I’m happy to let you all know that the copyrights of my short story, “Conflict Zone Date” have cleared and reverted back to me. I am making the story available for purchase to individuals. Send me your email to email@example.com if you wish to purchase it and I’ll send you a request for payment and a PDF copy of the story.
“Conflict Zone Date” was originally published in Consequence Magazine: an International Literary Magazine Focusing on the Culture of War,” Volume 8, Spring 2016.
If you want to read some pieces from the story before purchasing, I’ve published two fragments of it:
Conflict Zone Date – Fragment 1
Conflict Zone Date – Fragment 2
The story is based on an incident of violence that happened in September 2012 in Jerusalem. The media reported it as a lynching. A young Palestinian man was escorting his Jewish friend home from a party, and he was attacked by a group of young Jewish men, ending up in need of hospitalization. It was a hate crime. He was beaten solely because he is a Palestinian. Hundreds of hate crimes are perpetrated every year here. Most of them don’t even make headlines. Sometimes, a story makes its way into my life, the people involved in it keep tugging at the edges of my imagination. What was their life like before? A week before? On the day of the incident? A week after? What did they do for a living? Were they students? Did they love? What was their favourite color? Did they live in the city alone, with a friend, or in the village surrounded by a big family? Were they lonely or did they have a wild social life?
I wrote more about how the story came about to life, which you can read here: On the Art of Writing Short Stories.
You can also purchase the issue through their website: http://www.consequencemagazine.org/. If you enjoy my writing, please consider supporting my work through Patreon. For any pledge over $5 a month, you will receive a copy of “Conflict Zone Date,” along with other goodies, depending on your pledge. To support my work, please visit: www.patreon.com/khulud_khamis.