Library’s 805 Literary Journal Committee Selects Contest Winner


MANATEE COUNTY, FL (January 7, 2016) – Manatee County Public Library is excited to announce that a winning entry has been selected for the 805 Literary Journal’s Flash Fiction Contest. Joshua Mohr’s entry, entitled The Impossible Promise, was selected from over 40 other submissions that ranged from the macabre to comedy. Mohr will be receiving a free ticket, courtesy of the Manatee Library Foundation, to attend their fundraising event, Book Ends: An Evening with Two Literary Giants, to be held on Tuesday, January 19, at 7:00 p.m. at the Neel Performing Arts Center on the campus of the State College of Florida. Best-selling author John Grisham will be joined in conversation on stage by renowned author Stephen King.

Contestants in the Flash Fiction contest were tasked with creating either a poem or brief fiction entry, taking their inspiration from a photograph depicting an eerie night scene outside an old- fashioned building on a deserted street. Mohr’s entry evokes the emotional memories of a camera’s original owner who captured horrifying images during World War I and asks his daughter to use it in the future to only photograph beautiful things. Sadly the daughter is using the camera to capture an image of a blacked-out London street, anticipating a bombing at the onset of World War II. As the winning entry, this story will be featured in a future edition of the Library’s online 805 Literary Journal, presently in its second issue which may be viewed at

Mohr says after viewing the somber photograph he wanted to convey a sense of introspection in his story, contemplating the triviality and randomness of tragedies associated with war. A Bradenton resident, he developed a love for books and reading at an early age, often browsing the Children’s Department of our own public library. Having spent a great deal of his adult life overseas, his work and travel experiences have provided him with much of the content and perspective found in his writing. He lives and writes in a small cottage in Village of the Arts.

A limited number of tickets are still available for the Grisham/King event as of this writing. Please visit the Manatee Library Foundation’s website at for more information. Funds raised by this event will be used to further promote the Library’s early childhood literacy efforts in our community.

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