Announcing the Results of the 5th Annual Fiction Contest
We’d like thank all the writers who submitted work for consideration. It was our pleasure and honor to receive such challenging, poignant, and innovative stories. We salute your commitment to your craft and look forward to seeing more of your work in the future!
Please join us in congratulating the finalists and grand prize winner of our 5th Annual Fiction Contest.
The top eight finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
Charlene Allen, “Carry Me Home”
Cara Bayles, “Ostrita”
Rachel Borup, “Crash”
Heather Dundas, “House Menu”
Jennifer Jacobson, “Trouble and Bones”
Julie Justicz, “Conch Pearl”
David Parr, “How to Survive Overwhelming Loss and Loneliness in 5 Easy Steps”
Maegan Poland, “Sustainable”
And the winning entry is: Ben Philippe, “Momentum”
Judge Michael Cunningham says of the winner:
“Momentum” is not only that rarity, a full and complete story with great scope and depth — it also contains another rarity: a plot development that I for one didn’t see coming, but which made perfect sense once it landed in place. It’s no small trick, surprising a reader. “Momentum” incorporates significant human issues without sacrificing the nuances of character. And there’s no denying the effortless potency of its central idea — the child sabotaging his mother’s marriage to his father, because the child alone understands that he and his mother won’t survive if the father stays on board.
Ben’s story will be published in Louisiana Literature. He will also receive $1,500, domestic airfare, French Quarter accommodations, and a VIP All-Access Pass to attend the upcoming 2013 Festival, where he will give a public reading of his winning piece.