My Writing


Published writing
by Stanley Dankoski

My writer bio

Stanley Dankoski is a book editor, portrait/event photographer, and certified Gateless Writing instructor, with fiction published at Literary OrphansThe Great Smokies Review, and Lime Hawk. One of his flash fiction stories landed on the 2016 Wigleaf longlist, and a short story was a semifinalist for the William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. Having spent most of his life in New England, he now writes from Asheville, North Carolina.

Short stories

2015: "Hands" in Literary Orphans and on the 2016 Wigleaf longlist

2016: "Graveyard Shift" in The Great Smokies Review

2017: "Making Hay" in Lime Hawk

2017: "Gankoyama" not published but selected as a semi-finalist in Ruminate magazine's William Van Dyke Short Story Prize.

Personal essay

2017: "Channeling Thomas Wolfe’s Uncle: The Muse in Masquerade" in The Great Smokies Review

2018: “Yearning: Story’s Efficient Engine“ in The Great Smokies Review


1996-2006: In a former life, in college and post-graduation, I was a small-town reporter for both weekly and daily newspapers, where I first learned how to take photos to accompany my stories. I am grateful for all the photographers and photo editors who have taught me a thing or two along the way.

Newspapers included:

And in 2001 I had a freelance story in Quill, a magazine by the Society of Professional Journalists.

My first published story ever

1994: "Charles Hutchinson" in ECHOES magazine, written in high school as part of the ECHOES high school outreach program. The magazine had a contest that I did not place, but the publisher deemed my story worthy to publish after further revision. The publisher later became my college advisor.