Short Fiction

The Forthcoming Book of Shorts!

Chad’s first book of short fiction, Four Letter Words, is written and forthcoming,
though it’ll be 2014/15 before it hits shelves. It’ll feature a dozen stories of people
longing for something they’ll never have. Some are funny, some are sad, some are both, and all are painfully human.

Buyable Short Stories:

Before_I_Was_Me_large“Before I Was Me”
In January of 2013, Fierce Ink Press solicited Chad for a short story in support of charity.
The resulting story, “Before I Was Me,” was a composite of three events that happened
around Pelley in High School, written in support of Canadian Suicide Prevention.
You can read more and buy it herehttp://bit.ly/10OMrSO

When someone close dies, especially if it’s sudden, there’s often a strong desire to talk to that person one last time. Written as a letter to an ex who committed suicide before she could become who she could have become, Before I Was Me places readers in his shoes as he reflects on high school incidents that continue to resonate with him years afterward. Drawn from the memory of several events, he writes about suicide with direct yet breathtaking prose. Not simply a tale of a boy and the girl he still misses sixteen years later, Before I Was Me is also a touching story about loss, grief, and coming to terms with the past.

Trigger Finger Blues“Trigger Finger Blues”

In March of 2013, Pelley intentionally stepped out of his comfort zone to write an offkilter but stark story
for the innovative Found Press magazine. You can buy it for a buck, herehttp://bit.ly/12hj2Sq

Marcel, a sensitive male sniper, knew his life was missing something. But he didn’t know what until he set his crosshairs on it: Violet Caine. A ginger-headed lover of Thai food, wanted dead simply because her brother messed with the wrong bike gang. It’s a story of redemption coming too late, and the ways happenstance can turn a warm man cold. Then warm again. Whether fate wrote his troubled life, or he wrote it himself, he wants Violet Caine to be the end of it. Be it figuratively or literally.

Selected Recent Accolades for Chad’s Short Fiction:

“A Second Look at Nothing”
Winner of the Telegraph-Journal‘s Salon Fiction Prize, judged by Alexander MacLeod, Sue Goyette and Thomas Hodd.
Winner of The Newfoundland & Labrador Arts & Letters Award for Short Fiction.

“Red”
Published in The Antigonish Review
Winner of The Newfoundland & Labrador Arts & Letters Award for Short Fiction.

“Holes to China”
Winner of the 2009 Cuffer Prize for Short Fiction
Published in Prairie Fire
English Language finalist for LTAC’s Words on the Move  Competition (Newfoundland chapter)

“What the Difference Is” and “Subtle Differences”
Second and third place winners in the 2011 and 2008 Cuffer Prize for Short Fiction, respectively.
Also, “All That he Saw” was shortlisted for the Cuffer in 2010, as was “Walls” in 2011.

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About chadpelley

Chad Pelley is a multi-award-winning author, photographer, and a closet musician from St. John's,
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