Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition


Our gratitude and thanks go to the extraordinary writers who make the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition what it is today: Thirty-five years of a beautiful journey of words crafted from heart and marrow, 35 years of my having had the honor of reading the stories of those who have gone on to make their mark in the world of literary fiction. Some of you have become lifelong friends and shared with me the joy of your success. I am grateful for you all, for enriching the world with your words, for keeping the art of fiction alive. For ignoring the destructive aspects of technology in choice of a life pursuing what means more to you than anything else: Writing! Bless you for your words that so often break my heart wide open. You possess courage beyond measure for having entrusted your stories to another and you will remain, as always, my heroes.

This year we received 857 Stories from the United States and around the world, including Russia, France, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Italy and India, to name a few.

Herewith the list of Honorable Mentions and the top three winners in our 2015 competition Our First-Place winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts. Second and Third-place will receive cash prizes of $500 each. Please know that Honorable Mention are listed in no particular order.

Riba Taylor: Palm Springs, California, for her story "Between my Ribs"

Konnie Davidson Risinger:Brandon, Mississippi, for her story "Bowen Avenue"

Ladee Hubbard: Champaign, Illinois, for her story "Camila Pitanga"

1) Pat Spears
Tallahassee, Florida
for his story: "Free Ride"

2) Carmel Lillis
Victoria, Australia
for her story: "Choir Voices"

3) Jim Minick
Rural Retreat, Virginia
for his story: "Who Cooks for you?"

4) Alex Reese Abbott
York, United Kingdom
for his story: "Think No More of the Sea"

5) Brenda Downing
Western Australia
for her story: "Last Days"

6) Meera Kothandaremaraju
for her story: "Meat"

7) Matthew C Johnson
Decatur, Georgia
for his story: "The Cicada Catcher"

8) Peter H. Denton
Hillsborough, North Carolina
for his story: "The Republic of Suffering"

9) Patricia Perry Donovan
Manasquan, New Jersey
for her story: "Still Life"

10) Ricky Brown
Edinburgh, Scotland
for his story: "Jinky"

11) Dara Kell
Astoria, New York
for her story: "Folly at Roosevelt Island"

12) Miriam Bloomfield
Tucson, Arizona
for her story: "Trespassing"

13) Debi Hamilton
Victoria, Australia
for her story: "National Catalytic Converter Breakdown Day"

14) Tanya Farrelly
County Wicklow, Ireland
for her story: "Why, Molly?"

15) Darren Bulhak
New York, N.Y.
For his story: "Red in B minor"

16) Eileen Hergert-Goodall
Queensland, Australia
for her story: "End of the Road"

17) Brian Patrick Heston
Atlanta, Georgia
for his story: "Emily's Garden"

18) Katherine Koller
Edmonton Alberta, Canana
for her story: "The Exchange"

19) Tom Szendrei
Bertsham, South Africa
for his story: "Blood Moon"

20) Lorraine Wilson
Fife, Scotland, U.K.
For her story: "Signs and Omens"

21) W.R. Widerberg
Dover Heights, Australia
for his story: "Sunday Morning at the Bay"

22) Jodi Lew-Smith
Hardwick, Vermont
for her story: "The Portrait: Cogniac Street 1815"

23) Mark Brandi
Victoria, Australia
for his story: "Pensioner's Concession"

24) Karen Laugesen Russell
Encinitas, California
for her story: "Fishing"

25) Jules McKeen
Buckinghamshire, England
for her story: "The Suitcase"

26) Kate Bullard Adams
Charleston, South Carolina
for her story: "Acqua Alta"

27) Amy Pechukas
Brooklyn, New York
for her story: "Ramon"

28) Lee Varon
Cambridge, Massachusetts
for her story: "Crazy for Pearls"

29) June Caldwell
Dublin, Ireland
for her story: "Proverbial"

30) George Bandy
Alexandria, Virginia
for his story: "Le Tour de Bicyclette"

31) A. Reinecke
Lafayette, California
for her story: "Smart Above the Shoulders"

32) Hal Ackerman
Los Angeles, California
for his story: "Twenty-Seven Mood Swings to Moab"

33) Jeff Droubay
Upland, California
for his story: "Melley's Fire"

34) Susi Fox
Victoria, Australia
for her story: "Cold Currents"

35) Molly Sturdevant
Chicago, Illinois
for her story: "June"

36) Michelle Wright
Victoria, Australia
for her story "Summertime"

37) Lisa A. Mahoney
Key West, Florida
for her story: "Girls with Ponies"

38) Rebecca Rose Moody
Nashville, Tennessee
for her story: "Bowerie"

39) Adam Stanley
Rome, Georgia
for his story: "Still Life with Plastic Roses"

40) Judy Neel
Haines, Arkansas
for her story: "Rhubarb"

41) Bree Barton
Pasadena, California
for her story: "Simon Who is Lost"

42) Marie Vernon
St. Augustine, Florida
for her story: "Lilith"

43) Allison Torem
Chicago, Illinois
for her story: "Bernard Isn't a Name"

44) Karen K. Ford
Los Angeles, California
for her story" Nature"