WRITING THAT HAS BEEN PUBLISHED ONLINE FOR YOU TO ENJOY:
"THE BREAKING WHEEL": was a double-finalist for two different contests hosted by Hunger Mountain who published it in November of 2012 (this story is a former version of a chapter from what would become Schantz's debut novel, Fig (Simon & Schuster 2015), and it was through this publication she came to be "discovered" by her literary agent Heather Schroder at Compass Talent. Before this, the story was a top five finalist for a competition hosted by Cream City Review; a semi-finalist for an award hosted by Nimrod Literary Journal; and a special mention for the Salem College 2012 International Literary Awards—the judge, Kate Bernheimer (editor of The Fairy Tale Review) said this about the story: "The diction, details, and voice . . . are irresistible . . . This was just great—eccentric, emotive, hilarious, comedic, and dark. Intoxicating really." LeeAnn Holmes, one of the preliminary judges wrote: "This story was one of my immediate favorites. The imagery alone is enough to capture the reader . . . this piece was entertaining, memorable, and full of dark humor."
READ "THE BREAKING WHEEL" HERE: https://hungermtn.org/the-breaking-wheel/