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NINETEENTH ANNUAL ZOETROPE: ALL-STORY SHORT FICTION CONTEST

Thanks to all who entered the 2015 Short Fiction Contest. We appreciate the opportunity to read your work.

From more than two thousand submissions, guest judge Adam Johnson honored the following stories.

First Prize:
“A Soft Projection for Q4” by David Goguen (San Francisco, CA)

“A Soft Projection for Q4” is a freshly observed and deeply felt take on what is too easily satirized: the soul-brittling world of corporate cubicles. The writing here is restrained, and the tone emanates sustained suspension. For all its quietude, there is urgency and necessity to this portrait of a man who cannot conceive of his identity beyond a beige cubicle, even as he’s all too aware of the recycled air and winnowed light of the fate he’s come to accept.

—Adam Johnson

Second Prize:
“Carla’s Dead Wife” by Bill Gaston (Victoria, BC)

Third Prize:
“The Missing” by Katherine Davis (Oshkosh, WI)

Honorable Mentions:
“Alkali Lake” by Katie Young Foster (Nashville, TN)
“The Whitest Girl” by Brenda Peynado (Cincinnati, OH)
“Passage” by Marlene Siering (Madison, WI)
“Skin” by Douglas Sovern (Berkeley, CA)
“Saint Agnes of the Virgins” by Katherine Van Dis (Durham, NC)
“The Pointy Finger of God” by Honni van Rijswijk (Seattle, WA)
“Tommy on the Bus” by Norman Zelaya (San Francisco, CA)

First prize is $1,000; second prize, $500; and third prize, $250. The prizewinners and honorable mentions will be considered for representation by William Morris Endeavor, ICM, Regal Literary, the Elaine Markson Literary Agency, Inkwell Management, Sterling Lord Literistic, Aitken Alexander Associates, Barer Literary, the Gernert Company, and the Georges Borchardt Literary Agency.

The winning story, “A Soft Projection for Q4” by David Goguen, has been published as a special online supplement to the Winter 2015/2016 issue.

The 2016 Short Fiction Contest opens July 1; for details, please visit the website this summer.



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