The Saturday Evening Post Honors American Fiction Contest Finalists

Exclusive Event Co-hosted by Publishing Executive

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Saturday Evening Post Fiction Contest Winners

Left to Right: James D. McCallister, Matt Panfil, P.J. Devlin, Stephen G. Eoannou, Lucy Jane Bledsoe, Steven Slon, Joan Servaas, Jonathan Blackwood, Marvin Pletzke, and Caroline Zarlengo Sposto.

New York City (January 8, 2013)—Tonight, New York City’s media elite gathered at Michael’s New York to honor the winner and finalists of The Saturday Evening Post’s first-ever Great American Fiction contest. The event was co-hosted by Publishing Executive. Guests included winner Lucy Jane Bledsoe from Berkeley, Calif., who took the Post’s top spot for her story “Wolf.” Bledsoe’s piece chronicles a couple who identifies with a community of wolf trackers. As their journey unfolds, they have an awakening that reshapes their lives. Bledsoe’s winning submission appears in the January/February 2013 issue of The Saturday Evening Post and on the magazine’s website at

“This contest is a tribute to the Post’s legacy of featuring the most renowned American fiction writers. Our goal is to continue the tradition of finding and featuring compelling stories and the authors behind them,” said Steven Slon, editorial director and associate publisher for The Saturday Evening Post. “Tonight’s event is an opportunity to toast all aspiring authors who entered this year with special recognition to Lucy and the finalists.”

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Post in this celebration of great fiction,” said Publishing Executive editorial director Lynn Rosen. “We at Publishing Executive celebrate the accomplishments of magazine publishers, and The Saturday Evening Post has long been a standard-bearer in high-quality fiction and journalism. We salute Ms. Bledsoe and the other finalists, and are also pleased to welcome the Post back to our hometown of Philadelphia.”

Bledsoe’s idea for “Wolf” came from her own personal trip to Yellowstone Park, where she had the opportunity to observe the various wolf packs and the community of people who followed them. Bledsoe is simultaneously working on two novels; one takes place in the Bay Area during a devastating earthquake, and the other is a Cold War story about the first scientists to discover climate change. She is also planning to publish a collection of her short stories.

In addition to Bledsoe, finalists attending the event included P.J. Devlin, Fairfax, Va.—“The Decline and Fall”; Stephen G. Eoannou, Buffalo, N.Y.—“The Wolf Boy of Forest Lawn”; Marvin Pletzke, Malden on Hudson, N.Y.—“Corner Room at the Y”; Caroline Zarlengo Sposto, Memphis, Tenn.—“The Conch Shell”; as well as Honorable Mention Finalists including James D. McCallister, Columbia, SC—“Trailer Trash”; Jonathan Blackwood, Watertown, MA—“Kin”; and Matt Panfil, Indianapolis, IN—“Sounds of Silence”.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Saturday Evening Post Society, the Great American Fiction Contest is designed to promote fiction and creative writing, while seeking America’s promising voices. The contest offers budding novelists the opportunity to join the ranks of other renowned Post contributors including F. Scott Fitzgerald; Dorothy Parker; William Faulkner; Agatha Christie; Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.; Ray Bradbury; Louis L’Amour; Sinclair Lewis; Jack London; Anne Tyler; and Edgar Allan Poe.

The contest was judged by The Saturday Evening Post editorial staff and the magazine’s fiction advisory board, which includes Michael Knight, Elizabeth McKenzie, Sally Shivnan and Gary Svee.

All of the recognized stories will be compiled in a collector’s edition paperback, Best Short Stories from The Saturday Evening Post Great American Fiction Contest 2013, offered for a limited time at $12.95 plus S&H. Order from or call 800-558-2376.

Entries for the 2014 Great American Fiction Contest are now being accepted. For more information please visit

Event photos available upon request.


About The Saturday Evening Post: For nearly 300 years, The Saturday Evening Post has chronicled American history in the making—reflecting the distinctive characteristics and values that define the American way. Today’s Post continues the grand tradition of providing art, entertainment and information in a stimulating mix of idea-driven features, cutting-edge health and medical trends—plus fiction, humor, and laugh-out-loud cartoons. A key feature is the Post Perspective, which brings historical context to current issues and hot topics such as health care, religious freedom, education, and more.

Tracing its roots to Benjamin Franklin, The Saturday Evening Post mirrors cherished American ideals and values, most memorably illustrated by its iconic cover artist Norman Rockwell. The Post is also known for publishing such literary greats as Ray Bradbury, Agatha Christie, William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Edgar Allan Poe, J.D. Salinger, and Kurt Vonnegut, and continues to seek out and discover emerging writers of the 21st century.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, the Post is a publication of the nonprofit Saturday Evening Post Society, which also publishes the award-winning youth magazines Turtle, Humpty Dumpty, and Jack and Jill.

“As the nation changed, the Post changed, but it looks to its past as a fertile ground for its future” —Starkey Flythe, Jr, Former Post Executive Editor

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