William Van Wert Semi-finalists, Finalists and Winner Announcements

We are pleased to announce the semi-finalists and finalists of the 2021 cycle of The William Van Wert Short Fiction Award. Please be sure to follow our blog, since we’ll be announcing the winner shortly. Congratulations to all our writers. We appreciate each and every one of you, and are honored that you have shared your work with us.

Semi finalists

Alavi, Karima Abiquiu, New Mexico, “Whisper of a Bangkok Ghost”
Alpert, Mark, New York, NY, excerpt, The Emperor of Alabama
Alster, Pam, Los Angeles, CA, “A Holiday Affair”
Armstrong, Cameron, Balbriggan, Dublin, Ireland, “Pneumanauts”
Benedetti, Michael, Minneapolis, MN, “Decibels”
Borchers, Gavin, Florence, KY, “The Font of the Ancients”
Boyd, Maureen, Oakland, California, excerpt from Half Child
Bruni, Giuseppina, London, UK “Dogs and “Shakespeare”
Casterine, Aubrey C., Elmira, New York, “A Pill for Your Thoughts”
Cavanaugh, Sean, West Hartford, Connecticut, “Together With Their Families”
Connelly, Mark, Milwaukee, WI, “Mornings With Walter”
Cook, Meg, Providence, RI, “River”
Creswell, Lynette, Immingham, N.E. Lincolnshire, UK “Malkin Tower”
Crisci, Kathleen, New York, NY, excerpt, The Music Teacher
Dinner, Greg, County Clare, Ireland, excerpt, A Requiem for Hania
Easer, Katherine, Los Angeles, CA, “The Remnants”
Ekstein, Sabryna, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, “I Think This is a Love Story”
Erwin, Katie, Charlotte, NC, “Worms in the Wood”
Gornick, Lisa, New York, NY, “The Arrangement”
Griffin, Hardy, Ithaca, NY, “Elbistan”
Griffin, Hardy, Ithaca, NY, “Losing Akay”
Grosel, Charles, Scottsdale, AZ, “Slapfight”
Holoboff, Elaine, Denver, CO, excerpt The Orchid Eulogy
Humason, Alan, Vancouver, Washington, “Massage”
Karni, Annie, Washington, D.C., “This Connection is Real”
Kenney, Richard, Jr., Tyler, TX, excerpt, The Key of Be
Kerr, Liz, Jenkingtown, PA, “Snow Load”
Konner, Mel, Avondale Estates, GA, excerpt, Susanna
Konner, Mel, Avondale Estates, GA, “Western Wind”
Konner, Mel, Avondale Estates, GA, “The Clumsy Maid”
Konner, Mel, Avondale Estates, GA, “Squeak”
Konner, Mel, Avondale Estates, GA, “Betrothed and Betrayed”
Lambridis, Scott, Placerville, California, “Silence”
Meyer, Paulina, Brooklyn, NY, “This Vessel Carries Far”
Nordhielm, Christie, Big Sur, CA, excerpt, No Strangers’ Hands
O’Brien, Sam, Edinburgh, UK, “Zero Degrees Of”
Ogawa, Margaret Speck, Mercer Island, Washington, “The Joy of Sakura”
Porter, Benjamin, Seattle, WA, “Wherein Travis is Called Upon to Exercise the Five Rules”
Presley, Joan, Reno, NV, “Skin Music”
Quick, Jeannette, San Fransisco, CA, “Conception”
Quinn, Jason, Honolulu, HI, excerpt, Concrete Rainbow
Reitman, Pamela, San Francisco, CA, “A Truer Life”
Sandmeyer, Stephanie M., Portland, Oregon, excerpt, Stumbleweed Valley
Schmidt Jan, New York, NY, excerpt, Sunlight Underground
Seiber, Lones, Morristown, TN, “A Scattering of Blue”
Smith, Carrie, New York, New York, “Speech Therapy”
Vander Salm, Thomas J. Salem, MA, excerpt, Maaijke
Wellington, Beth, Wellesley, MA, “Seeing the Snow”
Yates, Ron, Rome, GA, “Think Like a Journalist”

Finalists

Alavi, Karima Abiquiu, New Mexico, “Whisper of a Bangkok Ghost”
Alpert, Mark, New York, NY, excerpt, The Emperor of Alabama
Armstrong, Cameron, Balbriggan, Dublin, Ireland, “Pneumanauts”
Boyd, Maureen, Oakland, California, excerpt from Half Child
Bruni, Giuseppina, London, UK “Dogs and “Shakespeare”
Casterine, Aubrey C., Elmira, NY, “A Pill for Your Thoughts”
Cavanaugh, Sean, West Hartford, Connecticut, “Together With Their Families”
Dinner, Greg, County Clare, Ireland, excerpt, A Requiem for Hania
Easer, Katherine, Los Angeles, CA, “The Remnants”
Gornick, Lisa, New York, NY, “The Arrangement”
Griffin, Hardy, Ithaca, NY, “Elbistan”
Griffin, Hardy, Ithaca, NY, “Losing Akay”
Kerr, Liz, Jenkingtown, PA, “Snow Load”
Konner, Mel, Avondale Estates, GA, excerpt, Susanna
Konner, Mel, Avondale Estates, GA, “Western Wind”
Konner, Mel, Avondale Estates, GA, “Betrothed and Betrayed”
Porter, Benjamin, Seattle, WA, “Wherein Travis is Called Upon to Exercise the Five Rules”
Sandmeyer, Stephanie M., Portland, Oregon, excerpt, Stumbleweed Valley
Schmidt Jan, New York, NY, excerpt, Sunlight Underground
Seiber, Lones, Morristown, TN, “A Scattering of Blue”
Smith, Carrie, New York, New York, “Speech Therapy
Vander Salm, Thomas J. Salem, MA, excerpt, Maaijke
Wellington, Beth, Wellesley, MA, “Seeing the Snow”
Yates, Ron, Rome, GA, “Think Like a Journalist”

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