The Contest and Other Stories

The Contest and Other Stories

by Joe DiBuduo, Kate Robinson

Paperback(Bw Interior ed.)

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Peter John Rizzo, a 1960 graduate of Yale University’s journalism program, inherits a floundering art magazine from his uncle, John Rizzo, with the provision that he must increase the circulation or forfeit all assets to creditors.

Peter Rizzo, Pete’s father, is a banker who scorns careers in the Arts and Humanities, and is jealous of his late brother’s influence upon his wife and son.

Classic Art Expose’s devoted but unorthodox editorial assistant, Jason, and two university interns, sisters Shirley and Evie, help Pete start a monthly short story contest with artwork prompts, hoping to expand and save the business.

As the four friends publish the winning (and sometimes disturbing) stories over the following eighteen months, Pete battles his father’s attempts to ruin his business and his reputation, and in the process, discovers a sordid family secret. What else could possibly go astray?

2018 Eric Hoffer - Da Vinci Eye Award Finalist - (for excellence in cover art)

2018 Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist - Young New Adult (17 years and up)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692973684
Publisher: Tootie-Do Press
Publication date: 03/08/2018
Edition description: Bw Interior ed.
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

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.

AKA @katerwriter, Kate Robinson began her literary career writing bad poetry at age ten. After working as a grocery clerk, nursing assistant and home health aide, city bus driver, museum aide, a variety of clerical positions, and K-12 substitute teacher, all while studying (BA 1999, MA 2010) and raising a family, scribbling looked like a suitable diversion. Kate honed her creative writing and editing chops in Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, Wales, Kenya, and Finland, which serves her well as chief word-whacker at Starstone Lit Services and Tootie-Do Press. Kate promises to dance always with absurdity and paradox.

Table of Contents



1 A Lonely Death 15

2 A New Routine 33

3 Exposé Expansion 40

4 The Editors Grimm 55

5 Progress 66

6 Saving the Day 75

7 Doomed to Disaster 88

8 Black Magazine Monday 98

9 Two Steps Back 108

10 Trouble in Spades 122

11 Treasure Map 134

12 Clout vs. Integrity 147

13 On a Roll 159

14 Stumbling Blocks or Stepping Stones? 169

15 Slow Afternoon 186

16 Competition 194

17 Who, What, When, Where, Why & How? 204

18 Breaking Even 210

19 New & Improved 222

20 Story of a Lifetime 233


Night Cafe 24

Vasily 37

Hero 43

Praise Neptune! 60

The Conquistadors’ Surprise 68

Lost Memories 77

The Snow Globe 90

A Life in Flowers 102

A Twisted Garden 112

The Island 124

Nicor 136

Masterpiece 152

Looking Out for Harry 162

The Imposter 172

Alone 189

Cheater 196

Success 207

The Jonah 212

Heaven or Hell? 227

Suggested Reading 239

About the Authors 243

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The Contest and Other Stories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Literary_Titan More than 1 year ago
The Contest and Other Stories by Joe Dibuduo and Kate Robinson is an amazing book about finding yourself and doing what you love. The book has some amazing and inspiring stories such as one that introduces a man named Peter. A banker who longs to have a career in art and the approval of his uptight father. He may get the chance with an untimely death in the family that will send him on a journey of self-discovery. There are also stories that tie into the main story. One, in particular, is about Vincent van Gough and the struggles he had to overcome to become the artist we know today. This book examines the struggles, trials, and accomplishments we all face and delivers a positive message that no matter what life throws at you, you have to make yourself happy. Don’t let what someone else thinks or feels about you matter because at the end of the day it's about what you think or feel about yourself. The Contest and Other Stories written by Joe Dibuduo and Kate Robinson is very inspirational and heartwarming. I love how the writers captured the struggles that each individual character went through, the longing for approval and acceptance of others and their fears of the unknown. I felt that the layout of the book could have a better structure. One moment I was reading one story and then the book jumps into another. Without some orientation, this can be a little jarring. One example of this is in The Contest; there is a painting of Van Gogh that was used in the contest and then immediately we go into a story about Van Gogh. After each chapter the authors leave you with a cliffhanger that makes you want to keep reading. Even though this book jumps back and forth between stories, it's a minor quibble, and I find this book worthwhile in all aspects. I would recommend this book to anyone that feels like they aren’t good enough or feel like they need some encouraging words. This is an engaging and entertaining read that will leave you with a positive feeling.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite The Contest and Other Stories by Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson is a beautiful collection of stories that are exquisitely written, stories that deal with art, love, family, and other themes that readers can easily relate to. 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. The conflict is handled with skill. The writing is stellar, the stories awesome, real, and captivating. The stories in this collection are well-crafted and the authors have mastered the art of making each story into a sumptuous dessert for the reader. They are short and characterized by an emotional and psychological intensity that make them hard to put down. “The Impostor,” “A Twisted Garden,” “Alone,” and “Success” were my best stories in this collection, and I enjoyed these tales for their existential themes and the philosophical questions they ask. You’ll move from one story to the next without noticing it, each delivered through masterful hands, transporting the reader into the minds of the compelling characters, making the reader relive their dilemmas and allowing the reader to feel their excitement or their pain. With realistic themes of love, success, pain, life, solitude, and death written into the stories, readers will not be able to miss the connection that makes these stories relevant. The Contest and Other Stories by Joe DiBuduo and Kate Robinson is 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.