Mihalis and the Mermaid

FH247My short story, Mihalis and the Mermaid, received an honourable mention for the Canadian literary magazine Fiddlehead’s 20th Annual Best Short Fiction Competition. There is only one first place, and two honourable mentions. You can purchase the issue here. I believe in supporting literary magazines and small presses, so please do buy the issue if you are interested in reading the story.

The judge of the fiction section of the competition was Steven Heighton, who has written several award winning novels and poetry collections. He had this to say about my story: “”Mihalis and the Mermaid” is a hypnotic tale, lyrical but eerie and disturbing, told from three perspectives that are equally well-handled: that of a seven-year-old girl and of her somewhat older brother, both visiting Crete with their mother, and of a local young man who tells us, “I turn the children in the fire of my heart, turning them over and over like pigs on a spit, washing them with love.” Yikes. As you read this story you will think you know what’s going to happen next and you will be wrong.”

About Sandra Jensen

I am a writer. I was born in South Africa and have British and Canadian citizenship. I have over 40 short story and flash fiction publications, including in: World Literature Today, The Irish Times, Descant, AGNI, The Fiddlehead and others. My work has received a number of awards including winning the 2012 bosque Fiction Competition and the 2011 J.G. Farrell award for best novel-in-progress. I have been awarded Professional Writer’s Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Arts Council of Ireland and Arts Council England. The novel I have recently completed, Ten Virtuous Acts, is a literary adventure set in Sri Lanka during the civil war. I was a guest writer and panellist at the 12th and 13th International Conference on the Short Story (Little Rock, Arkansas and Austria); an invited participant at The Galle Literary Festival, Sri Lanka in 2011 and a six-time participant of the Sirenland Writer’s Conference in Positano, Italy. I attended The Banff Centre’s Wired Writing Studio in 2011/2012. I administer the In Memory of Vučko and AWABosnia websites, raising awareness and funds to stop animal suffering in Bosnia-Herzegovina. I live with my partner, David Crean and my foundling cat, Rónán.
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