2014 FICTION WINNERS
James Flaherty's "The Thing" from Quarterly West
Sarah Gerkensmeyer's "Ramona" from American Short Fiction
People always want to capitalize on the Thing. The women know this is a kinship they and the Thing share. They are exploited. They are cornered and alienated by the fanged and opportunistic and resourceful powers that be.
Megan Giddings' "The Brothers WHAM!" from The Masters Review
I felt the urge to exaggerate things when I was around Ramona. I found myself making up little lies. I was the only person in the entire world who knew about her heart thing. I felt like I owed her something.
Caitlin McGuire's "The Radium Girl's Undark" from Ninth Letter
It’s easy to assume that when people hear George Michael sing and sigh, “that’s a voice that can raise the dead,” they’re just complimenting him. It’s not a compliment. It’s true.
Charles McLeod's "The Salvaged" from Blue Mesa Review
In the factories we left behind, the radium girls mixed salt and spit and glue, shaped the tips of camel hair brushes between their lips to paint the twelve numbers undark.
Wyl Villacres' "Junk Mail and Hospital Bills" from Wyvern Lit
Did the light’s leaving somehow increase one’s awareness of situation, of the self and its place in the world?
“They caught it early,” he said. “I’ve got good insurance. This is a party to tell leukemia that it can go fuck itself.”