My short story was selected for the Foreign Encounters Anthology 2012

I was pleased to learn that one of my short stories was selected for inclusion in the Foreign Encounters Anthology 2012. The publication will be released in October.

Each year, Writers Abroad selects stories for their anthology, based on a theme. This year, authors were asked to submit a short story or non-fiction piece of up to 1700 words or a poem that tied into the theme ‘foreign encounters’.

I submitted a short story entitled Missed Connections. My story follows Laura, a cautious woman who recalls a chance encounter on a train headed from Florence to Rome many years ago. This story is part of a series of short stories I am writing about Italian women and expatriate women, all set in Italy.

The cover of the 2012 anthology

I am pleased that Writers Abroad selected my story for inclusion in their anthology and I will be certain to include news of the final publication when it’s launched on 24 October.

I love that the proceeds earned from this anthology goes to a worthy charity – Books Abroad. As someone who works in developing countries, I see how important donated books are to rural communities in promoting literacy and education, so I am extremely pleased to see this anthology supporting such a worthy charity.

Writers, this is an annual competition, so check out the Writers Abroad web site for news about the 2013 competition! Good luck!


  1. Pearson Sharp on September 14, 2012 at 8:09 am

    hey, congratulations! That sounds really exciting! What made you choose Italy as the setting of your stories? Of course it’s romantic and timeless, but are you Italian or have you lived there or did you once lock eyes with some swarthy, handsome Italian for a moment on a train before your paths parted forever? =) Thanks for sharing your success!

    • kimberlysullivan on September 17, 2012 at 7:45 am

      Thanks, Pearson! Yes, I’ve lived in Italy for 15 years, so I find myself often placing my stories here.

  2. Chantel Rhondeau on September 14, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Congratulations, Kimberly! That’s terrific!

    • kimberlysullivan on September 17, 2012 at 7:46 am

      Thanks, Chantel, for your comment and for your critique of the story!

  3. ledrakenoir on September 14, 2012 at 9:20 am

    Congratulations… 😉

  4. Peri Kaymak on September 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    Congrats, Kimberly! 🙂

  5. Claire 'Word by Word' on September 14, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    Well done! What a great feeling I am sure, bonne continuation 🙂

    • kimberlysullivan on September 17, 2012 at 7:51 am

      Merci, Claire! And I need the wishes of bonne continuation. La rentree has even slowed down my writing. : )

  6. Julia on September 16, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    Congratulations, Kimberly! This story is wonderful. I told you that. Funny, I was going to submit something to this same anthology and I changed my mind at the last minute. well done.

    • kimberlysullivan on September 17, 2012 at 7:54 am

      Thanks, Julia. I always appreciate your critiques – but especially on my short stories. They’re always so helpful coming from someone who knows the form so well. I’m sorry we couldn’t be in the anthology together this year… but I’ll be looking out for your submission next year (it’s an annual competition).

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