“The Paradise Aperture” is a contemporary fantasy short story I wrote about a disillusioned photographer desperately searching for his wife, even when everyone else believes she is dead.

In 2012, it won the prestigious Writers of the Future Golden Pen Award and was named to Tangent Online’s Recommended Reading List for the year.

Writers of the Future is an international contest judged by a panel of premiere authors, such as Kevin J. Anderson, Orson Scott Card,  and David Farland.

The awards ceremony has been operating for 30 years now and is one of the four biggest honors in the genre, along with the Hugo, Nebula, and Campbell Awards.

I eyed the door with distrust. The shocking blue was brighter than I usually photographed, but maybe that was where I’d been going wrong. Marie had always loved vibrant colors. If she was behind any door, it would be one like this.

“The Paradise Aperture” was originally published in the Writers of the Future Anthology, Vol. 28, but has also been “reprinted” in audio form on the Hugo award-winning podcast StarShipSofa, No.235.