2020 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize Winners: Leigh Claire Schmidli + Etan Nechin - Ruminate Magazine

2020 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize Winners: Leigh Claire Schmidli + Etan Nechin

May 16, 2020

Ruminate Magazine is thrilled to share with you the winners of the 2020 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize! The winning pieces were selected by our final judge, Wendy J. Fox, and appear in our fall 2020 issue! You can order Issue 56: Expression here.

First place: “Little to Do with Rain” by Leigh Claire Schmidli

Leigh Claire Schmidli lives in the Bluegrass, by way of Texas Hill Country and the Midwestern Plains. She writes poetry, fiction, and lyric essays, loves reading work with vivid imagery, and cooks elaborate meals that remind her of all the places she’s called home. Her work has appeared in journals such as Carve MagazineBellingham Review, and the Los Angeles Review.

Our final judge, Wendy J. Fox, writes, “Little to Do with Rain is a nicely braided narrative that gives complexity across the women in the story, and it touches on those feelings of being on the cusp of adulthood. The author captures this feeling so well, and even when Rebecca is pushing back, she still understands her mother's grace.”

Second place: “Occupation Rock and Roll” by Etan Nechin 

Etan Nechin is an Israeli writer living in New York and the online editor of The Bare Life Review, a journal of immigrant and refugee literature. His writing was published or forthcoming in Boston Review, ZYZZYVA, World Literature Today, the Brooklyn Rail, the Independent, Apogee, Columbia Journal, The Forward, and more. He is the recipient of the Felipe De Alba Award for Fiction and is currently working on his first novel, Draft Dodgers.

Honorable Mention: “Yellow Poison” by Sharleen Daugherty  



 Carrie Esposito, "Man of the House"

Erica Hoffmeister, "S.O.S."

Jennifer Louvet, "One More Time"

Peter Newall, “Greetings from Salonika”

Blaine Newton, “By the Numbers”

Lance Nixon, “Testify”

Matthew Pitt, “A Shambles”

Gary Steciuk, “Reunion”


Judge Bio:

Wendy J. Fox is the author of The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories, The Pull of It, and the recent novel If the Ice Had Held. Tweeting from @wendyjeanfox and living in Denver, Colorado. More at wendyjfox.com.

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