We're pleased to share with you the winners of the 2019 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, selected by our final judge, Tyrese Coleman. You can read the winning pieces in Issue no. 52 which releases mid-September.
FIRST PLACE: "DrownTown" by Joshua Gray
Joshua Gray was born and raised in the pine forests of the Deep South. He now lives along the Texas-Mexico border and is at work on a novel exploring narcoviolencia and sex trafficking. His stories have appeared in such places as Yalobusha Review, Per Contra, Juked, and Portland Review. He was awarded the 2018 Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction.
Judge, Tyrese Coleman writes, "I absolutely loved DrownTown. It immediately took me to the Bayou, the setting lept off the page. Post-Katrina, with its devastation though this story is not at all what you would expect from a story set around New Orleans around that time. It left me feeling hopeful, feeling that the characters were on a path toward something new and wonderful and special. I am a sucker for romance stories, and I knew once Harp and Tricky kissed, this was the story that all the others would have to beat."
SECOND PLACE: "Parkside" by Kate Bradley
Kate Bradley is a doctoral candidate in English studies at SUNY-Albany. A 2017 Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference contributor, her fiction has appeared in Colonnades and Controlled Burn, and she was named a finalist for the 2016 Glimmer Train Short Story Award. Kate has received grants from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Vermont Studio Center. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University's MFA program, Kate is at work on her dissertation, a novel about motherhood.
HONORABLE MENTION: Shelley Linso, "Standard Uniform"
Shelley Linso’s short stories have been published or earned prizes in literary journals including The Atlantic, Roanoke Review, New Orleans Review, and Saranac Review. She received her MFA in Fiction from Columbia University's SoA and lives her life exploring the subtleties and surprises of humanity through the lens of literature. She is an Assistant Professor of English, Writing and Literature at Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, MA.
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