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The Contest and Other Stories

Joe DiBuduo & Kate Robinson

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2017 Book Cover of the Year, Cassie Loves Covers

2018 Eric Hoffer / da Vinci Eye Finalist for excellence in cover art

2018 New Generation Book Award Finalist in the Young New Adult category
The US Review of Books - RECOMMENDED - book review by Michelle Jacobs
Editorial Reviews

“Love the atmosphere and story narration . . . vivid and gripping. The frame narrative is more compelling than expected . . . has hints of beat literature, and the story arc about an art magazine is interesting.“                                  

~ PekoeBlaze



"The archetypal overbearing father at odds with his son“s artistic ambitions is familiar but gets fresh treatment in this story of a fledgling literary arts magazine . . . Authors DiBuduo and Robinson capture the angst that accompanies finding your own way apart from your parents . . . The [linked] stories and accompanying color artwork help to generate an overall celebratory tone for all things literary . . .  DiBuduo and Robinson confirm the collaborative nature of the literary arts and the power of story to help us find our way."


~ Michelle Jacobs, The US Review of Books


"The Contest and Other Stories by Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson is a beautiful collection of stories that are exquisitely written . . . What makes this collection an exceptional one is the compelling cast of characters, the realism infused into the plot lines, and the plot structure that makes each story a must-read . . . I enjoyed these tales for their existential themes and the philosophical questions they ask . . . a gorgeous treat for short story buffs and the diversity in style, plot, and themes makes this a book that will appeal to a wide audience."

~ Christian Sia, Readers' Favorite


“Cheater” first appeared in Western Weird, Volume 4, Manifest West Series, (Western Press Books - Western State Colorado University, 2015).

“Night Café” won the quarterly New Short Fiction Award (Jerry Jazz Musician, 2012).

“Lost Memories” first appeared in The Memory Eater (CP Anthologies, 2012).

“A Twisted Garden” first appeared as The Yellow House” in Say Goodnight to the Bad Guy (May December Publications, 2011).

“The Snow Globe” first appeared in Best Served Cold: An Eye for An Eye (Runewright LLC, 2011).


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Joe DiBuduo is a retired house painter, and a budding sculptor and glass artisan who stays busy filling his front yard in Prescott Valley, Arizona with giant sculptures, and traveling around the country to check off adventures on his bucket list. He's the author of two paranormal novels, another connected collection of short stories, a historically relevant memoir, a popular nonfiction narrative, and his signature “flash fiction poetry,” quirky flash fiction, and children’s stories featured in anthologies and journals.


Kate Robinson whacks words in redwood glades and on beaches along coastal California, and promises to dance always with paradox and absurdity. Bookwise, she’s the author of a metaphysical sci-fi novel, an upcoming novella constructed from dreams, and two history books for middle-graders. Her short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and children’s stories are featured in international anthologies and journals.



The Contest and Other Stories is also available in full color and BW softcover editions from Ingrams and Tootie-Do Press. E-book distribution is exclusive to Amazon.