We are so pleased to announce that the winner of this year’s Short Prose Prize is Charlotte Hughes for her story “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark”! Charlotte will receive publication in Meridian this spring and a $250 prize.
Here’s what our editor has to say: “Fragmentary and haunting, Charlotte Hughes’s ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark’ peers closely into the shadowy spaces of girlhood. I especially love how this story hints at the unspoken tension and felt betrayals between girls on the cusp of womanhood. There’s remarkable truth here: a truth that does not preclude the impossible.”
Additionally, Jared Carlson has been selected as Runner-Up for his microfiction “Wandering.” About Jared’s piece, our editor adds: “In hospital hallways, the rules of the world shift. There’s something strange happening in Carlson’s understated ‘Wandering,’ which so perfectly captures the slipperiness between the physical and the psychological. This piece will stick with me for a very long time.”
Our finalists include:
- “In Dayton, Ohio, in 1919” by John Harn
- “Phantom Wave” by Victoria McArtor
- “St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute” by Erica Stern
These five prose pieces will appear in our forthcoming annual issue, to be published this spring. You can pre-order your copy using this link and selecting a 1-year subscription for $15.
Big congratulations to all our winners! And thanks to those of you who submitted to our contest. We were so impressed, surprised, and moved by the works we received.