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“On Loss, an anthology,” available July 2019 on, includes “Check Mate” the most recently published short story by Chad V. Broughman. A tale of a young man’s struggle with mental illness and the pains of seeking solace from a father who loves conditionally. Chad captures the human condition in his characters’ emotions, family conflict, and loss, sure to leave readers reeling...


The 2019 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize

Chad V. Broughman has done it again! Not one, but TWO stories long-listed in The 2019 Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize, one short-listed, then selected to be published. 

Pulp Lit writes, “It was a hard fought battle between our top ten feisty hummingbird entrants, and the skirmish between the final two was fierce indeed....”

Judge Bob Thurber had this to say, “The runner-up, ‘Featherweight’, was a close contender with an ache all its own.” He added that the winning pieces were “Two fine stories with dynamic voices.”

Be sure to check out ‘Featherweight’ by Chad V. Broughman when it’s published in Pulp Literature, Issue 25, Winter 2019.

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Congratulations Chad V. Broughman for being selected as the Readers’ Choice Winner in the 2019 Write Michigan Contest. “Mother of a hanged girl” will be published in the 2019 Write Michigan Anthology by Chapbook Press. More information at

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2018 “First Chapter” Contest Winner

“Mother of a Hanged Girl”

“Mother of a Hanged Girl”

"Ada had managed to shield her daughter from the town’s fury for months. But ultimately, she had failed. And Ruth would pay with her life. Ada’s instinct was to cover her girl’s eyes, shield her from the angst and ruthlessness, her muscles aching that she couldn’t.." Please read one of our three award-winning "first chapters"- "Mother of a Hanged Girl" by author Chad V. Broughman is a poignant telling of a tragic tale.

Adobe Cottage Writer’s Retreat Fiction COntest Winner

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Chad V. Broughman was the 2017 Adobe Cottage Writer's Retreat Fiction Contest for his coming-of-age literary short story titled “Uriah’s Last Rites.” He spent a week at the writer’s cottage in Placitas, New Mexico with coaching from New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, Susan Donovan and Darynda Jones.

Chad visited New Mexico in August 2017.  His novel-in-progress is in the grueling stage of revision.