Sandy Run Novella Semi-finalists, Finalists and Winner Announcement

The 2021 Award Cycle

We are pleased to announce the winner of the Sandy Run Novella Award for 2021.  She is Susan Fox of New York City, New York, for her novella, The Names of the Dead. Of her work, Susan says, “The work was inspired by the mass abductions of young girls by the Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram, and other fundamentalist thugs passing themselves off as True Believers. I wanted to give these girls the means to save themselves, and I decided that if that was impossible in reality, I could still do it in fiction. The story of the abducted girls is brutal, and so necessarily is this novella. But in my characters’ reaction to brutality I hope also to portray heroism and defiance and salvation.”

Susan will receive a $1,000 award and publication on our Hidden River Press imprint at Hidden River Publishing.

We would also like to congratulate the semi-finalists and finalists of the Sandy Run Novella Award. So many of you presented us with wonderful work; we want to offer your our sincere appreciation for entrusting us with your work.

Semi-finalists

Bache, Ellyn, Greer, SC, The (Possibly True) Story of Sam
Cameron, Barbara, Los Angeles, CA, Crime Wave
Cube, Ellis, Venice, CA, The Street Enters the House
Feldman, Suzanne, Frederick, MD, Goat Island
Fox, Susan, New York City, NY, The Names of the Dead
Fram, Joel, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Replacing Reynolds
Frank, Joan, Santa Rosa, CA, Juniper Street
Frey, Kevin, Haverstraw, NY, A Walking Tour of Antanavarivo…
Kinerk, Robert, Cambridge, MA, Forgiveness is the Heart’s Big Project
Matlock, Cynthia, Whitehouse, TX, The Sand Here
Recht, Linus, Glencoe, IL, Zeal
Skarl, John, Marshallville, OH, On the Cusp
Skenazy, Paul, Santa Cruz, CA, Still Life
Slater, Ryan, Burbank, CA City of Foam
Spencer, Rosie, Brighton, E. Sussex, UK, Ceta
Tomkins, Deborah, Bristol, UK, First, Do No Harm
Vestal, Patricia, Hendersonville, NC, Symbiot Schism: Book One

Finalists

Cameron, Barbara, Los Angeles, CA, Crime Wave
Cube, Ellis, Venice, CA, The Street Enters the House.
Fox, Susan, New York City, NY, The Names of the Dead
Fram, Joel, Bala Cynwyd, PA, Replacing Reynolds.
Frey, Kevin, Haverstraw, NY, A Walking Tour of Antanavarivo
Matlock, Cynthia, Whitehouse, TX, The Sand Here.
Recht, Linus, Glencoe, IL, Zeal.
Skenazy, Paul, Santa Cruz, CA, Still Life
Spencer, Rosie, Brighton, E. Sussex, UK, Ceta.

The Sandy Run Novella Award is offered only in odd-number years.  The next award cycle will be held in 2023.  Please follow our blog for announcements.

Past Award Cycles

2019 Award (The first year of our Sandy Run Award)

We are very pleased to announce that Beatriz Seelaender of Sao Paulo, Brazil has won our Sandy Run Novella Award for her novella, The Only Unessential.  UPDATE:  Beatriz has revised and renamed her novella THE AUSTENITES. It will be published by Hidden River in early 2022.  

The semi-finalists and finalists of the Sandy Run Novella Award are listed below. We want to thank everyone who submitted their work to us. We are so grateful for the opportunity to read such a wide variety of creative work. You are all so wonderful! Congratulations to our semi-finalists and finalists, and to everyone who submitted. We wish you all the greatest of luck and joy with your work, and look forward to the opportunity to see more of what you are creating!

The deadline for the next cycle of the Sandy Run Novella Award has been extended to January 15, 2020. For more information about the Sandy Run Novella Award, please see our guidelines.

Semi-finalists

Agnihotri, Sanjay, Carlingford, New South Wales, Australia, The Grapes of Greed
Beaudoin, Penny-Anne, Ontario, Canada, Drowning in the Air
Begiebing, R.J., Newfields, New Hampshire, Rumors of Wolves
Benchikha, Amar, Varese, VA, Italy, In Search of Something Good
Bolick, Gary, Clemmons, North Carolina, Albert’s Lark
Bourne, Michael, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, The Old Home Place
Bryant, Ellie, Lincoln, Vermont, Shumayl
Cohen, Edward, New York, New York, A Visit to my Father with my Son
Cravens, David, Florissant, Colorado, Greasy Bend
D’Andrea, Lindsay, Watertown, Massachusetts, The Gardener’s Assistant
Davidson, Rob, Chico, California, Shoplifting: A Novella
Egan, Laury, Highlands, New Jersey, The Black Leopard’s Kiss
Fell, B.D., Belleville, Michigan, The Return of Tom Bright
Fine, Benjamin, Stamford, Connecticut, The Thin Liners
Francis, H.E., Huntsville, Alabama, White Nights
Frank, Joan, Santa Rosa, California, Cavatina for Passenger X
Gates, Roberta, Riverside, Illinois, The Months Have Ends, the Years a Knot
Hettinger, Michael, Oakland, California, A Sun East of Time
Littell, Margo, Maplewood, New Jersey, Traveling
Lutz, Karina,Chepachet, Rhode Island, The Teller
MacKenzie, Finlay, New Canaan, Connecticut, Sehnsucht
Martin, Sahalie, Boston, Massachusetts, The Yellow House
Moyer, Victoria, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mother Morphosis No Psychosis
Murphy, Ries, Bloomington, Indiana, The Vanishing of Faro, Georgia
Noel, Don,Bloomfield,Connecticut, Kitty’s Story
O/Shea, John, Oakland, California, Paddington Green 1940
Pedler, Gary, San Francisco, California, Shangay-La
Petrou, Nektaria, Istanbul, Turkey, Aunt Estrella’s Remedies for Demons and Tight Corsets
Puett, J.D., Pittsboro, North Carolina, Another Good Day
Schultz, Anneliese, British Columbia, Canada, Correcting the Flight Path
Seelaender, Beatriz, Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Only Unessential
Seiber, Lones, Morristown, Tennessee, Providence
Sharp, Anne, Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Greta Book
Sher, Gabrielle, Summit, New Jersey, Bowerbird
Smith, Claude Clayton, Madison, Wisconsin, The Seasons Here: Notes from 1970
White, James, Berkeley, California, Carp Cafe
Williams, Bobby, Brooklyn, New York, For the Birds (Time Flies)
Willy, Edward, Walnut Creek, California, Two Horses
Withy, Alison, Gravois Mills, Missouri, Tower of Ivory
Woodward, Holly, Hoboken, New Jersey, Somebody’s Going to Get Hurt
Wyatt, Charles, Nashville, Tennessee, Demon
Yazwinski, Sally, Deerfield, Massachusetts, My Lightning Summer

Finalists

Agnihotri, Sanjay, Carlingford, New South Wales, Australia, The Grapes of Greed
Beaudoin, Penny-Anne, Ontario, Canada, Drowning in the Air
Bolick, Gary, Clemmons, North Carolina, Albert’s Lark
Bourne, Michael, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, The Old Home Place
Cohen, Edward, New York, New York, A Visit to my Father with my Son
Cravens, David, Florissant, Colorado, Greasy Bend
D’Andrea, Lindsay, Watertown, Massachusetts, The Gardener’s Assistant
Francis, H.E., Huntsville, Alabama, White Nights
Gates, Roberta, Riverside, Illinois, The Months Have Ends, the Years a Knot
Littell, Margo, Maplewood, New Jersey, Traveling
Martin, Sahalie, Boston, Massachusetts, The Yellow House
Moyer, Victoria, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Mother Morphosis No Psychosis
Murphy, Ries, Bloomington, Indiana, The Vanishing of Faro, Georgia
Pedler, Gary, San Francisco, California, Shangay-La
Puett, J.D., Pittsboro, North Carolina, Another Good Day
Seelaender, Beatriz, Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Only Unessential
Seiber, Lones, Morristown, Tennessee, Providence
Sharp, Anne, Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Greta Book
White, James, Berkeley, California, Carp Café
Williams, Bobby, Brooklyn, New York, For the Birds (Time Flies)
Withy, Alison, Gravois Mills, Missouri, Tower of Ivory

WINNER

Seelaender, Beatriz, Sao Paulo, Brazil, The Only Unessential

Again, congratulations to all. We appreciate every single one of you, and are so very grateful that you have shared your work with us!