2019 Story of the Year Finalists

So many great stories passed through the site in the past year. Let’s take a look at the twelve finalists for the Story of the Year award!

Here are the 12 Story of the Month winners for 2019.

JANUARY: Hunting Nightmares by Ran Walker
FEBRUARY: Toms by Roy Gomez
MARCH: Almost There by Ron. Lavalette
APRIL: Fifty-Word Story by Richard Day Gore
MAY: Forgotten by Trish Ridinger McKee
JUNE: The View After the Climb by Bob Thurber
JULY: After the Water by Evan McMurry
AUGUST: When the Dark Rain Blew Our Home Away by Michael H. Brownstein
SEPTEMBER: Create by Isla Elizabeth
OCTOBER: Mother Always Asked Uncle Art to Babysit by C. Christine Fair
NOVEMBER: Shadows by Dmitri Christopher
DECEMBER: Balloonman by Melody Leming-Wilson

The winner, as chosen by editor Tim Sevenhuysen, will be announced on Sunday, January 26!

The prize for the Story of the Year winner is:

  • $50 (Canadian)
  • Enshrinement in the 50WS Hall of Fame

Let everyone know your favourite story in the comments!

Throwback: In 2015, Bob Thurber won the Story of the Year award with his piece The Mapmaker’s Calligraphist Daughter. In 2016, Guy Preston took the prize with One Job Away From Retirement. The 2017 winner was Jennifer L. Freed, for Aunt Peg. In 2018, Constellations by Jonathan Kosik won the award. In 2019, Bob Thurber won his second Story of the Year award for The Summer of Sweet Mary (circa 1972).

7 thoughts on “2019 Story of the Year Finalists

  1. Great choices. congratulations to the chosen, though I thought Sharon Gerger’s “ excellent “Our Secret” should have been among them. And , of course, one of mine, perhaps “An Elegant Lady.” (But that’s a biased opinion. ).

  2. Strong contributions! My top favorites are Hunting Nightmares (January), After the Water (July), and Almost There (March). Probably in that order, too, but they’re all so clever-smirk-inducing.

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