Inna Kitaychik with her story ''Brutus'' is the first prize winner of Eyelands 7th International Short Story Contest for the year 2017. As it happens every year we are curious to know more about our first prize winner so here's Inna answering to our questions about her story, her writings, Greece and her future plans!
It's the second time, after Seth Libby (2014) that the winner is from United States. We hope that Inna will be in Greece and Crete for her holidays next summer and probably have a lot more to say about all these!!
- How did you feel when you heard about the winning prize?
- It was your first submission to us. How did you know about the contest?
- Have you ever been in Greece?
- How do you imagine life here especially in the summertime? Have you any friends from Greece or friends who have travelled here?
- Is it a strange feeling that you won a prize an international contest, based from a country far far away from you? Did you believe that your story had a chance to win the prize?
- When did you start writing stories?
- Tell me about your story. How did you come up with the idea?
- Are there any other distinctions for your writings till now?
- What are your future plans?
Inna Kitaychik was born in Belarus, brought up in New York City, and now lives in California. I studied art history in college and urban planning for her master’s degree. She now works in the environmental field. On a creative level, she has written prose and poetry since high school. She is interested in how science and technology alter and elevate the human condition. Inna is currently working on a story that challenges the cautionary tale trope often found in futuristic novels and instead explores post-apocalyptic utopias. She would like to think that there is something to look forward to!
THE STRANGE LOVE AFFAIRS collection (cover painting by Andriana Minou) with all the prize winner and shortlisted stories of eyelands 7th International Short Story Contest is scheduled to be published in Greece in December 20th, 2017 from Strange Days Books and will be available via amazon.com