My story will be published in the WriteFrance publication

A few weeks back, I saw a contest announcement for the WriteFrance spring competition. Hopeless Francophile that I am, I couldn’t resist the prompt to write a short story of up to 4000 words on a French-inspired theme.

I have been writing a collection of short stories that take place in Italy, but I decided that the contest was a good opportunity to ‘branch out’ geographically, and so I sat down to write Holiday Bliss, the story of Luciana and Danilo, an Italian couple in a troubled marriage. At the urging of their marriage counselor, the couple leave their home in Torino for a holiday in Provence. Returning to the place where they first met brings back complicated memories of choices made long ago.

Unfortunately, Holiday Bliss did not win first prize in the competition, but I am extremely pleased that it was selected for publication in the WriteFrance anthology, to be published in July 2012.

I hope that readers will enjoy reading Holiday Bliss as much as I enjoyed writing it. But then again, how could any writer not enjoy writing a story set in beautiful Provence? : )

Writers, if you’re interested in competing, the summer competition has a deadline of 1 August 2012. Good luck!


  1. Chantel Rhondeau on May 11, 2012 at 7:36 am

    Congratulations, Kimberly! That is so awesome!

  2. kimberlysullivan on May 11, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Thanks, Chantel!

  3. Claire 'Word by Word' on May 11, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Excellent news, well done!

  4. melinda on May 12, 2012 at 1:07 am

    Contests Kimberley! I’m wondering if we’ll see this published online?

  5. kimberlysullivan on May 14, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Thanks, Claire and Melinda! To answer your question, Melinda, it will be published in a journal that can be purchased. However, if it’s made available online afterwards, I’ll be sure to post it. I appreciate your support. : )

  6. Malou on May 16, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Congratulations, Kimberly! Just keep on writing and one day, you will be the grand prize winner. I am looking forward to the publication of your story. 🙂

  7. kimberlysullivan on May 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks so much, Malou! I have to admit I’m always excited to get my stories published… even if it’s not first prize. Thanks again!

  8. Julia on May 25, 2012 at 10:22 pm

    Congratulations on this! I’d love to read your story.

  9. kimberlysullivan on June 5, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Thanks, Julia! I’ll link to it as soon as it’s published. BTW, some of the scenes take place in Gordes and Roussillon, the first two photos in this post. : )

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