons From the Gypsy Camp was published by Scribes Valley Publishing in March 2004.

Elizabeth Benton Appell