Archive for the 'Love Story' Category

Love Story Bronze Winner: My Dutch Explorer

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

by Catherine Parker “So you’re bailing on me.” “Look, I’m sorry Cath. I’m not earning pounds like you are. I just can’t afford it.” I sighed into the phone, and looked out the window of my tiny flat in London. Rain, rain and more rain. It suited my mood. I had been living in London […]

Love Story—Silver: Letter from Ortahisar

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Dulce Maria Gray You take two bodies and you twirl them into one Their hearts and their bones And they won’t come undone Here, in Turkey, the “cradle of civilizations” that nursed 13 successive societies spanning 10,000 years; here, far from everything that is familiar to me, where I am anonymous; here, in the […]

Love Story—Bronze: Fruit of Wisdom

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Leah M. Cano I was seventeen and it was the most romantic thing anyone had ever done for me. It had been a public display of affection for all to see. He had jumped up on the side of the bus as the driver was revving his engine, hoisting himself up toward the open […]

Love Story—Gold: Choices Rejected

Friday, February 27th, 2009

by Carol Beddo Mid-July in Los Angeles, my newborn grandchild needs no more than her diaper. Less than a mile from the Pacific coastline, offshore breezes from Venice Beach wring out warm and dry as they flow up the slight incline and cross Lincoln Avenue. These hot winds embrace us; Nora cradles in the crook […]

Love Story–Bronze Winner: The Australian

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Michelle McAlister Don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate backpackers’ zealous appetite-for-fun, and even their raucous pranks, but I did not fly across the Atlantic to wear a Grecian toga and pound shots of pink-hued booze in a 10:00am contest. So when my taxi driver shows up to rescue me from the Pink Palace, […]

Love Story–Silver Winner: One Little Kiss

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Nicole Zimmerman “Um beijinho,” Gean coaxed, his lips just brushing my ear as he whispered it. “One little kiss.” It wasn’t romance that I was seeking when I came to Brazil. But it sought me. Romance swept me into its arms on the dance floor of a forro festival. It raised its eyebrows and […]

Love Story–Gold Winner: Los Muertos

Sunday, March 2nd, 2008

By Barbara Robertson “The Mexican is familiar with death, jokes about it, caresses it, sleeps with it, celebrates it; it is one of his toys and his most steadfast love.” – Octavio Paz This is what I remember: White sheets limp with sweat twisted around his naked body, a low mattress in a small white […]

Love Story Category—Bronze Winner: Feeling Fizzy

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Jann Huizenga “Now I must go move my cows,” says Fabio in Italian. “Do you want to see my farm?” The invitation seems innocent enough, and I readily agree. Certo! In my desultory Sicilian life, there’s nothing I don’t want to see, no frontier to my curiosity. We fold ourselves into his little yellow […]

Love Story Category—Silver Winner: Anusha, Saver of Splashed Cats

Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

by Kevin McCaughey Anusha was late to my apartment. She came in soaked, harried. Storms had drenched the north of Poland the last four days, a fine Baltic September. “Oh, God,” she said. She worked herself out of her coat. “What’s wrong?” I asked. “It was cat,” she said. Rain had mashed her artificially blonde […]

Love Story Category—Gold Winner: The Trout Baron

Sunday, March 11th, 2007

by Diane LeBow I found Paris especially difficult to leave that morning. Familiar buildings and monuments glistened with fresh snow that had fallen during the night. Teary-eyed, I almost fell as I skidded over the medieval cobblestones of my Marais apartment courtyard for the last time. The cabby studied me in his rearview mirror. “Why […]

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