The 2020 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers Shortlist

November 18, 2020

Congratulations to the 15 authors whose stories were selected for our 2020 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers shortlist! Guest judge Kali Fajardo-Anstine will select the winning finalists from this list, which will be announced in mid-December. Thank you again to everyone who submitted to this contest. Stay tuned for the winning stories!

2020 Summer Short Story Award for New Writers Shortlist

Beauty in the Blood; Hasgaragéchte by Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley

Black Autumn by Monica Brashears

Burning by Adeline Lovell

Como La Flor by Dayna Cobarrubias

Fugitives in Geologic Time by Alex Aleo

Matchbox by Nancy Ludmerer

Paradise Lost by Michael Bishop

Petrified by Clare Howdle

Reputation Management by Katherine Gutierrez

Sentries by Kelsey Norris

Sorry For Your Loss by Gregory Golley

Tea with the Queen by Jasmine Sawers

The Abacus and the Infinite Vessel by Vikram Ramakrishnan

The Parts He Missed by Josh Wagner

The Teacher by Beenish Ahmed


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