Enfield aspiring writer Constantine, who previously was homeless for five years, is celebrating being published after he won a short story competition.
First year Middlesex University creative writing student Constantine (40), who suffers from dyslexia, dyspraxia and Asperger’s syndrome, was selected from more than 700 entries to appear in ‘Jam’ - an anthology of modern short fiction recounting the quirkiness of the everyday.
The competition was run by creative network Ideastap and publisher Mardibooks.
His story, ‘And Things Began to Change’, caught the eye of the judges. The story is about a man named John Christophe who, as mankind continues its self destructive path, is the only hope. He has a message, something that will trigger profound consequences as things begin to change.
The story was influenced by ‘The Lottery’ by Shirley Jackson and ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ by Robert A Heinlein.
Homeless for five years, Constantine has faced arduous hardship throughout his life but his ambition is to inspire his son who also has Asperger’s syndrome by studying for a Creative Writing degree on a part time basis.
Constantine said: “The course at Middlesex has been like thinking I could see perfectly well, only to discover I've had one eye shut my entire life. The tutors have been excellent, they have pushed me and made me think in new ways. I hope that if I can achieve this after year one, where might I dream of being by the end of my course.
“Overall there were over 700 entries from every level of writer and I'm truly honoured that mine should be among the winners.”
‘Jam’ is available to buy through Amazon and Mardibooks.