Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Honors Emerging Writers
We are pleased to announce that Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts
will be publishing the 2014 First-Place Winner of the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition:
Honorable Mentions List
2014 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition First-Place Winner
When Lorian Hemingway judged Hemingway Days'
London, United Kingdom
For her story
first short story competition in 1981, she and her fellow judges sat in a Lower Keys cottage reading and evaluating the few dozen entries with care. They couldn't possibly imagine that the competition would grow into one of America's most prestigious literary contests.
Now, more than a quarter-century later,
Director and Final Judge
Photograph by: Tom Corcoran
the contest draws between 800 and 1,200 entries each year from around the U.S. and other countries as far-flung as India and Romania and Lorian and her small judging panel still give every one of them their complete attention and respect.
Since its beginnings,
the competition has been dedicated to recognizing and supporting the work of emerging writers whose fiction has not yet achieved success. For some, this recognition is the first validation of their worth as writers.
Coordinating the competition is a pleasure
and a passion for Lorian, author of three critically acclaimed books, Walking Into The River
, Walk On Water
and A World Turned Over
. "Reading a story of talent and craft, and knowing that perhaps you can help further the career of a gifted writer, is truly one of the greatest joys," says Lorian. "I consider it my job to honor the talent of emerging writers--and if those who enter this competition are compelled to continue to write as a result of receiving the recognition they so deserve, then the world is enriched by their courage and their resounding words."
the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition has awarded more than $70,000 to emerging writers of merit.
The longtime judging panel includes:
Dr. Rob Merritt, Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Bluefield College. Dr. Merritt is the author of The Language of Longing
, Landscape Architects
and the critical book Early Music and the Aesthetics of Ezra Pound
. His poetry and essays have appeared in Kestrel, The Potomac Review, The Asheville Poetry Review and The Sow's Ear Poetry Review, among others.
Dr. Rob Merritt
Photo by: Jon Bolt