Our College Edition 2017 of Stories Through the Ages has generated a remarkable outpouring of words from young people, who don’t seem to be aware that writing is a lost art.
Judging these amazing stories was difficult and a bit daunting. There is no right or wrong, no clear cut guidelines for what makes a successful short story. The judges disagreed often and sometimes with passion but in the end the finalists became apparent by dint of their own merits.
The actual criteria used in determining the value of a story is difficult to delineate but must surely include the obvious factors of plot and depth of character, quality of the prose and reliability of the structure of the story itself—does it make sense? For our judges and for anyone who reads a story the final proof is in the most important criteria of all: Did we enjoy reading it?
We, at Living Springs Publishers are dedicated to giving voice to those who deserve a chance to tell their story, regardless of age. Our Stories through the Ages series is proud to announce the top fourteen finalists in our inaugural College Edition 2017 short story contest. The top 15 stories will appear in our book; in addition the top three receive a monetary prize.
1st Place Nicholas Reid - George Mason University 2nd Place Kelly Doyle - Emory University 3rd Place Jacques Denault - Merrimack College Declan Falls - Carleton College Sophia Jenkins - Carleton College Kyandreia Jones - Hamilton College Alexander Kenny - George Mason University Jillian Kovach - University of New Mexico Greg Lozano - Sonoma State University Alexis Noel - Southern Oregon University Emily Morgan - California Lutheran University Zakery R. Munoz - University of New Mexico Gabrielle Tourtellotte - George Mason University Jamie Wright - Colorado State University We will announce the fifteenth finalist in the near future.