Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest 2022 My short story “Fitting In” was published by The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. This month it received an Honorable Mention in the Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest 2022. That’s top 12 out of over 2400 entries. Judges comments and link to …
Author Archives: Ronald McGuire
Freelance Content Creation for eDigital
I was recently engaged by eDigital to help the company with their website relaunch, marketing communication, and blog content. Links to the individual blog posts are below, and you can check out the website while you’re there. They’ve got a compelling product suite aimed at the OTT/VOD/Streaming industry. If this is your area, you might …
Shoes A piece of flash fiction published by Drunk Monkeys – written a long time ago but seems quite relevant during Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. https://www.drunkmonkeys.us/2017-posts/2022/3/14/fiction-shoes-ronald-mcguire WordPress doesn’t like the Drunk Monkeys URL so I can’t embed it. A simple link will have to do.
Timing the Turn
A recently published bit of flash fiction. I like the longer version of this story better than the flash version, but this is the one that got published. The editor said she “loved the tenderness of this piece” and I’m grateful for those words – that is the tone I was going for after a …
My First Short Story in Print
The “Queer as Hell” horror anthology from Haunted MTL includes my story “Transmigration of a Serial Killer.” Available in print and for Kindle on Amazon:
Writing is the First Step
My third essay for The Dillydoun Review, in which I make the case that writing is the journey and publication is the (first) destination.
A bit of fiction published by The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. This goes to a dark place, it is not for the faint of heart. If you can make it through to the end, you’ll see that the story is really about finding – and owning – your truth, no matter the cost. …
Three Things to Keep in Mind When Editing Your Writing
My second essay for The Dillydoun Review – it’s about a 5 minute read for anyone interested in the business of writing and publishing (primarily fiction).
So You Want to Be a Writer?
This is the first in a four part series of essays I’m working on for The Dillydoun Review, sharing my experience (so far) in the business of writing. Future installments will arrive roughly one per month – the next one is tentatively planned for August 2, 2021.
Throwback #8: Just Read the Title
I like golf. I’ve read books about golf, watched movies about golf, watched golf tournaments, even played golf for a while (it’s been a while). I did not like this book about golf. I may have been too harsh, but I did at least say the book was funny. But it was often cringe-funny, not …