The 2016 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize Judge

by Ruminate Magazine February 10, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Shann Ray will be the judge for our 2016 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize.

 Shann Ray teaches leadership and forgiveness studies at Gonzaga University. Ray’s collection of stories American Masculine (Graywolf) won the American Book Award, the Bakeless Prize from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and two High Plains Book Awards, for Best Story Collection and Best First Book. His book of poems, Balefire, (Lost Horse) won the High Plains Book Award for Poetry. His debut novel, American Copper, is available now, published by Unbridled Books.  He holds a dual MFA in poetry and fiction from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers at Eastern Washington University, a Masters in clinical psychology from Pepperdine, and a PhD in systems psychology from the University of Alberta in Canada.  He has served as a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow,  and as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His work has been featured in Poetry, EsquireMcSweeney’s, Narrative, LitHub, Story Quarterly, Poetry International, High Desert Journal, the Open Bar at Tin House, Fugue, Northwest Review,  Montana Quarterly, and Best New Poets and Best of McSweeney’s anthologies.  Ray is the winner of the subTerrain Poetry Prize, the Crab Creek Review Fiction Award, the Poetry Quarterly Poetry Prize, the Pacific Northwest Inlander Short Story Award, the Ruminate Short Story Prize, and the Creative Writing Distinguished Alumni Award from Eastern Washington University.  He writes poetry and prose as Shann Ray in honor of his mother Saundra Rae, and social science as Shann Ray Ferch.  He played college basketball at Montana State University and Pepperdine University and professional basketball in Germany. A licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the psychology of men, he lives with his wife and three daughters in Spokane, Washington.

The William Van Dyke Short Story Prize deadline is  April 15th, 2016.  Click here to read the current guidelines and enter the contest. To view the previous year’s winners and finalists, click here.

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