We’re pleased to announce Lucy Jane Bledsoe as the winner of our 2013 Great American Fiction Contest! Read her prize-winning story, “Wolf,” and stories from our six runners-up below.
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By Lucy Jane Bledsoe
As Jim tries to identify with the Yellowstone wolf trackers, both he and his wife have an awakening that changes their lives forever.
Bio: Lucy Jane Bledsoe has authored four novels and six children’s books, and her work has appeared in literary magazines. Awards include the California Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the 2009 Sherwood Anderson Prize for Fiction, and a California Arts Council Fellowship.
By P.J. Devlin
At 88, Gloria is in decline and needs some help managing her daily chores. Enter Helen, her Meals-on-Wheels driver, who quickly makes herself indispensable but has mischief on her mind.
Bio: P.J. Devlin lives in Fairfax, Virginia. Her fiction has appeared in literary magazines.
By Stephen G. Eoannou
After a young boy goes missing, his teacher and classmates learn a lesson about myths, education, and the danger of secret agendas.
Bio: Stephen G. Eoannou lives in Buffalo, New York. His work has appeared in literary magazines.
By Andrew Hamilton
Isolated by the domestication of his family household, a desperate husband initiates a series of self-destructive acts in an attempt to rediscover the relationships he once knew with his wife and daughter.
Bio: Andrew Hamilton lives in Lookout Mtn., Tennessee. His poetry has appeared in literary magazines.
By Cynthia McGean
All Big Rosco has going for him is his love for Loretta, his big ears, and a windmill-tilting spirit worthy of Don Quixote. Is that enough to save the Pewhasset Pie Palace from the clutches of the villainous Taco Charlie and the destructive power of The World Famous Twelve Flags Amusement Park and Arcade Extravaganza?
Bio: Cynthia J. McGean is a teacher and award-winning writer (Writer’s Digest, Ogle, and more) who is currently working on two novels.
By Marvin Pletzke
Milvey is a loner. Each time he enters the world to compete, he does something to derail himself. Believing in oneself is not always an option. Seems that some people just aren’t meant to be where they find themselves.
Bio: Marvin Pletzke is an established playwright living in Malden on Hudson, New York. This is his first short story published by a national magazine.
By Caroline Sposto
Told through the voice of a resilient 5-year-old, a middle-class white family in the segregated South strives for stability despite the mother’s confinement in an iron lung.
Bio: Caroline Sposto lives in Memphis, Tennessee. Her work has appeared in literary magazines and anthologies.