Announcing the 2015 Short Story Contest Finalists and Winners!

By March 14, 2016Blog, Featured

We’re thrilled to announce: Dead Places by Irene Turner has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the 2015 Short Story Contest. Turner will receive the grand prize of $1,000 cash, a phone consultation with Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diana Ossana, and a phone call with a top Hollywood literary manager.

Land of Origin, by Timothy Tau, has been named the runner-up and will receive $300, as well as a phone consultation with a top literary manager.

Both Turner and Tau will have their stories published for a limited time on our website and submitted to our network of literary magazines, agents, managers, publishers and studio executives, as will the following finalists:

  • Denise Meyer, Alone
  • Kat Lewis, From the Mouths of Babes
  • G.G. Silverman, The Gift 
  • L.E. Grabowski-Cotton, The Mourning Dove
  • Jane Hammons, Oryx Love
  • Travis Richardson, Quack and Dwight
  • Mylissa Fitzsimmons, Red Clay Halo
  • John Farrell Jr., Two Days in October

We thank the semi-finalists, quarter-finalists, and all who entered this new contest, which proved to celebrate cinematic storytelling at its best.

The finalists, runner-up, and winner were selected by an amazing group of judges:

  • Valerie Cates – Executive Story Editor at Random House Films, company with first-look deal at Universal Pictures
  • Diana Ossana – Academy Award-winning screenwriter of short story adaptation Brokeback Mountain
  • Cheston Knapp – Managing Editor of Tin House Magazine
  • Emily Cooke – Senior Editor at Harper’s Magazine

You can read nine of these cinematic short stories below! Congratulate the finalists, runner-up, and winner on Facebook!

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