Fiction

I’ve decided to package my short stories from Birchwood Village (there are seven in all) into one collection called (Mostly) True Stories from Birchwood Village and send it out for submission. I’m pleased to announce that Variant Literature has included it in its “longlist of titles that generated significant discussion.” Of course, once this collection of stories lands somewhere for publication I’ll be sure to post about it here!

Chapbook

Thanks to everyone who logged on to my Zoom reading and Q&A session last night. The turnout was more than we had anticipated. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to answer everyone’s questions, but if you still have a question for me you can always just use my Contact page. Thanks again everyone, and have a nice weekend!

Chapbook

“Award-winning author/playwright Peter J. Stavros offers timely understanding of how character is steeled or bent through accumulation of numbing nights, dark disappointments and occasional emotional escapes.” This is an excerpt from T.E. Lyons’ review of my chapbook, Three in the Morning and You Don’t Smoke Anymore, which appears in this week’s LEO Weekly. Click on the link for the full review, and remember, Zoom reading tomorrow (Nov. 12 @ 6 PM ET)!

Fiction

Hello everyone, and Happy Friday! Here’s an afternoon snack (or maybe a morning or evening snack, depending on when and where you’re reading this) to get your weekend going: the opening paragraph of my new novella, Tryouts – inspired by my attempt to make the varsity basketball team when I was a freshman in high school. It was named a Finalist in this year’s Trifecta Competition sponsored by the Iron Horse Literary Review. My plan is to publish it as a chapbook this spring, hopefully to coincide with the college basketball tournament. Enjoy!

There must have been forty of us, maybe fifty, kids of all shapes and sizes, crammed into that stuffy gym after class, the place reeking of sweat and dirty socks and farts, chattering, fidgeting, roughhousing. It was chaos on that Monday afternoon at three-forty-five, the first day of basketball tryouts, all of us vying for only eleven spots on the varsity team. Some clearly wouldn’t make it, some clearly would. And the rest, like me, fell somewhere in-between.

Chapbook

Three in the Morning and You Don’t Smoke Anymore is now widely available, including on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads (and your local bookstore might be able to order it for you too). Some links are included on the Chapbook page. Also, I am now a Goodreads author, which means, among other things, that you can log on and ask me questions about my chapbook, my writing or just whatever (and also check out the new dramatic picture!) – just don’t make your questions too difficult 😉