I didn't win Tin House's contest in which they called for people to finish a Shirley Jackson Story. Rude.
Jokes! Actually, I don't know that I've ever submitted to such a specific contest like that, where you had to write something specifically for the contest itself, and it was a great deal of fun and was a really nice break from other writing I've been doing. I may now attempt to hold a one-person contest in which I try to write an opening to match the ending of this partial story written by Jac Jemc.
But, man, Shirley Jackson: what a dream boat, amiright?