The Saturday Evening Post Announces Winner of First-Ever Great American Fiction Contest

Fiction Contest Winners

Indianapolis (December 17, 2012)—Today The Saturday Evening Post proudly named Lucy Jane Bledsoe from Berkeley, Calif., as winner of its first Great American Fiction Contest for her story “Wolf”—one couple’s story about identifying with a community of wolf trackers and an awakening that changes their lives forever. Bledsoe’s winning submission will be published in the January/February 2013 issue of The Saturday Evening Post and on the magazine’s website.

“I am so honored to be included in the stream of awesome American fiction writers who have been published in The Saturday Evening Post,” said Lucy Jane Bledsoe, the 2013 Great American Fiction Contest winner. “The timing is wonderful for me as I’m finishing up some new projects. I’m really looking forward to the celebration events and to reading other stories in the magazine.”

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.

“The Post has always been dedicated to quality writing and this contest carries on the tradition of promoting an interest in fiction,” said Steven Slon, editorial director and associate publisher, The Saturday Evening Post. “We salute all the writers who entered this year with a special applause to Lucy and the finalists.”

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 next great 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 winning story was chosen 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.

In addition to Bledsoe, six runners-up were selected [alphabetical order]:
• P.J. Devlin, Fairfax, Va.—“The Decline and Fall”
• Stephen G. Eoannou, Buffalo, N.Y.—“The Wolf Boy of Forest Lawn”
• Andrew Hamilton, Lookout Mtn, Tenn.—“Surface Tension”
• Cynthia J. McGean, Portland, Ore.—“The Battle of the Pewhasset Pie Palace”
• Marvin Pletzke, Malden on Hudson, N.Y.—“Corner Room at the Y”
• Caroline Zarlengo Sposto, Memphis, Tenn.—“The Conch Shell”

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 www.shopthepost.com or call 800-558-2376.

Bledsoe and the runners-up will be honored at a cocktail reception co-hosted by The Saturday Evening Post and Publishing Executive at Michael’s New York on Tuesday, Jan. 8. For media credentials please contact Shawna Seldon at shawna@rosengrouppr.com or 917 971 7852.

Entries for the 2014 Great American Fiction Contest are now being accepted. For more information please visit, saturdayeveningpost.com/fiction-contest.

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