Past Contests

Finalists for the 2019 Gurney Norman Summer Fiction Contest

1st Place: “Someone Simple and Kind” by Amarlie Foster.

Judge Andrew Malan Milward says of the winning story:

“I loved the complexity of the situation. The conflict and personal dynamics of the trio of women at the heart of the story is fascinating. The story is deceptively simple, unfolding at a quick pace in just over 13 pages, and is guided by a strong emotional and intellectual intelligence. Congratulations to the writer of this impressive piece of fiction.”

“Someone Simple and Kind” appeared in our October 1, 2019 issue.

2nd Place: “Heliographs” by Jared Green came out on September 15, 2019.

3rd Place: “Debut” by Raisa Tolchinsky came out on September 1, 2019.

Gurney Norman is a writer and educator from Appalachia. He is the former Poet Laureate of Kentucky and the author of four books of fiction, including the novel Divine Right’s Trip and the forthcoming short story collection AllegianceRead our interview with Gurney Norman here.

Andrew Malan Milward is the author of the story collections The Agriculture Hall of Fame, which was awarded the Juniper Prize for Fiction by the University of Massachusetts, and I Was a Revolutionary, which was awarded the Friends of American Writers Literature Award.