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2016 Story Quest Short Story Contest Results

It is with great pleasure that we can now announce the short listed stories from our 2016 Story Quest Short Story Contest, and the winners:

  • First Prize (US$100): ‘Old Growth’ by J. Ashley Smith
  • Second Prize (US$50): ‘Of Dreaming and Destiny’ by Jamie Lackey
  • Third Prize (US$25): ‘Pevel Was Here’ by Michael Stroh
  • Three other short listed stories which will also be published in SQ Mag:
    • ‘Reef’ by Kat Clay
    • ‘The Skull Collector’ by Jodi L. Milner
    • ‘My Son, the Afterbirth’ by Tony Conaway

The field was particularly strong this year, with a very sizeable percentage of stories scoring above ‘good’ by the judges. Nevertheless, these six stories were clear standouts and well deserve their prizes and/or publication in SQ Mag.

This year’s contest had the theme of ‘Growth’: What is it that denotes life? What do we yearn for in our favourite narratives, when we see how our favourite character could achieve their dreams if only they might extended themselves, shift and change. We believe this intriguing theme helped draw out some fascinating and moving stories.

Special thanks to Lee Murray for being our guest judge, and apologies to contestants and other interested parties for such a late judging process. Also thanks to IFWG Publishing Australia for their ongoing support and sponsorship of the contest.

Announcement: Winners of the Story Quest Short Story Contest #7

SQ Mag and IFWG Publishing Australia are pleased to announce the winners of the 7th Annual Story Quest Short Story Contest, with the theme, Unlikely Partnerships.

This year the number of entries fell compared to the last few, with perhaps the reason tied to a difficult theme topic (we didn’t think it was, though). Nevertheless, the winners and finalist provided quality stories and we very much look forward to publishing them in the new year.

The results are:

‘Papaya Leaf Falling to the Surface of a Puddle Reflecting Streetlights’ by Jamie Killen (winner)
‘Kai’ by Ellen Denton (2nd Place)
‘A Hero for His People’ by Jason Lairamore (3rd Place – tie)
‘Beaver Resplendent’ by Sally Basmajian (3rd Place – tie)
‘An Almost Tidy Case’ by Meghean Major (finalist)

Note that this is the very first time we accepted a tied result – we have two third place awards. It was simply too hard to split them.

Finally, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Angela Slatter for accepting a late notice guest judge position – her assistance was invaluable.