We’re pleased to announce Linda Davis as the winner of our 2014 Great American Fiction Contest! Read her prize-winning story, “The War at Home,” and stories from our five runners-up below.
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By Linda Davis
A single mom struggles with school politics and a rebellious preteen in this complex portrait of a family at a crossroads.
Bio: Before focusing on her own stories, Davis worked at Harper’s Magazine and as a story editor for Wildwood Enterprises—Robert Redford’s production company. Though a finalist for many awards, Davis says, “This is the first time I’ve won.” Her work has been published in The Literary Review, Gemini Magazine, and Tattoo Highway. Her essay, “This House,” was published in the anthology, Morning Coffee and Other Stories: Mothering Children with Special Needs.
By Erin Bartels
Garrison Knight commands his orchestra with power and grace until a musician’s strike and his attraction to a young violinist combine to threaten his orderly world.
Bio: Bartels—“a copywriter by day, a novelist at night”—worked for a book publisher for 12 years. In January 2013, she embarked on a personal goal of writing one short story each month: “This Elegant Ruin” was her March story. Bartels is currently working on a novel, as well as a non-fiction e-book that she will release in spring 2014.
By Stephen G. Eoannou
The discovery of a windfall in the backseat of a cab on Christmas Eve triggers an ethical conundrum. But the driver’s chance encounter with three strangers leads to an unexpected decision.
Bio: A runner-up in our 2013 Great American Fiction Contest for his short story “The Wolf Boy of Forest Lawn,” Eoannou is also a two-time Pushcart Award nominee and a finalist for the Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Award. His fiction has appeared in Rosebud and The MacGuffin among other literary journals. His first short story collection, Muscle Cars, will be published in spring 2015.
By Morgan Hunt
A young mother, bolstered by unwavering love for her children, struggles with the isolation and stigma of divorce during the 1960s.
Bio: Hunt is the author of the Tess Camillo mystery series, which won a Best Books Award in 2008 from U.S. Book News and a National Indie Excellence Award. She has published poetry and non-fiction in various outlets including Writer’s Digest.
By Christine Venzon
In promoting a talented young street musician from New Orleans, a gallery curator rediscovers her own artistic ambitions.
Bio: A veteran freelance writer, Venzon spent 10 years writing high school family and consumer science books for Glencoe/McGraw-Hill. Her fiction and non-fiction has been published in national magazines, including St. Anthony Messenger and The Christian Science Monitor. Venzon won the 2010 Highlights for Children fiction contest and was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2011.
By Robert Steven Williams
For Davida and Granny Jack, life in the projects is a daily challenge. With her father’s pending release from prison, Davida plans an escape from the war-torn neighborhood and family ties that both alienate and sustain.
Bio: In 2013, Williams released his first novel, My Year as a Clown, which won the Silver Medal for popular fiction in the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards. A finalist in the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Williams is now working on a second novel, as well as a documentary about F. Scott Fitzgerald.