The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.
The finalists for December were:
Never Grow Up by Ksenia Bezvikonnaya
New Beginnings by Joey To
Hopeful by Maura Yzmore
The Cruelest Part by Dave Novak
Happy New Year by Mary Steer
They Only Ask, What’s Next? by Kara Johnson-Martinez
The winner of the December 2017 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…
They Only Ask, What’s Next?
The story explored a thematic space that is a little less common among the submissions I see, but is obviously a very important moment in life for many people. The use of “show, don’t tell” is excellent, and I also appreciate the technical skill Kara demonstrated by using the title to enhance the story in a powerful, yet subtle way.