Bronze! Bronze! Bronze!

I won! I won! Well, not really. I won third place. And I'm thrilled and honored to have received bronze. Here's why: It's rare that writers are paid for their work. We publish and publish and publish. We publish in cool places that accept .0001% of subs. We tell our partners this and they still say "How much money did you get?" And we bow our heads and say, "Point zero zero zero one percent."

I have a thing for bronze medals actually. In high school I won a bronze medal for pole vaulting. Yes, I did. I have no idea where the medal is, but I won it. I had my own style when it came to pole vaulting. I was the crazy kid--all legs and arms--who was lucky not to impale himself on the standards, so I'm so glad the bronze medal exists.

Competitions that spread the love around deserve a hand. Yes, I would have loved to win first place ($1000), but I'm thrilled my story was included on the podium. I can smugly tell me partner now that "My Little Cuckoos" made money--and you can bet I've said it a couple of times.

I hope you'll stop by Literal Latté and give the story a read.

My Little Cuckoos

I must be off,


Christopher Allen is the author of Conversations with S. Teri O'Type (a Satire), an episodic adult cartoon about a man struggling with expectations. Allen's writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Juked, Eclectica Magazine's 20th-Anniversary Speculative anthology, Indiana Review, Night Train, The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, and over a hundred other great places. Read his book reviews in [PANK], Necessary Fiction, Word Riot, The Lit Pub, and others. His creative non-fiction has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Bootsnall Travel, and lots of other fine places. A finalist at Glimmer Train in 2011, Allen has been nominated for Best of the Net, the storySouth Million Writers Award, and the Pushcart Prize. He is the 2015 recipient of Ginosko Literary Journal's award for flash fiction and in 2016 took third place in the K. Margaret Grossman fiction award given by Literal Latté. Allen is the managing editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.


  1. I love this story, the precision of language, the complexity of characters, the sheer reality of the situation. Fabulous job, Chris. If this placed third, I can't wait to read one and two, but I doubt they can be any better than this!

  2. Well, in all honesty, you do deserve it. :) But seriously... pole vaulting? I cannot imagine it. Now you have to post some photos!

    1. Thank you! I wish I had pictures. It was quite a while ago.


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