IRON RIVER--Rick Kent, a resident of Iron County and a member of the Iron River Writers Guild, recently received notification of his third place prize in the prestigious Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition.
It is considered the premier short story competition in the country.
Hemingway is the granddaughter of renowned author Ernest Hemingway and an acclaimed author in her own right. The competition, begun in 1981, is dedicated to recognizing and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction is worthy of validation.
Hemingway says of the competition, “Reading a story of talent and craft and knowing that perhaps you can help further the career of a gifted writer is truly one of the greatest joys.” She goes on to say that she considers her job now is to honor the talent of emerging writers.
Kent’s story was among nearly 1,400 short stories submitted from around the world. His story, “Two Rivers,” blends a love of fly fishing with recollections of his combat experience as a soldier in Vietnam.
Notification of the honor included a personal letter from Hemingway, recognizing the exceptional work and encouraging continuation of such writing. Kent also received a cash prize.
Hemingway stated in her letter, “Congratulations are in order for your remarkable story ‘Two Rivers.’ It is a truly superb piece of writing. Your writing is a gift, an extraordinary gift that the world needs more of.”
A former school superintendent from Lower Michigan, Kent and his wife, Chris, retired to Iron River seven years ago. Always an avid reader with a desire to write, he finally penned his first short story, “Two Rivers,” after joining the newly formed Iron River writing group.
Kent said, “Spending time with other Iron River residents who have a passion for writing motivated me to finally write this story.” He credits writing group members for providing the encouragement and editing expertise to ready the story for submission.