Fiction Contest Winners

2016

Winner of the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction, judged by Anne Raeff:

  “Jazz Fan” by Jessica Walker

About the winning story, Anne Raeff said:

“What I appreciated most about this story was the voice and the complexity of the narrator, who is pathetic and heroic at the same time, struggling to find dignity and meaning in his much-diminished life. What makes him heroic is that he recognizes the absurdity of his adulation of the long-dead musician and his dependence on his young roommate, Kayden. He is not ashamed of being a fan or the deal he has struck with Kayden, and so we are pulled into his world, into his pain but also into his triumph. This writer didn’t play it safe, and it worked. I love the ending…the last sentence was beautiful. I can still hear that middle C.”

Finalists:

“Come Dance with Me” by Kendall Klym
“Remainders” by Cady Vishniac

Honorable Mention:

“The Fox” by Mark Brandy
“What’s Behind You” by Jen Ferguson

2015

Winner of the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction, judged by David James Poissant:

“Hands Like Birds on Strings” by Barrett Bowlin 

Finalists:

“On the Far Edge of Paradise” by M. Sentell Haile
“Sundowning” by Justin Hermann
“How I Ended Up Here” by Anna Scotti

2014

Winner of the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction, judged by Jessamyn Ward:

“Practical Men” by Michael Chin

Finalists:

“A World of Baskets,” by Melanie Cordova
“The Foley Artist” by David Lee

2013

Winner of the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction, judged by Lucy Jane Bledsoe

“Shit Weasel Is Late for Class” by Michael Gerhard Martin

2012

Winner of the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction:

“Even Though He’s Still Alive” by Ari Braverman

Finalists:

“The Boy Who Had A Peach Tree Growing Out of His Head” by Hal Ackerman
“The Glitter and the Roar” by Seth Borgen
“Giant” by David Burtt
“Apocrypha” by Gabriel Houck
“Pull a Titus” by Ashley Shelby

2011

Winner of the James Knudsen Prize for Fiction:

“An Incomplete List of My Wishes” by Jendi Reiter

Finalists:

“The Men and the Mare” by Matt Brock
“Lady of Sorrow” by Joan Corwin
“No-Heat Season” by Mary Beth Leymaster
“If, Then” by Katie Spillman