1st Prize: $100.... 2nd Prize: $50.... Third Prize:.... $25

Category Details

Up to 5,000 words. One story per entry. I am looking for well-crafted stories that are original and compelling. The story must demonstrate a mastery of and love for the English language. It must move, not wallow. The characters need to be vivid, the dialogue convincing. Above all, something must happen. This need not be a grand event, but some change must take place: an event, a revelation, or perhaps an insight. Please do not submit your story until you have polished and revised it multiple times. A great short story changes the reader. I look forward to being changed.

About Judge/Sponsor

MARY MACKEY (Berkeley/Sacramento, CA) Her published works consist of thirteen novels, including The Year the Horses Came, The Notorious Mrs. Winston, and The Widow's War (San Francisco Chronicle bestseller); and five books of poetry including Breaking the Fever. They have sold over a million and a half copies and been translated into twelve foreign languages including Japanese, Hebrew, and Finnish. Four times her poetry has been featured on Garrison Keeler's Writer's Almanac. A screenwriter as well as a novelist, she has sold feature scripts to Warner Brothers as well as to various independent film companies. She occasionally writes comedy under the pen name Kate Clemens.  



First Prize: Phyllis Holliday of San Francisco, CA for “Beautiful/Ugly”

Second Prize: Ferguson Porter of Palm Springs, CA for “The Delight in Hazel”

Third Prize: William Locke Hauser of Reston, VA for “Das Schloss

Honorable Mentions: Lucille Gang Shulklapper of Boca Raton, FL for “Hercules and Me”; Robert B. Robeson of Lincoln, ME for “In the Company of Doc Campilletti”; Elizabeth Dobbin of Fleming Island, FL for “The Long Way Home”; Margaret Stawowy of Novato, CA for “Wooden Leg”; Anna Hui Dong of Berkeley, CA for “Little Sister Lin”; Ann Marie Samson of Willits, CA for “Cheap Thrills”; Jake Teeny of Portland, OR for “So Burn the Coals”; Gail Kenna of Wicomico Church, VA for “Bittersweet”