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It’s been a long, hard haul, but we’ve named the semi-finalists and finalists and winner of our last  of  the 2016 William Van Wert Fiction Award. Each year, the submissions grow, and the talent increases — so the abundance of wonderful work is both a joy and a real challenge. Thanks to all the writers who have trusted us with their writing; we love you all.

We have extended our deadline for the submissions for the 2018 Van Wert Award, since we have been short-handed on staff, and need addition time to go through our most recent submissions, for the 2017 award.  We are several months behind in our announcements, since our policy is to make sure that every single submission gets at least three independent read-throughs before being moved to the next level.  That takes a lot of time, but we are committed to treating everyone’s writing with great respect.  We hope to have everything caught up shortly, and appreciate you all being patient.

Please be sure to bookmark the blog, since this is where we announce our events, our competition results and any upcoming activities, including new competitions or opportunities.

Semi-finalists

Allen, River, Green Bay, Wisconsin, excerpt “Weather the Storm” from The Long Walk Home
Beals, Ellen Wade, Glenview, IL, excerpt, The Good and the Bad of It
Bowman, Jan, Columbia, MD, “Flight”
Brady, Carmen, Lebanon, NH, excerpt, Call of the Song Sparrow
Brandfon, Emily, Brookline, MA, “Struggling to Survive”
Breakell, Jane, Brooklyn, NY, “The Shinbone Coast”
Conde, Kathy, Superior, CO, “Faith Healing”
Corpora, James, Bishop, CA, “The Valley Called Death”
Cusick, Greg, Durham, NC, “A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions”
Emerson, John, Schenectady, NY, excerpt, God Naked and the Devil in Rags
Farrar, S.P., Los Angeles, CA, excerpt, Touch the Pacific
Fears, Iman, New York, New York, “Baby One More Time”
Franklin, Emily, Newton, MA, “Mathematics in the Age of Anxiety”
Greer, Larkin Edwin, New York, New York, “Blindfold”
Hanger, Kaitlin, North Miami Beach, FL, “The Depths of Superior Alchemy”
Harlow, Enid, New York, New York, “The Nanny”
Johnson, Chandra, Salt Lake City, Utah, “A Dull Knife”
Johnson, Chandra, Salt Lake City, Utah, “The One You Feed”
Kaufman, Mervyn, New York, New York, “According to Plans”
Kelly, April, Lynchburg, TN “Mobius Script”
Kinerk, Robert, Cambridge, MA, “I’m Letting My Thoughts Dwell on Inner Grace”
Lee, Aaron, North Point, Hong Kong, excerpt The Unfortunate Three
Lindensmith, Michael, Bridgewater, VA, “Weather Moves from West to East”
Luvaas, William, Los Angeles, CA, excerpt Beneath the Coyote Hills
Malicka, Phillippa, New Delhi, India, excerpt, Call Me Fishmael
Mayer, Jack, Middlebury, VT, excerpt, Before the Court in Heaven
McGuire, Michael, Jalisco, Mexico, “Waiting for the Word”
Meek, David, Fredericksburg, VA, excerpt, Timespawn
Morton, Maris, New South Wales, Australia, “O Fortuna”
Pack, Jimmy, Jr., Philadelphia, PA, “A Phenomenon of No Natural Process”
Paige, Paula, Cromwell, CT, “Killer Bod”
Quinn, Jim, Philadelphia, PA “All Old Dead Days”
Reed, Mary Hutchins, Chicago, IL, “Before the Fall”
Reitano, Gail, Bolinas, CA, excerpt, Headfire
Roan, Carol, Winston-Salem, NC, “A Change in the Air”
Rowe, Tim, Alexandria, VA, “An Unmistakeable Presence”
Sadler, Lynn Veach, Pittsboro, NC, “The Rub of the Green”
Schultz, Anneliese, Richmond, Canada, “Back in Line”
Seiber, Lones, Morristown, TN, “Goodbye, God; I’m Going to California”
Shankman, Jim, New York, New York, excerpt, Tales of the Patriarchs
Soros, Erin, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Fallen”
Termini Steven, Dickinson, TX, “Verses in Twine”
Thomas, Dar, Pittsburgh, PA, “Amazing Grace”
Troester, David, Salt Lake City, UT, “Disciples”
Turner, Victoria Sayo, Singapore, excerpt of novel, Isaant
Worsham, Sandra, Milledgeville, GA, “Blank Spaces”
Younger, Paula, Denver, CO, “Resurrecting Grandma”

Finalists

Allen, River, Green Bay, Wisconsin, excerpt “Weather the Storm” from The Long Walk Home
Beals, Ellen Wade, Glenview, IL, excerpt, The Good and the Bad of It
Brady, Carmen, Lebanon, NH, excerpt, Call of the Song Sparrow
Conde, Kathy, Superior, CO, “Faith Healing”
Corpora, James, Bishop, CA “The Valley Called Death”
Cusick, Greg, Durham, NC, “A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions”
Emerson, John, Schenectady, NY, excerpt, God Naked and the Devil in Rags
Farrar, S.P., Los Angeles, CA, excerpt, Touch the Pacific
Franklin, Emily, Newton, MA, “Mathematics in the Age of Anxiety”
Greer, Larkin Edwin, New York, New York, “Blindfold”
Hanger, Kaitlin, North Miami Beach, FL, “The Depths of Superior Alchemy”
Harlow, Enid, New York, New York, “The Nanny”
Johnson, Chandra, Salt Lake City, Utah, “The One You Feed”
Kelly, April, Lynchburg, TN “Mobius Script”
Lee, Aaron, North Point, Hong Kong, excerpt The Unfortunate Three
Luvaas, William, Los Angeles, CA, excerpt Beneath the Coyote Hills
Malicka, Phillippa, New Delhi, India, excerpt, Call Me Fishmael
Mayer, Jack, Middlebury, VT, excerpt, Before the Court in Heaven
McGuire, Michael, Jalisco, Mexico, “Waiting for the Word”
Morton, Maris, New South Wales, Australia, “O Fortuna”
Pack, Jimmy, Jr., Philadelphia, PA, “A Phenomenon of No Natural Process”
Quinn, Jim, Philadelphia, PA “All Old Dead Days”
Reed, Mary Hutchins, Chicago, IL, “Before the Fall”
Reitano, Gail, Bolinas, CA, excerpt, Headfire
Sadler, Lynn Beach, Pittsboro, NC, “The Rub of the Green”
Schultz, Anneliese, Richmond, Canada, “Back in Line”
Seiber, Lones, Morristown, TN, “Goodbye, God; I’m Going to California”
Shankman, Jim, New York, New York, excerpt, Tales of the Patriarchs
Soros, Erin, North Vancouver, BC, Canada, “Fallen”
Turner, Victoria Sayo, Singapore, excerpt, Isaant
Younger, Paula, Denver, CO, “Resurrecting Grandma”

First Place

Turner, Victoria Sayo, Singapore, excerpt, Isaant

Congratulations, again, to all our wonderful writers and thanks to all who submitted their work!  Hang in there with us, and we’ll get out next round of announcements out soon!

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Due to the large number of submissions this year, it has taken a little longer to make our decisions. So many strong manuscripts and writers offer a wealth of talent, but also provide a real challenge! Congratulations to the semi-finalists and finalists named below. Please check back shortly, since we are doing one last reading of the finalists, and will be announcing our winner shortly.
Thanks to everyone who shared their work with us; we honor and cherish each and every one of you, and wish you the best of success in your writing.

The William Van Wert Fiction Award offers $1000 to the winning manuscript.

The next round of our William Van Wert competition deadlines June 30, 2014. Information and submission requirements are found here on our guidelines page.

Semi-Finalists

Brennan, Joan, Such is her Power
Brennan, Joan, The Drowning Land
Brown, Laura, Made By Mary
Carey, Crystal, Husbanding Dreams
Cole, Douglas, Villagers
Connelly, Mark, Can’t You See the Walls?
Connelly, Mark, The Price
Coyle, Caryn, Grace
Early, Elizabeth, Backbone
Goodkind, Anna, Counting
Goodkind, Anna, Sevilla
Goodwyne, Owen, Tropical Tonic
Henry, Joy, Stillborn
Kann, Lydia, The Circle of the Whale
Kearns, Margeurite, Stand Up For Freedom & Put Your Body on the Line
Landt, Kris, Sun Jelly Pastures
Lewis, Steven, The Man Who Hated the New Yorker
MacGowan, Mary, Jane
McFadden, McKay, In the Hammam
Matthews, Kelly, The Memorialist
Merritt, Ave, Circa
Paige, Paula, Posslqs
Partington, Deborah, It’s What I Was Given
Partington, Deborah, So Many Sentences
Peterson, Paula W., Frances and Elana
Randolph, Anne, The Sweet Not Enough
Reyes, Ronny, 9.81 Meters Per Second
Rile, Karen, The Snow Queen
Sakariassen, Eric, Summer Place
Samples, Susan, Chekhov’s Toothbrush
Sarkis, Meli, Ah, Tamar, excerpt
Saxby, Katherine, Burntime
Scanlon, Seamus, The Tennessee Waltz
Selber, Lones, The Circuit Rider
Smith, Morgan, The Perfect Horse
Stegner, Lynn, In the Not-Too-Different Future
Stevens, Sally, The Unkindest Cut
Spafford, Roz, To Do With It
Stuart, Marley, Jack’s Guitar
Sulmers, Gail Gross, Family Vacation
Terence, Susan, Bean Alley, excerpt
Tiefer, Hillary, The City of Brotherly Love
Ullo, Karen, The Tree Behind the Carousel
Wagstaff, Mark, Some Secret Space
Waller, James, Premonition
Warah, Holly, My Mecca

Finalists
Brennan, Joan, Such is her Power
Cole, Douglas, Villagers
Connelly, Mark, The Price
Goodkind, Anna, Counting
McFadden, McKay, In the Hammam
Partington, Deborah, It’s What I Was Given
Rile, Karen, The Snow Queen
Sakariassen, Eric, Summer Place
Scanlon, Seamus, The Tennessee Waltz
Smith, Morgan, The Perfect Horse
Ullo, Karen, The Tree Behind the Carousel
Wagstaff, Mark, Some Secret Space
Waller, James, Premonition
Warah, Holly, My Mecca

Once again, congratulations to all semi-finalists and finalists. Thanks to all of our writers!

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We are a few months behind in getting our semi-finalists, finalists and winners announced, but are now happy to name our semi-finalists in the William Van Wert Award for fiction.  This is an award for previously unpublished fiction, either a short story or a novel excerpt of up to 25 pages.  This year’s offerings were exceptionally strong, and we are grateful for the many writers who have entrusted us with their work.  It is always a humbling experience to be confronted with such talent.  So thank you, everyone, for submitting your writing to us.  We will continue to work, reviewing the manuscripts, and will name our finalists and winner shortly.

2011 William Van Wert Award in Fiction Semi-Finalists

Amshalem, Jeff, Glory Be (excerpt)

Basch, Rachel, excerpt The Listener

Bierhause, Jed, “Alaska”

Bridwell, Tim, (excerpt) Sephronia L.

Cunninham, Laine, (excerpt) Buy Light and Purple Blooms

Cusick, Greg, “”A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions”

De Pisa, Diana, “Winter Kill,” excerpt from The Devil’s Darning Needle

DeSimone, Joanne, excerpt, Blackie and The Little Flower

Gerry, Susan, “Dreams,” excerpt of Carnival Mirrors

Gupta, Rajni (excerpt) The Uneven Road

Harlow, Enid, excerpt, Good to Her

Jamir,Nahal Suzanne, “Stories My Mother Told Me”

Kushner, Carol Scarvalone, excerpt Leaving the World

Lindstrom, Ann-Marie “April Showers” (excerpt)

Linfield, Richard Leon, excerpt Paradise Regained

Loselle, Gregory “Lint, Dust & Hair”

Martin, Chet, “A Summer’s Worth of Death”

Mawle, Carmel, “Jamila”

Reilly, Edward, excerpt, Nullis

Rile, Karen, “The Other Fathers”

Peckinpaugh, Jennifer, excerpt, Hellbent

Sadler, Lynne Veach, “Trying /Trying Not To Be A Mother”

Scanlon, Seamus, “A Corrupt Belfast Passover”

Schnabel, Jennifer, “A Star-Spangled Scandal”

Seed, Anthony Hall, “Somewhat Difficult to Put Into Words”

Skillings, Rogert, excerpt Each in His Own Way

Van Arsdale, Sarah, “Just Like That,” excerpt from Grand Isle

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