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Published June 26, 2009
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their April Family Matters competition.  This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories about family, with a word count range 500-12,000.  Monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

First place:  Randolph Thomas of Baton Rouge, LA, wins $1200 for “According to Foxfire”.  His story will be published in the Fall 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in August 2010.

Second place:  Amy S. Gottfried of Thurmont, MD, wins $500 for “Chim Chiminy”.  Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place:  Abe Gaustad of Germantown, TN, wins $300 for “A Month of Rain”.

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadlines approaching!

Fiction Open:  June 30
This quarterly competition is open to all writers for stories on any theme, with a word count range of 2000-20,000.  Click here for complete guidelines.

Best Start:  June 30
This new category is different from their others in that the piece should be an engaging and coherent narrative, but it does not need to be a complete story; it needs to be an important part of a story in progress.  Only open to writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed print publication with a circulation over 3000.  Maximum word count:  1000.  Click here for complete guidelines.
Published June 24, 2009
The most recent issue of Western Humanities Review (Summer 2009) includes works by the winners of the 16th Annual Utah Writers' Contest. First prize in prose went to Matthew Kirkpatrick for "Different Distances"; first prize in poetry went to Christine Marshall for "Fits of White" (though she has several other poems published in this issue and not the one named in the contest).
Published June 23, 2009
Teresa Stores was selected by Tayari Jones as Kore Press Short Fiction Winner 2010 for her story "Frost Heaves." She is the author of three novels and her work has appeared in numerous literary journals. Stores is an associate professor of English at the University of Hartford.

The runners-up are Margaret Cardillo with "Hysterical," and Patricia Engel with "The Bridge."
Published June 22, 2009
More than fifty short-story collections have appeared in the Flannery O'Connor Award series, which was established to encourage gifted emerging writers by bringing their work to a national readership. The first prize-winning book was published in 1983; the award has since become an important proving ground for writers and a showcase for the talent and promise that have brought about a resurgence in the short story as a genre. Winners are selected through an annual competition that attracts as many as three hundred manuscripts. Winners for 2009 whose works will be published this fall are: Geoffrey Becker for Black Elvis and Lori Ostlund for The Bigness of the World.
Published June 19, 2009
The sixth annual storySouth Million Writers Award is now closed. The winners, based on the popular vote of readers, are:

First place: "The Fisherman's Wife" by Jenny Williams (LitNImage)
Runner-up: "Fuckbuddy" by Roderic Crooks (Eyeshot)
Honorable mention (third place): "No Bullets in the House" by Geronimo Madrid (Drunken Boat)
Published June 16, 2009
Black Lawrence Press has announced Patrick Michael Finn as the winner of the 2009 Hudson Prize. His short story collection From the Darkness Right Under Our Feet will be available from Black Lawrence Press in 2011. Finalists and semi-finalists are listed on the Black Lawrence Press website.

Each year Black Lawrence Press awards The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. Winning manuscripts are published by the press and their authors are awarded cash prizes of $1,000.
Published June 05, 2009
The newest issue of Newport Review online includes the winners of their Flash Fiction Contest:

First Prize
"Company of Heaven" by Marc Harshman

Second Prize
"Mirror" by F. J. Bergmann

Third Prize
"Real Self" by Suzanne Lamb

Honorable Mention
"Take Me Away, Spank Junkies" by Penni Jones
"Loose" by Tammy Delatorre
Published June 04, 2009
Redivider Quickie Contest 2009 Winners & Finalists

Judged by George Singleton
Winner: "Confession" by John Stadler
Finalists: J. Bowers, Ashley Luster, Roberta Hartling Gates, James Tadd Adcox

Judged by Rane Arroyo
Winner: "Tinnitus Valentine" by Erin Keane
Finalists: Judy Halebsky, T.A. Noonan, Sean Keck, Donna Vorreyer
Published June 03, 2009
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their March Fiction Open.

First place: Justin Torres of New York, NY, wins $2000 for “Surrender Unto Us”. His story will be published in the Summer 2010 issue of Glimmer Train Stories, out in May 2010.

Second place: Vauhini Vara of Iowa City, IA, wins $1000 for “We’ll Rise Above the Sky”. Her story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.

Third place: Keith Meatto of New York, NY, wins $600 for “Tierra Santa”.

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

And beginning June 1, Glimmer Train opens a brand new category! Guidelines here: Best Start.
Published June 01, 2009
Press 53 has announced the winners for their 2009 Open Awards - honorable mentions and finalists can be found on the Press 53 website.

Young Writers (13-17)
Judge Tavia Stewart
First Prize: Beckett Bathanti of Vilas, NC for Short Story: “The Return”
Second Prize: Clara Fannjiang of Davis, CA for Poetry: “Letter to My Sentry,” “Foible,” and “Shakespeare's Curse”

Judge Kathryn Stripling Byer
First Prize: Janice Townley Moore of Young Harris, GA for “Windows Filled With Gifts,” “I'd Like to Think the Truth About the World,” and “Beginning Homer's Illiad Once Again.”
Second Prize: Malaika King of Pinehurst, NC for “On Your Birth Day,” “Sweat Test for Cystic Fibrosis,” and “Swift Water.”

Flash Fiction
Judge Mark Budman
First Prize: Shannon Barton-Wren of San Francisco, CA for “San Diego, 1978”
Second Prize: Jason Stout of Atlanta, GA for “Paper Boats”

Short-Short Story
Judge Scott Yarbrough
First Prize: Kirk Barrett of Wilmington, NC for “Sarajevo Roses”
Second Prize: Jesse Tangen-Mills of Bogata, Columbia for “Twenty Ways to Love Before Dying”

Short Story
Judge Rusty Barnes
First Prize: Ryan Stone of Rossville, IL for “Run Nowhere”
Second Prize: Taylor Brown of San Francisco, CA for “Kingdom Come”

Genre Fiction
Judge Laura Benedict
First Prize: Alexander Lumans of Carbondale, IL for “Haruspices”
Second Prize: Jeff Bond of Midland, MI for “Motown Mojo”

Creative Nonfiction
Judge Dinty W. Moore
First Prize: Laura S. Distelheim of Highland Park, IL for “On Ruth, Whom I Couldn't Let Slip By”
Second Prize: Kate Carroll de Gutes of Portland, OR for “Cure”

Judge Ashley Warlick
First Prize: Jan Parker of Fuquay-Varina, NC for Hard Times and Happenstance
Second Prize: J.W. Robison of Effingham, IL for The True Adventures of Mustard Tater

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