Short Stories, Essays, Awards


Sharon was a family therapist before retiring in 2006, and–like her novel, Across a Narrow Strait–her short stories deal largely with the messy business of love, family, and relationships. Oh, and watch for a bird or two.

2022

“Like Morning Glory Vines,” about the death of Sharon’s mom, and love, was published by Grief Dialogues here: https://griefdialoguesstories.com/2022/02/14/like-morning-glory-vines/

2021

“Disappearing,” a personal essay about dementia, took Honourable Mention in the 2021 Victoria Writers Society Annual Contest and published in Island Writer Magazine, vol. 19, Winter 2021.

2020

THE NEIGHBOUR
“The Neighbour,” was shortlisted for the 2020 Federation of BC Writers BC/Yukon Short Fiction Contest, then took second place in the Muskoka Authors Association’s 2020 Melody Richardson Memorial Contest.

“The Neighbour” was made into a podcast, renamed “Joe,” for SomeKinda Woman: Stories of Us by Caitlin Hicks and Gord Halloran. Have a listen: https://www.caitlinhicks.com/wordpress/joe-by-guest-author-sharon-mcinnes/

VARIOUS FUNCTIONS OF FIRE
“Various Functions of Fire” took first place for fiction in the 2020 Victoria Writers Society Annual Writing Contest. It is included in Island Writer Magazine, vol. 18.

“Various Functions of Fire” was made into a podcast by Stories Less Spoken in 2021. Listen here: https://podcasts.google.com/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5idXp6c3Byb3V0LmNvbS8xNTMzOTQ2LnJzcw/episode/QnV6enNwcm91dC03MzAwMzAw?sa=X&ved=0CAQQkfYCahcKEwjQuP666ovvAhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQAQ

A SYMPHONY of SPARROWS
“A Symphony of Sparrows” took second place in Askew’s Word on the Lake Writing Contest. It is included in the anthology, Sorry You’re Not Here, edited by Scott Fitzgerald Gray of the  Shuswap Association of Writers, and available on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.ca/Sorry-Youre-Not-Here-Anthology/dp/1777199301

OTHER SHORT STORIES

“The David and Goliath” was published in Island Writer Magazine, vol. 18.