A Different Kind of Hero

The Independence Writers Group hosted a short story writing contest for adults that participate in any Charlotte Mecklenburg Library writing group. The theme wasA Different Kind of Hero”. This competition asked writers to consider their own answer to the following questions: Does the world need to rethink what it means to be a Hero? What qualities should a hero have? What other traits do they have but not need? What situations cause us to look again at whether we ourselvess could be heroes? 

Congratulations to the following writers and their winning entries.

First Place:  

Geoff Voorhees – Requiem

Requiem, like a lot of stories, ended up a bit different than it started off once characters started talking. I changed characters’ motivations around, opting to force Volaris to see where his decisions had taken him before giving him a chance to redeem himself. When Volaris confronts his own failings, he’s able to do what many could not, bringing him closer toward the path of a hero."

Geoff Voorhees is a lover of all things art. The last time he won a contest was in the sixth grade when he sent a letter into Nintendo Power magazine and won a copy of Super Metroid for the Super Nintendo. He lives in Huntersville, NC with his wife, son, and two ferocious terriers. He will self-publish “Forgotten Tales”, a collection of supernatural short stories, later this year. He is a member of the Wordsmiths Writing Group at North County Regional Library.

Second Place:  

Mark Brookshire – Darkness

"Darkness came about because I think we define heroes in two different ways.  One way is the actions of the hero themselves and the other is the impact a hero has on how others act.  This story was trying to capture those two view points as the narrator of the story is believed to be the hero of the people known as the “Mistweaver;” however, the hero to the narrator was the real “Mistweaver” who was the love of his life and how she changed his life."

Mark has been part of the Matthews Fiction Writing Group for over a year now and feels that being part of the group has made him a better writer.  He’s finished his first book and is now working on getting it ready for publication. 

Third Place:  

Dhanonjoy C Saha – The Blue Jacket  

Mr. Saha is a member of the South County Regional Library Adult Writing Group.  

Fourth Place:  

Surabhi Kaushik – Phoenix of Dreams 

"Phoenix of Dreams, is a fictional tale of a mother's struggle to educate her daughter despite their circumstances. "She was unstoppable not because she had failures and doubts but because she continued on despite them" - Beau Taplin. This quote describes to perfection, Parvati, the hero in my story. My story is inspired by ordinary people who do extraordinary things for those they love the most. It is not always the medals and awards that make us heroic, but the sacrifices, and the courage to stay afloat, even when everything around us crumbles down."

Surabhi Kaushik is an Indian writer, based in Charlotte North Carolina. Her work has been published in several portals such as Writer's Cafe and Your Story Club.  She is part of various writing groups in Charlotte and is closely associated with Write Like You Mean It, a writer’s group in Main Library, Charlotte.  

Fifth Place:  

Jonathan Heaslet – Larry – A Different Kind of Hero 

"The word “hero” typically connotes someone who has done something brave, something for the first time, or something that impacted people for the good.  And Larry was or did all those things.  But instead of being celebrated in his town, he was berated.  Instead of being feted, he was feared.  His very humanity was questioned.  In my telling of Larry’s last two years of life, I examine how he faced his critics, teaching us both how to live and how to die."

Jon grew up in California, obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa and graduate degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill and Eden Theological Seminary.  He has had two 25-year careers, the first as a health care economist and the second as an ordained minister.  He is now beginning his third career (hopefully another 25-years) as a writer of fiction and creative non-fiction. Jon is a member of the South County Regional Library Adult Writing Group.

The Independence Writers Group at Independence Regional Library meets on the first and third Saturday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  Not convenient for you? Explore the library's calendar of events for a full listing of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's writing groups.