Short Fiction

Short fiction is baked into my DNA. My grandfather and namesake, Dwight Mitchell Wiley, wrote regularly for the Saturday Evening Post, Collier’s, and other weekly magazines back when short stories and serials were as eagerly awaited as a binge-worthy TV series being streamed today. I’ve published stories in leading literary journals, won some awards along the way, and have a couple of collections for readers to enjoy. They’re available in print and ebook. I hope you’ll give them a read.

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From the winner of the Arts & Letters Prize for Fiction, a new collection of stories.

KIRKUS REVIEWS  says “Holing is adroit at hinting at possibilities: nuances of what might or might not happen…an easy mixture of narrative and description. Yearning rather than bemoaning; a poignant and altogether agreeable sequence of tales.”

Moving from the poignant to the humorous and back again, Dwight Holing takes readers on a memorable journey to the wilderness of love where people must reconcile desire and reality. These stories travel terrains both exotic and familiar — from the wilds of Africa where a couple must contend with an unspoken truth to a woman fighting for a child in an orphanage to a wind farmer falling under the spell of an island’s magic. They explore the territory in our heart where the human spirit dwells while marveling at the natural world’s ability to nourish our soul.

”Written with humanity and humor.”

”Beautiful and moving.”

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What They Are Saying…
Dwight Holing’s work compels us with the texture of its language, entering us like music and insisting that we feel the story on more than one level as we read it. This is a writer who impresses us with his eye and ear and heart. – Judson Mitcham, Poet Laureate of Georgia

Dwight Holing has the ability to put the reader into another person’s head, young or old, and into that person’s world, even as that world is ending, a topic few writers can deal with. – The Editors

Dwight Holing tells brutal, beautiful stories of being young. Whether it’s learning a new job, being alone for the first time, losing everything, or any number of experiences, Holing captures that sense of discovery, both good and bad, that being young can have on the whittling away of a naive soul. Holing’s style packs a roundhouse kick to the head in each take, but it is the story “Salt” that not only pounds on the reader’s sensibilities and emotions but claws at the soul.  – The Valdosta Daily Times