22. The Selkie’s Daughter: Winner of The Postmasters Podcast Short Story Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our first annual short story contest. It was a pleasure to read your fiction. There were many, many fantastic stories to choose from, but in the end our winner was clear. “The Selkie’s Daughter” by Gina L. Grandi caught us in a fishing net of visceral prose.


Gina L. Grandi is a doctoral student and adjunct professor in the Educational Theatre program at New York University’s Steinhardt School. In her former life, she was a public school teacher in San Francisco and a teaching artist and arts administrator in New York. She is currently the co-founder and artistic director of The Bechdel Group, a new play development company dedicated to challenging the role of women on stage. Her writing was recently featured on the site 100 Word Story and she has received a number of very kind rejection letters from a wide variety of publishers and literary journals. Gina has a BA from Vassar College, a Masters from New York University, and an extensive finger puppet collection. She can be found on twitter at @yonderpaw.



“But the sea does not let go and she was part of the sea. She was drawn again and again to the water’s edge, trailing her fingers through the foam. She held fistfuls of wet sand in her pockets. The hems of her skirts were stiff with salt. She smelled my father’s hands when he came home, pressing her face into the brine and the tang of fish that lived in the crease of his palms.”

Highlights & Stuff

The Legend of the Selkie

“I really love mermaids. I wrote my undergrad thesis on mermaids.”

Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham

The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer (Persephone retelling)

03. Enterprise, Agency & Making Things Happen: A Dialogue with Author, Editor & Publisher Zoë Harris


Novelist, editor, and publisher Zoë Harris

Zoë Harris is a writer, editor and documentation specialist based in Bærum, just outside of Oslo. She studied professional writing and editing in Adelaide, South Australia, while simultaneously developing a career in IT project management. In 2006, Zoë moved to Norway with her Norwegian partner where she now runs her own editing and book formatting business, is co-founder of Grimbold Books – under which she manages the dark fiction imprint, Tenebris Books – and leads the Oslo International Writers’ Group. (28:10)

 As well as a number of short stories, Zoë is the author of a dark fantasy series called The Eidolon Cycle, represented by Inklings Literary Agency.

Zoë’s Blog: zoewrites.com

Follow Zoë on Twitter: @zoeselina

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