What I’m gathering from knob and robjvargas, is that I should rewrite the story without the 1500 word limit? I get what you guys are saying about character and it was hard pressed to include everything in that word count. Thanks for the responses, I’ll look at the story again with the comments in mind.
You don’t have to surrender the word limit, I don’t think. I think you can change the way you present the story, be able to say more in fewer words, and have a better read doing it.
You do a lot of telling this happened, that happened. If you can get that story fully into the main character’s head, there are ways of presenting things that bring more to the story.