SMYRNA — She packed a lot into 20 pages.
Cindy Cavett’s brevity won a national short story award in late June.

Praised by her literary peers, the 39-year-old Smyrna author’s “Dog- napping in Ocean City” received top honors at the National Federation of Press Women’s annual Communications Conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“I feel like the NFPW has a lot of members who are extraordinary in what they do, from writers, editors, journalists, publicists, artists, reporters, bloggers,” she said.

“There are a lot of incredible people involved and just to be judged by them is an honor. Receiving such positive feedback from them is the most rewarding part of this.”

The story’s plot centers around a series of local dog disappearances and the chase by an Ocean City police officer and private investigator to solve the mystery.

It’s part of a 200-page paperback “Beach Love” featuring several locally-based tales and published by Cat & Mouse Press of Lewes.

“Beach Love” can be found at local booksellers at the beach, online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

It’s been a great half year — Ms. Cavett’s “Rehoboth Beach Break” was included in gift bags presented to 2019 Golden Globe nominees and presenters.

“The thought of Bradley Cooper, Tina Fey or Lady Gaga picking up something I wrote is such a thrill,” she said. “It all feels really surreal, it’s kind of hard to describe.
“I’m humbled again.”

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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