“He was the only friend I had. If I lost him, I might as well give up on life.”
New Yorker August 6 & 13 August 2018
Source: New Yorker Fiction (Twitter)
The Willesden Herald Short Story of the Month
August 2018: Independence Day by John Califano
In 1960s Brooklyn, New York, sensitive and empathetic Johnny Boy struggles to navigate adolescence. Here his worldview is shaped by the trauma inflicted by the violent and competitive relationship between his father and his older brother, who despises their father’s closed-mindedness and is the only one willing to stand up to “the old man.”
John Califano grew up in Brooklyn, New York and lives in Manhattan. He’s worked as a writer, actor, visual artist and musician and has performed in clubs, art galleries, feature films and Off-Broadway productions. He recently completed his debut novel, JOHNNY BOY, and is currently working on a second book and a collection of short stories. His work was recently featured in The Broadkill Review.
Another in the fascinating series of excerpts from our often imitated but never bettered Terms and Conditions. (We are easily amused.)
“Submissions are read in sequence by date received. We decide on the next month’s featured story by the second-last Friday of each month. At that stage, we try to “release” prior submissions. If you have not heard back it means your story is still under consideration for the following month.”
Update: We don’t charge a reading fee, so we’re a bit stricken in the moola department. However, each Short Story of the Month author will receive one of our back catalogue books. There are ten anthologies of short stories and two of poetry, as listed on our Books page.