Winner of the April 2021 Fan Fiction Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens

Author J.M. Stephens wins the April Fan Fiction writing contest with Batman and Robin: The Chinese Connection, a hilarious, fun-filled romp through the golden-age of television. April 2021—Prose Opiate’s most prolific and frequent contestant, J.M. Stephens, has completed a new e-book and won the April Fan Fiction contest.  Batman and Robin: The Chinese Connection readsContinue reading “Winner of the April 2021 Fan Fiction Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens”

Winner of the March 2021 Science Fiction Short Story Contest: Clark Endicott

Amateur author Clark Endicott wins the March science fiction writing contest with “Moksha,” an action-packed tale that interrogates reality, identity, and loss. March 2021—We received a few good entries for our science fiction short story contest, but Mr. Endicott’s speculative sci-fi action piece, Moksha, stood well above the rest. He declined the author spotlight interview,Continue reading “Winner of the March 2021 Science Fiction Short Story Contest: Clark Endicott”

Winner of the February 2021 Romance Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens

Admin: What can you tell us about the process or inspiration behind The Taxi Driver? What’s the story behind the story? Stephens: To be honest, the story is a very condensed version of a book I wrote called ehookup.org, which follows the story of Ted and Jill, as their marriage deteriorates. As with all myContinue reading “Winner of the February 2021 Romance Short Story Contest: J.M. Stephens”

Winner of the January 2021 Fantasy Fiction Contest: J.M. Rivers

Admin: So, first question: Who is J.M. Rivers? Do you write professionally, or only as a hobby? What do you do when you’re not writing? Rivers: J.M. Rivers is a creative who tells stories through words. These words illicit strong emotions and leave lasting impressions. I write mainly as a hobby.  Professionally, I am aContinue reading “Winner of the January 2021 Fantasy Fiction Contest: J.M. Rivers”

Winner of the December 2020 Young Adult Fiction Contest: J.M. Stephens

Admin: Hey, Mr. Stephens. Thanks for joining me and thank you for submitting a story to the contest. It would have been awfully lonely without you. So, first of all, tell us about J.M. Stephens. Do you write professionally, or only as a hobby? What do you do when you’re not writing? Stephens: J.M. StephensContinue reading “Winner of the December 2020 Young Adult Fiction Contest: J.M. Stephens”

Winner of the November 2020 Historical Fiction Contest: J.C. Laird

Admin: What can you tell us about the process behind A Destiny Fulfilled? Did you do much research? Laird: I definitely had to research the story, from food, clothing and weaponry, to geographic locations, lineages, and local customs. That Goliath’s lineage might have traced back to the ancient race of giants, the Anakin, was interesting.Continue reading “Winner of the November 2020 Historical Fiction Contest: J.C. Laird”

Winner of the October 2020 Horror Contest: J.C. Laird

Admin: So, Laird, you and I have been a part of the same writing community for quite some time now, but I usually I only see that silhouetted man you use for your profile picture. It’s good to put a face to the name and to learn a little more about you. So, first ofContinue reading “Winner of the October 2020 Horror Contest: J.C. Laird”

Horror – Today

Prose Opiate’s first themed contest is all about horror, and it can be an intimidating genre, especially for those who don’t usually dabble in expressing the dark side of the human psyche. We usually begin by asking ourselves ‘What’s scary?” But that’s the wrong question. We should be asking ourselves, “What is horrifying?” I wasContinue reading “Horror – Today”