2018 Results

Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
2018 Winners and Honorable Mentions

The 2018 Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, now in its 38th year, received 704 entries from the United States and around the world, including France, Ireland, Scotland. Cypress, Portugal, Russia, Canada, The Netherlands, Sweden, The United Kingdom, Norway, France, Germany, Singapore, South Africa, India, China, New Zealand, and Australia, to name a few.

This is a day of great joy, and also a day that is very difficult because I wish I could give an Honorable Mention to each of you. Just because you do not see your name on the list of winners does not mean, nor will it ever mean, that your story does not have merit. Each of you deserve recognition for your work and your efforts, your courage and your trust. Please know that your stories are valued so very highly, and that each is read a total of three times. For your dedication to the art of fiction you are winners all. But especially for your courage, because that is what it takes to write in solitude with no audience to cheer you on. Thank you for moving me with your beautiful and heartfelt words. My nights have been filled with them, and I shall miss them dearly. Please keep writing. As I have said before, the world so desperately needs the heart and soul you put into your work. Now more than ever.

~ Lorian


Our first-place winner will received a cash prize of $1,500 and publication in Cutthroat… A Journal of the Arts. Second- and third-place winners will receive cash prizes of $500 each.


Sandra Hunter

Photo credit: Zena Fairweather

Sandra Hunter
Simi Valley, California
for her story: “Meanwhile The Forests Continue To Die”


Anne Hotta
Melbourne, Victoria
for her story: “Child of Summer”


Jennie Del Mastro
Sale, Victoria Australia
for her story: “Ash Puppies”


*Please note, as always, that Honorable Mentions are listed in no particular order:

1. David Rea
United Kingdom
for his story: “The VR Officials”

2. Randy Coates
Ontario, Canada
for his story: “The Quetzal”

3. Nancy L. Davis
Park Ridge, Illinois
for her story: “Airless”

4. Susan Eve Haar
New York, New York
for her story: “Starfish”

5. Richard Philip
for his story: “Mutton Curry”

6. Kelly Sullivan Pezza
Hope Valley, Rhode Island
for her story: “The Asylum Keeper’s Daughter”

7. Micah Ward
Fernandina Beach, Florida
for his story: “The Guilt of the Living”

8. Nolan Peterson
Kyiv, Ukraine
for his story: “The Architect”

9. Marry Ann Cherry
Idaho Falls, Idaho
for her story: “The Gingerbread Man”

10. Amy Koko
St. Petersburg, Florida
for her story: “Private Practice”

11. Marlet Ashley
British Columbia, Canada
for her story: “Labor Day”

12. Erika Banerji
London, United Kingdom
for her story: “Dear Alice”

13. Yukiko Tominaga
San Francisco, California
for her story: “In Winter, I Smile Under the Cold Rain”

14. tc hand
Lexington, Kentucky
for “apothecary hill”

15. Iftach Alony
for his story: “The Gift”

16. Tammy Marshall
Neligh, Nebraska
for her story: “Backyards”

17. Andrea Rothman
Great Neck, New York
for her story: “Heart Murmurs”

18. Laura Jane O’Gorman Schwartz
for her story: “Crow Calls”

19. Bob Bowersox
Key West, Florida
for his story: “The Salvation of Theron Connor”

20. Karen Stone
Seattle, Washington
for her story: “Still Life”

21. Tanya Farrelly
Wicklow, Ireland
for her story: “Between the Lines”

22. Adam Stanley
Rome, Georgia
for his story: “Stealing Time”

23. Jen Knox
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
for her story: “Senile Cradle”

24. Amina Gautier
Chicago, Illinois
for her story: “Love Me Through a Hurricane”

25. Ira Mathur
Port of Spain
Trinidad and Tobago
for his story: “Allah’s Will”

26. Sara Mang
Ontario, Canada
for her story: “Lifted”

27. Sandy Norris
Essex, United Kingdom
for her story: “All we notice is…”

28. Ed Pierucci
Kalamazoo, Michigan
for his story: “Haunted Trails”

29. Siddhartha Gigoo
New Delhi, India
for his story: “The Christmas Dinner”

30. Mike Cohen
Seattle, Washington
for his story: “The Key Thief”

31. Dr. Sherwin Kaufman
New York, New York
(who at the age of 98 continues to write and is an absolute inspiration!)
for his story: “Jason”

32. Michael Franich
Milton, Washington
for his story: A Needle and a Thread

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