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STORY OF THE MONTH: February 2018

The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.

The finalists for February were:

Gospel by Beverly C. Lucey
Eight Months Later by Jo Withers
Lasting Impressions by Bob Thurber
Sugoi by Gwendolyn Joyce Mintz

The winner of the February 2018 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

Gospel

Beverly did a great job conveying character and place with her use of language, and the pairing of music and spirituality came together excellently.

STORY OF THE MONTH: January 2018

The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.

The finalists for January were:

Roommate From Hell by Sarah Krenicki
Advanced Flexibility by Brooke Randel
Promises by Zurina Saban
Chill to Serve by Anna Ascott

The winner of the January 2018 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

Roommate From Hell

Zurina Saban deserves strong runner-up recognition for Promises, but I love coming across stories like Roommate From Hell that address completely new and unique scenarios, emotions, and takeaways. Sarah gave us something darkly whimsical with a brand new flavour, and I loved it.

2017 Story of the Year Winner

The winner of the 2017 Story of the Year, along with the $50 prize and enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, is:

Constellations by Jonathan Kosik

From the first time I read this story, I was fascinated by the magical moment it portrayed, and by how deftly that moment is held separate from the terrifying context it is placed in. The reader is transported into something so very special, this whirling and intimate playtime between parent and child, and then one simple sentence grounds the entire thing. It’s gut-wrenching, and yet it remains beautiful, and the moment continues; the whirling continues. It’s joy and fear; it’s life. What a ride.

Honourable mention yo My Father, in Worcester, Massachusetts by Jennifer L. Freed (who won the 2016 story of the year, by the way, and no, that didn’t factor into my choice this year!).