Original stories by William H. Coles


The Wreck of the Amtrak’s Silver Service

Competition Story for the Rockwell/Wyeth/Homer Competition for Fiction Illustrators

"The Wreck of the Amtrak’s Silver Service" by William H. Coles

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The Indelible Myth

Competition Story for the Rockwell/Wyeth/Homer Competition for Fiction Illustrators

"The Indelible Myth" by William H. Coles

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Inside the Matryoshka

A Short Story

"Inside the Matryoshka" by William H. Coles

A trucker breaks his rule about hitchhikers to discover evil in someone he comes to care about.

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Speaking of the Dead

A Short Story

"Speaking of the Dead" by William H. Coles

At a double funeral the librarian husband–who has been spurned–of the mother and the college roommate of the daughter both meet for the first time and struggle to prepare eulogies for those dead they didn't like.

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The Necklace

A Short Story

"The Necklace" by William H. Coles

Two couples on tour find new meaning in their lives after the theft of a precious necklace.
William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Awards Finalist (2011), Finalist (2012).

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The Golden Flute

A Short Story

"The Golden Flute" by William H. Coles

Two women with declining allure fight for supremacy for the men in their lives.
William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Awards Semifinalist (2011), Short-list finalist (2012).

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The Amish Girl

A Short Story

"The Amish Girl" by William H. Coles

A girl and boy in love challenge diverse cultural values.
William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Awards Semi-Finalist (2012).

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Dr. Greiner's Day in Court

A Short Story

"Dr. Greiner's Day in Court" by William H. Coles

A young girl comes of age when her father is charged with murder.

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The Cart Boy

A Short Story

"The Cart Boy" by William H. Coles

A store manager befriends an employee.

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Big Gene

A Short Story

"Big Gene" by William H. Coles

A black piano player infiltrates the KKK in the cultural wars of the seventies.
William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Awards Semifinalist (2011), Semi-Finalist (2012).

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Grief

A Short Story

"Grief" by William H. Coles

A mother grieves her former boyfriend and sees her daughter in a new light.
William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition Awards Finalist (2010), Semi-Finalist (2012).

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The War of the Flies

A Short Story

"The War of the Flies" by William H. Coles

A grandmother helps her grandson maneuver in the custody battle of his parents.

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Father Ryan

A Short Story

"Father Ryan" by William H. Coles

A Catholic priest confronts lust.

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The Gift

A Short Story

"The Gift" by William H. Coles

A determined mother protects her deformed child from the destructive sympathies of family and society.

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Suchin's Escape

A Short Story

"Suchin's Escape" by William H. Coles

Suchin's Escape was a short-list finalist in the 2010 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.

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The Stonecutter

A Short Story

"The Stonecutter" by William H. Coles

Stonecutter's son falls hopelessly in love with a client.

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Facing Grace With Gloria

A Short Story

"Facing Grace With Gloria" by William H. Coles

Finalist in the 2007 William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition

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Homunculus

A Short Story

"Homunculus" by William H. Coles

A top three finalist in William Faulkner:William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition 2008

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The Perennial Student

A Short Story

"The Perennial Student" by William H. Coles

An associate professor learns more from his student than he expected.

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The Activist

A Short Story

"The Activist" William H. Coles

Coming of age while helping a nephew.

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Curse of a Lonely Heart

A Short Story

"Curse of a Lonely Heart" by William H. Coles

A dinner party goes awry.

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The Miracle of Madame Villard

A Short Story

"The Miracle of Madame Villard" by William H. Coles

Miracles emerge in the chaos of the French revolution.

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On the Road to Yazoo City

A Short Story

"On the Road to Yazoo City" by William H. Coles

Discovering love in Mississippi when there's nothing left at the bottom of the bucket.

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Captain Withers’s Wife

A Short Story

"Captain Withers’s Wife" William H. Coles

Finalist in the William Faulkner: William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition

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The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings

A Short Story

"The Thirteen Nudes of Ernest Goings" William H. Coles

A finalist in the 2008 William Faulkner-William Wisdom Creative writing competition.

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Reddog

A Short Story

"Reddog" by William H. Coles

Winner 2006 Sandhills Writers Competition

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Clouds

A Short Short Story

"Clouds" by William H. Coles

A mother drives her handicapped son to be institutionalized.

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Dilemma

A Short Short Story

When is a life not worth saving?

"Dilemma" by William H. Coles

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Crossing Over

A Short Short Story

"Crossing Over" William H. Coles

Presented at Kenyon College and at Zoetrope Belize Workshop

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The Bear

A Short Short Story

"The Bear" by William H. Coles

Sacrificing a child to survive.

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Lost Papers

A Short Short Story

"Lost Papers" by William H. Coles

Losing a wife to keep a secret.

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