Ruminate Magazine is excited to share with you the winners of the 2017 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. The winning stories were selected by our final judge, LaToya Watkins and will appear in Issue No. 43: Small, which releases mid-September.
A native of the North Carolina foothills, April Vázquez currently lives in León, Guanajuato, Mexico, where she homeschools her daughters Daisy, Dani, and Dahlia. Her work has appeared in The Missing Slate, Windhover, Cleaver, The New Plains Review, and others.
Our judge LaToya Watkins writes: "'Rebirth' is a story about being human and hero. It’s a beautiful depiction of how each life, especially the innocent ones, deserves a chance—how each life makes a difference."
Andrew McCuaig is a public school English teacher from Madison, Wisconsin. He has won awards for his fiction from Hunger Mountain, Boulevard, Prairie Schooner, and now Ruminate. In 2009 he won a Pushcart Prize and in May of 2017 his short story "The Wallet" was performed as a "Flash Opera" on Broadway. Andrew is married and a father of two daughters and a yellow lab named Butter. "The New World" is a fictionalization of his immigrant mother's own story about the challenges of parenthood and adoption.
Our judge LaToya Watkins writes: "'The New World' is a carefully crafted story that deals with parenthood as a choice that can sometimes highlight virtues and flaws in character. And sometimes those flaws and virtues are the same thing."
Our judge LaToya Watkins writes: "'The Curse' is story that addresses the delicate subject of growing up and the horror of it all. It does so beautifully."
Amanda Rose Adams
Mary Katherine Spain
Be sure to check out their stories in Issue No. 44: Small. And thank you to all of you who entered the Short Story Prize!
Ruminate Magazine hosts an annual contest for short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. You can read more about our writing contests and art contest here.
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