And how brief might they be? I'm entering my short story in a magazine for publication thanks to a success story by a fellow forumite. This is my don't-know-what-the-hell-I'm-doing rough draft of the cover letter. As you can see it is incomplete: Stone Games is a cross between Lovecraftian and sci-fi genres. It was inspired by real crabs on a real beach in Fiji. We threw little pebbles out across the sand and little crabs, the kind with one large claw, would all dart toward the rock, suddenly stopping when the first one reached it. I began writing and the story took on a life of its own. Full disclosure: I entered the story in the writingforums.org short story contest and it won. The forum is closed to non-members and it won’t show up on a search, so it is not considered published and they have no rights to it. Wasn't sure where to go with a bio here. I have a novel, YA Sci-fi that is nearing completion. I could use any help anyone has to offer. Thanks.