We’ve got our three finalists chosen and posted for Endever’s first writing contest. Please take a moment now to meet Contestant 2, Jared Johnson and then head over to Endever’s Facebook page to vote for your favorite contestant. Remember, please vote only once, or else your votes will be disqualified and not counted.
I’m a psychology student at VCU in Richmond, Virginia. Originally from Virginia Beach, I enjoy surfing and life by the ocean. I aspire to work in creative writing, either as a freelancer or with a production company (screenplays are as good as short stories), but I want to have a stable degree given the job climate.
Growing up, I’ve always been obsessed with reading Lovecraft, William Burroughs, and James Joyce. I also watched an unhealthy amount of horror films, among my favorites are Alien, Eraserhead, and The Thing. I think the ability to tell a suspenseful but extremely immersive narrative is the mark of genius because it has to be inviting enough for the audience to care but treacherous enough to cause us to worry and dread.
My inspiration for the story came from work I did in Managua’s former municipal dump (La Chureca). While I was there, I heard a story about a scavenger who had gone to use the restroom in an open sewer and fell twenty feet, nearly drowning in the filth but was saved by other members of the community. He was permanently disabled by the fall and sat crippled in a wheelchair when I met him. I was sixteen and I still think about it today. It leaves you feeling very disturbed and confused about the whole event. In the same sense, I want my stories to be easy to understand but hard to interpret – to be confusing and not very clear about why things unfold the way they do. Life will throw you a curveball and it’s up to you to make sense of it and give it meaning.
Click here to vote for Jared’s story and vote for him simply by clicking the “Like” button.
The winner will be announced on Sunday, March 13!