Interview with Runner Up, Jacey Fortin

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Jacey Fortin is a writer from New Bedford, Massachusetts. After a few years of work in the publishing industry—with forays into other fields like teaching, farming and waitressing—she is now a freelance journalist and editor in New York City. To learn more, please visit


WOW: Congratulations on placing as one of the Runners Up in our Summer 2011 competition! What inspired you to enter the contest?

The cash prizes were my main inspiration.

WOW: Well, we do offer some nice prizes! Can you tell us what encouraged the idea behind your story, The Exhibit?

Jacey: I realized later that I had stolen the main idea from a story my friend once told me. It’s much altered, of course, and mixed in with a couple scenes from my own life.

WOW: Since you’ve transitioned into freelance work and moved to New York City, how are things going for you? It sounds like an exciting time in your life!

Jacey: It’s a little scary, but going pretty well. Do you know anyone who is hiring freelance journalists or copy writers?

WOW: You can always check our Freelance Job Board for opportunities! What do you enjoy about flash fiction writing versus the other kinds of writing that you do?

Jacey: Flash fiction is a challenge—all that condensing. It’s good practice for the nonfiction writing I do for work.

WOW: That's true, flash can help build strong writing skills. Thanks so much for chatting with us today Jacey! Before you go, do you have any tips for our readers who may be thinking about entering writing contests?

Jacey: If you are thinking about it, you should probably just do it. You’ve got nothing to lose.

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