Via Edmund Schubert, Apex Science Fiction and Horror digest is having it’s third annual Halloween Short Fiction Contest. The stories have to be 2,500 words or less, and the theme has to be on the post-apocalypse.
As it turns out, I had a 600-word short-short that I have not yet sold, but that I like very much, and that, with some changes, would work well as a post-apocalyptic story. This evening, therefore, I rewrote the story, expanding it to nearly twice its original length. I read it out loud and I like it very much. Integrating the post-apocalyptic theme definitely helped to improve the story.
Tomorrow, I’ll give it a final proof-reading and clarity, and then send it off to the contest. It will mark the first time I have ever submitted fiction to a contest.
The title of the story is, “Of the Knowledge of Good and Evil”.