Congratulations to Valerie Speedwell on the selection of her piece, “Regina,” for the 2016 Orlando Flash Fiction Prize. “Regina,” will be published in Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, Featuring Maxine Hong Kingston.
“Regina” creates an unstoppable presence and voice, in a rush of language and rhythm that admits no argument or challenge, despite the obstacles it names. The sheer energy and vitality of the piece is absolutely commanding. —Diane Gilliam, Orlando Finalist Judge
We asked Valerie to talk about her piece and to tell us what publication means to her. She replied:
This piece is about resilience. Regina has every reason to fail and to think she’s worthless yet she’s magnificent in her defiance.
This is my first publication and I’m thrilled, not only for the validation by such a prestigious organization as AROHO affords, but also because it gives me the courage to keep writing.
Valerie Speedwell grew up in New York and now lives and writes in San Francisco. She’s currently working on a novel called Potluck: Recipes for Love, Passion, and Rebellion.