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CRAFT Elements Contest


Thank you to everyone who submitted! We loved reading your stories. Congratulations to the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions.

The three winning stories will be published in January.


Character: “So Much Trouble,” by Karin Lin-Greenberg

Dialogue: “Heart Trouble,” by Rex Adams

Setting: “Passing,” by Thaïs Miller


“Emm,” by Maria Cichosz
“February 25, 1964,” by Mark Farrington
“Heart Trouble,” by Rex Adams
“The Unweighting,” by Laura Theis

“Clown Ambulance,” by Rachel Lyon
“Passing,” by Thaïs Miller
“Step on a Crack,” by Sue McGarry
“You Break Your Teeth on Harlem Avenue,” by Kira Compton

“Bog Iron,” by Clare Becker
“River Bandit,” by Carl Napolitano
“Splattered,” by Tucker C. Newsome
“That More Dear Than Hands or Tongue,” by Clare Fielder

Honorable Mention

“Golden Horizons,” by Timothy Hennum for Character
“Lock Two,” by Kevin Lanahan for Setting
“The Marchioness,” by Corey Flintoff for Character
“Siblings,” by Nicole Simonsen for Setting
“Sunday at the Depot Diner,” by Wendy Palmer for Setting
“Thoughts and Prayers,” by Deborah Schupack for Character & Setting
“What Would Make Them Happy,” by Amy Hanson for Character & Dialogue
“Who Stole Aunt Rachel’s Girdle?,” by Jean Ende for Character