2008 Fiction Contest Winners
Jessie Aufiery, for “Somewhere Along the Way”
Guest Judge Thomas E Kennedy says: "(This story) presents a kind of dystopian world, though one that seems to approximate where we live now—or some parts of it, or somewhere close by—as hip as it is well-written."
Brian E. Drake, for "Some Places of Interest to the Anomalist"
Kennedy says: "An anomaly itself and a brief one, though impeccably written, unerringly errant, boldly odd, apparently meaningless, rippling with little jokes along its deadpan, tongue-in-cheeky surface, original and self-defining."
Randy Susan Meyers, for "Sure Has Been a Long Time Since You Killed Mama"
Kennedy says: "An unsentimental handling of a situation which might have, but doesn't, collapse into the terrible emotions it contains."
Kevin P. Keating, for "In the Secret Parts of Fortune"
Kennedy says: "(This story is) memorable for its Gothic mood in modern dress."
Our thanks to all who entered, and to our Guest Judge Thomas E Kennedy. His clarity and wisdom helped make a difficult process manageable, and ensured the very best of a bright bunch of submissions rose to the top.
Congratulations to the winners! You can expect to receive a letter with your contest prize included within the month.
A list of finalists will be released on our blog in the coming days.