Today, Sunday, August 1, is the last day to vote in the Readers’ Choice Award Contest!

As you know from my last blog post and my Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts, my short story “Healing” is published in the Short Fiction Break literary magazine and is entered in the Readers’ Choice Award. 

To those who already voted for me, thank you for your support! 

The support I received from many people moved me, from fellow authors in writing communities, my family, and my friends!

Every day this past week, I posted several excerpts from “Healing” on my social media accounts. Here is an excerpt from the story: 

My mother, Benita, or “Benny” as she’s called, wandered among our guests throughout the festooned living room. Sometimes she placed an affectionate hand on a guest’s arm or hand. Sometimes she commented on how much a song reminded her of her childhood in the Philippines. Once in a while, she would point to the streamers and ask a guest what they were for. The guest would reply that the decorations were in celebration of her and Dad’s 30th wedding anniversary.

Was it a mistake for me to return to Jersey for my parents’ 30th wedding anniversary? Yes, I am their only child. Then again, Mom was the reason I left home for Georgia State University and lived in Atlanta since, though I do come up for the holidays. Then there’s me considering selling my apartment – I’m not sure where I stand on that.

“Emilia! How are you?” Mom said, hugging me.

Dad had warned me that signs of dementia would be memory loss and misidentifying people.

So as I said, today, Sunday, August 1, 2021, is the last day to vote in the Readers’ Choice Award. I’m excited to be a part of this whole process,  from writing and editing my story to interacting with other members of The Write Practice community and reading others’ short stories. I’m proud of my entry and the progress I made as a creative, a storyteller, and a person as a whole.

Check out my short story “Healing”: https://tinyurl.com/3sbamv6c

And vote in the Readers’ Choice Award: https://tinyurl.com/2zdfrcpc

Teresa Edmond-Sargeant is an award-winning journalist and author. She released her first collection of short stories “Inner Demons” in October 2020. She is the author of the short story ebooks “Eve the First,”“For My Sister,” and “Sammy’s Butterflies.” “A Symphony of Silence” is her second poetry collection. She will release her debut novel “Warding Off Reality” in 2021.