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CRAFT First Chapters Contest 2019


2019 CRAFT First Chapters Contest

Guest Judge: Naomi Huffman of MCDxFSG and FSG Originals

Thank you to all the writers who sent first chapter(s) to the contest! We are delighted to publish the winning entries in February. Congratulations to the winners, finalists, and honorable mentions!

First Place: Meg Richardson, Paradise Pawn
Second Place: Timothy Hickey, Little Squirrel
Third Place: Jonathan Bohr Heinen, Empire of Dirt

Dylan Brown, Oracle
Rae Bryant, Darling Clementine
Daniel M. Cooke, Show Offs
Ross Feeler, Tarsh
Ashlie Kauffman, Isamu Dreams of Flying
Ellen Schecter, Crazy Things I Did for Love
Peter Selgin, Duplicity
Maureen Traverse, This Is What Always Happens
Rachael Warecki, The Split Decision
Kellie Wells, The Magnetic Girl
Kyle Winkler, The Branch Will Not Break
Virginia Lee Wood, Tigers Born in the Same Year

Honorable Mention
Felicia Berliner, Shmutz
Phil Berroll, Frank; Or, A Creature’s Tale
Alyssa Cami, Edge of the World
Sean Conway, Land’s End
Sarah Cypher, The Story Thief
Roxanne Lynn Doty, Out Stealing Water
Kate Finegan, Ancient Miraculous Cure-All
Nancy Foley, La Rana
Marisa Handler, They Dreamed of Water
Mary Kuryla, I, Poltergeist
Lisa Locascio, My Father the Dictator
Marsha McSpadden, bloodlet & borrow
Janika Oza, Your Country Is Your Family
Jacob Silverman, West LA
David Allen Sullivan, Nightjars
Lorinda Toledo, The Nature of Fire
Tim Weed, The Havana Standard
Anne Whittaker, Cora, Darling