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#NewRelease – The Contest and Other Stories


“Inspired by the works of international artists, this collection contains nineteen spellbinding Young Adult – New Adult magical realist, paranormal, slipstream, alternate history, and fabulist tales linked by a novella: Peter John Rizzo, a 1960 graduate of Yale University’s journalism program, inherits a floundering art magazine from his uncle, John Rizzo, with the provision that he must increase the circulation or forfeit all assets to creditors. Peter Rizzo, Pete’s father, is a banker who scorns careers in the Arts and Humanities, and is jealous of his late brother’s influence upon his wife and son.

Classic Art Expose’s devoted but unorthodox editorial assistant, Jason, and two university interns, sisters Shirley and Evie, help Pete start a monthly short story contest with artwork prompts, hoping to expand and save the business. As the four friends publish the winning (and sometimes disturbing) stories over the following eighteen months, Pete battles his father’s attempts to ruin his business and his reputation, and in the process, discovers a sordid family secret. What else could possibly go astray?”


If you’re taking a break from novels, here are some bite-sized magic realism and paranormal reads for your viewing pleasure. Co-written by Joe Dibuduo and Kate Robinson, each story has been inspired by works of art, particularly paintings. Featuring nineteen short stories in total, these short reads are also connected by one, longer novella.

While The Contest and Other Stories has only one review currently on Amazon, it is the subject of many awards, including the Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist for excellence in cover art, the Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist for Young and New Adults, and recommended by the US Review of books, its reputation precedes it.

In addition, The Contest and Other Stories has made its way around the blogs, including Jellyfish Day and Readers Favourite.

While the reviews are thin on the ground at the moment, the ones that stand are glowing:

“They reveal the universal themes of love, resentment, jealousy, success, life, death, spirituality, and failure while alluding to the notion that ‘triumphs and woes’ can be both, satisfying and emotionally drenching. They show that money and fame are not always at the core of happiness and that personal growth goes hand in hand with facing life’s challenges. Very interesting read!” – 5* Amazon review

The Contest and Other Stories is available on Amazon in e-book and paperback format. While the paperbacks are looking a little pricey, even used, the e-book is really affordable. The book also has a page on Facebook if you’re a brand new fan. Go check it out!


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