Some Very Cool Recognition


This is pretty neat, a short-list for an international writing competition:

2016 Commonwealth Short Story Prize Shortlist

4000 entries from 47 countries, and 26 stories on the shortlist (including mine). Kind of blown away, to be honest.




Dream hard, rage hard.

81 thoughts on “Some Very Cool Recognition

  1. That is fricken awesome. Yay for you. It is an enjoyable read and I’m not surprised that it was chosen. Congrats, Trent. 😂.

  2. Congrats Trent! Sending this comment from the fitness center at my hotel!
    So happy for you! Just making it that far is incredible!

  3. Absolutely Friking Awesome Tent. Man I knew you were amongst the best but to make the short list of 4,000 submissions from 47 countries is so cool. Congratulations dude! You are the best! Someday you’ll be a rich and famous writer and I’ll be able to say :”I knew Trent when he was a struggling writer.”

    1. Thanks Paul – I’m not sure I’ll ever be other than a struggling writer, but for a moment it feels like otherwise. I could totally get used to this feeling.

      1. Imagine sending in a piece and thinking that it should be an easy win as there are only 4,000 other applicants. Ha!

      1. Yes – about fell off the treadmill when I saw your message! I’m so thrilled for you! I hope the rest of the world has the opportunity to enjoy your talent as much as I do!

              1. Sounds a bit risky, Trent! Don’t be like that guy! I just drove home in a snowstorm – like a white out! It was unreal! Have a good night 🙂

  4. Dude, you told me you were black! Remember? WTF, Holmes? You were my one black friend. Ah, well. Congrats. You’ve got the guts to put it out there so you deserve the accolades.

  5. I’m back, and I read their notice and the clip from your story. You had posted that story before! Repost, repost, repost!!!!!

    Tell ’em I told you to. Then you’re not bragging!

    Seriously cool honor for you. My fingers and eyes are crossed for you. Hopefully not my stars 😉

    1. I knew you’d remember that… you corrected me on some names in that story, due to your keen editing eye.

      I’ll pass that on to them – and I appreciate the crossed fingers and eyes!

            1. Careful, I may take you up on that… in fact. Well, I may, and it may be more than you want to chew off, Elyse, but I’ll give you the option of deciding for yourself once you get more detail. E-mail me at when you have a second.

              1. I can help later in the month. I’m in the middle of a crazy hard project that is due on the 15th. But I’ll email you in the morning.

  6. Because you are the man… or the most highly-evolved nudibranch I know… wait… spell checker, nudibranch is too a real word… they are soft-bodied marine gastropod mollusks… loser…

          1. No, she likes it… we even have a handshake… well, a high five… where we say: Mollusk me… and put our cupped palms together… also, I keep telling her to just cling to that slimy rock no matter what the ocean above her throws at her… perfect life advice.

    1. Have a sip for me, Frank – and thank you, that’s much appreciated. It’s been quite a week hereabouts, lots of fun. And now back to that writing thing…

  7. SO I didn’t bother to read the article, because I just noticed it… sorry, my bad. Anywho, it doesn’t matter what stupid list you’re on, we all know your da bomb!! Best writer I know! So Congrats and all, and let us know if ya win! STILL waiting on a book………………….and waiting…………….. 🙂

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