Short Fiction



Throughout my time spent in workshops and writing classes, I have been asked to write several short stories of various genres and lengths. I would like to share them with you now. While I am not a personal fan of short fiction, I have tried my hand at the craft and found that people seem to enjoy what I produce. I have been told that a novelist should be well versed in the craft of short fiction, as it makes the skills used to craft novels richer and sharper. I can attest to that statement. If you are writers yourselves, try experimenting with your work. Write some short pieces once in a while. It can be quite beneficial.

Several of these pieces have won awards in contests at my various schools, and others were used as assignments for classes. Be sure to read about each story if you're interested in looking at those pieces of information. There are also a few that were written for pleasure. Writing short pieces is incredibly difficult for me. If you are dissatisfied with any of this work, please don't let it dissuade you from looking at my novel-length pieces, as novel writing and short fiction writing are two completely different styles. I would say my short pieces are echos of my longer works, but they are not exactly the same. Regardless of that, I hope you enjoy these pieces.

I ask that nobody take anything from my website without giving credit where credit is due. If I find any of my work on other websites or find it has been used in any way without proper credit, the site will be shut down and all work will be removed. Lawsuits may also be called for. Take that to heart, if you will. :) If you would like to use these pieces for any reason, shoot me and e-mail and I might be willing to discuss these matters with you.

Thank you taking an interest. I hope you enjoy my work. :)

Best Regards,

Kat Jenning // Shade Shadows



Sparkling Greens

Here is a short piece I wrote in my junior year of college. My professor had us begin our semester by writing a short fiction piece to determine where our skills were, as it was a Beginning Fiction class. This is what I produced. Plenty of people have enjoyed this one, and an excerpt was used as an example of good writing for the class. It has not been placed in any contests at this time, though it might be in the future.
The Third Alternative
This particular story is not one of my favorites, and I do not regard it as my best work. It was written around the same time that my grandmother passed away, so my focus was not on perfection. However, it is one of my more recent works, so I figured it would be right to share it. I wrote it as an assignment for my creative writing class at the end of my freshman year of college. The professor and I had some disagreements over content, but ultimately it was up to me. This one was not entered in any contests, though I did submit it to a journal at Florissant Valley Community College for publication. I was never notified as to whether or not my piece was selected, so I have to assume that it was not.
Redemption: A Story of the Damned
This one was used for a contest at Florissant Valley Community College at the end of my freshman year in 2014. It won first place at the school, and second place in districts. I received a $50 award, if I recall, for the first place win, but I did not receive cash for winning second place. This story was originally written for pleasure, but when the time for a contest entry came due, I had to give it a try.
Daddy Still Wonders

This piece is one I contemplated writing for several weeks. I wasn't sure if I wanted to write it from a woman's perspective or a man's, but the subject matter was clear. I'm hoping, however, that this one is a bit mysterious to you. I wrote this on a Tuesday night after baking copious amounts of cookies in an effort to force the gears in my brain to turn. It hasn't been entered in a contest at this time.
It Happened Over Dinner

Now, this story means quite a bit to me. This was also written in my freshman year of college, but it was an honors project for my Composition II class. I was instructed to write a story using the different forms of argument. So that's exactly what I did. In addition, I submitted this story to the Florissant Valley writing competition in my sophomore year and was awarded first place, which came with a $50 prize. That year, however, districts was not hosting a competition, so that is as far as it went. I am proud of this piece. It is one of the first realistic fiction stories I have written.
The Demon Slayer
A short story based off of a novel I started my sophomore year of high school. I used this piece as an assignment for my creative writing class during my junior year of high school. My lovely teacher decided that she would enter it in a contest for me right as the semester was coming to an end. It won first place in the Gregory Snyder fiction contest with a cash prize of $100. This was my first short fiction piece.