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CRAFT Short Fiction Prize 2022

2022 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize

$2,800 Awarded

Thank you to all writers who sent short stories to our 2022 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize, Guest Judge Alan Heathcock! We are delighted to publish the winning entries in October 2022. Congratulations to the winners, finalists, longlisters, and honorable mentions!


First Place: Lisa K. Buchanan, “Question Twenty-Eight”

Second Place: Amy Stuber, “Ghosts”

Third Place: Billy Middleton, “Pine Barrens”


 Mimi Kawahara: “One Bright Pearl”

Stephanie Mullings: “Rundown”

E. S. Patterson: “Your Lover Smells of Death”

Snigdha Roy: “Elephant Head”

Mackenzie Singh: “Carriers & Co.”

The Rest of the Longlist

Alexa Beattie: “The Sport Coat”

Danielle Claro: “Open Enrollment”

Judy Crozier: “A New Leaf”

Florence Ehle: “Bones”

Amanda Jones: “The 30,000-Dollar Rose”

Justice McPherson: “The Grey Beach”

Judy Raymond: “The Thing That Is Worse Than the Jumbies”

Hannah Thurman: “Thin Skin”

Taylor Werner: “Trajectory”

Honorable Mentions 

Jane Cutler: “The Removal”

Danielle Egan: “Whitetooth Mountain”

Vin Fraioli: “Tolls”

Robert Goodwin: “The Darkening”

Jen Kirby: “Balloons”

Jessica Mannion: “Eye of the Beholder”

Elizabeth Palmerton: “Cloud”

Meagan Perry: “Change of Scene”

Beth Wellington: “Death of a Poet”

Wendie Winslow: “Suffer the Little Savages”

We’ll be back next year for the 2023 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize!

ALAN HEATHCOCK has won a Whiting Award, a National Magazine Award, has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Lannan Foundation, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. His story collection, VOLT, was a “Best Book of the Year” selection from numerous newspapers and magazines, including GQPublishers WeeklySalon, and the Chicago Tribune, was named as a New York Times Editors’ Choice, and a finalist for the Barnes and Noble Discover Award. His novel, 40, is forthcoming from MCD x FSG on August 2, 2022.