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To see a list of all of the past Stories of the Week, scroll to the bottom of this page, or browse the Stories of the Week here.

Story of the Week
Each week, on Saturday, the editor (Tim Sevenhuysen) announces his selection for the best story posted that week.

Tim selects the best stories himself, based on his own criteria. The story with the highest average reader rating won’t always be picked! (You can, however, see the 25 highest-rated stories in the sidebar on the right.)

Story of the Month
Early each month, the editor announces his selection for the best story posted in the previous month. Only stories picked as a Story of the Week are eligible for Story of the Month.

The author of the Story of the Month receives a prize of $10, to be sent via email transfer or PayPal.

As with the Story of the Week, the editor selects the winning story based on his own assessment, not just on average reader rating. Story ratings may influence the editor’s decision, however, so vote away!

Story of the Year
Each year, in January, a Story of the Year will be selected out of the pool of winners of Story of the Month. There will be a further prize for Story of the Year, but the details have not yet been determined.


Past Story of the Week Selections

AZARIN SADEGH: DreamJuly 03, 2014
PATRICIA ALBELA-SILVER: Blood DiamondsJuly 09, 2014
JENNIFER L FREED: SittingJuly 14, 2014
J IAN MANCZUR: Paper CrossesJuly 21, 2014
ALEX MASCARENHAS: Through the WindowAugust 01, 2014
CATHERINE MATHEWS: Old AgeAugust 08, 2014
MICHAEL COOLEN: There Goes Spot AgainAugust 13, 2014
KATYA DUFT: First ImpressionsAugust 18, 2014
KYMBERLI ROBERSON: Guess WhoSeptember 02, 2014
BOB THURBER: The Talking Fingers of my Great Greek GrandfatherSeptember 08, 2014
JENNIFER L FREED: Summer Learning, 1975September 12, 2014
PHILIP ZUNZUNCITO SEQUOIA: AssertiveSeptember 19, 2014
SHARK TRAGER: Hector Heard GodSeptember 25, 2014
PAVARTI K TYLER: CreationOctober 01, 2014
BOB THURBER: The Mapmaker's Calligraphist DaughterOctober 08, 2014
RUBY RAY: SnowboundOctober 17, 2014
BARRY O'FARRELL: FootstepsOctober 23, 2014
BOB THURBER: The First Time I Gazed Into My Wife's EyesOctober 27, 2014
JENNIFER L FREED: What PassesNovember 07, 2014
PERRY MCDAID: InspirationNovember 12, 2014
ANTON ROSE: CommutingNovember 20, 2014
MOUSTACHE MEMOIRS WINNER: Joey To - The Useless SuspectsNovember 28, 2014
SARAH HENRY: Coffee CupsDecember 05, 2014
AGATA RATAJCZAK: Loyalty vs. DutyDecember 08, 2014
ARTHUR BROWN: The Learner VoiceDecember 17, 2014
BARRY O'FARRELL: LabelsDecember 24, 2014
CK BLACK: Auld Lang SyneJanuary 01, 2015
PERRY MCDAID: A Honeymoon WalkJanuary 07, 2015
FRANK SOLOMON: The IncantationJanuary 15, 2015
PERRY MCDAID: Old WoundsJanuary 22, 2015
CATHY ULRICH: Math LessonJanuary 29, 2015
BOB MCNEIL: A Presaged Day AgoJanuary 30, 2015
CAITLIN MCGILL: TrippingFebruary 02, 2015
CLIO VELENTZA: Death and IFebruary 09, 2015
DEVON R WIDMER: Year's EndFebruary 19, 2015
STEVE LUCAS: Closing TimeFebruary 26, 2015
MATTHEW D WHEATON: ParadiseMarch 02, 2015
GINA LYLE: Striking TwiceMarch 13, 2015
MJ MARGGRAFF: On FireMarch 18, 2015
COREY NILES: Be OkayMarch 25, 2015
CYNTHIA FRANKS: Note Left on a Car in a Grocery Store Parking LotApril 03, 2015
MARK FARLEY: Smaller Than YouApril 08, 2015
BOB THURBER: The Things We PreserveApril 16, 2015
SARAH SCOTT: Duplicitous HauntsApril 22, 2015
BOB THURBER: The Week The Circus Came To TownApril 27, 2015
HOLLY COOMBS: The BeastMay 08, 2015
GAGHE MACWILLIAMS: The StrangerMay 14, 2015
KATHRYN TRATTNER: HandymanMay 19, 2015
GUY PRESTON: The Writer's SonMay 28, 2015
MARK FARLEY: Head CaseJune 01, 2015
BOB THURBER: These Things Are YoursJune 11, 2015
CONNELL WAYNE REGNER: Catching Up With a FriendJune 19, 2015
SARAH SCOTT: ThunderclapJune 26, 2015
JEFFREY ALBRIGHT: Spare Some ChangeJuly 03, 2015
RAMIT DAS: SnowflakeJuly 09, 2015
DAN NIEDERLOH: Mr. MoonJuly 17, 2015
SD Curran: The CallJuly 20, 2015
DAMIAN SEBOUHIAN: Where Does the Time Go?July 31, 2015
QUENTIN NORRIS: Abducting AbbyAugust 06, 2015
JEFF HOLLAND: You Are Standing in My MoonlightAugust 14, 2015
ROBERTO CARCACHE FLORES: La CostaAugust 20, 2015
JOE LUNNE: Southern RimAugust 27, 2015
GUY PRESTON: One Job From RetirementSeptember 02, 2015
KENNETH HAMNER: Toothbrush, Toothbrush, ToothbrushSeptember 10, 2015
KATYA DUFT: The Missing WalletSeptember 14, 2015
PAT CAMPBELL: One Night StandSeptember 23, 2015
WILLIAM SHAW: Sea and SkyOctober 02, 2015
CAROL BROWNE: Cold CallersOctober 09, 2015
JON NIXON: Life EncapsulatedOctober 12, 2015
JASON HUYNH: A Fleeting ChildhoodOctober 20, 2015
LISA LYSEN: MamaOctober 26, 2015
MATTHEW GREGORY: Blind DateNovember 03, 2015
GUY PRESTON: The Last Day I Wore My Wedding RingNovember 09, 2015
ALISON CARROLL: The EndNovember 20, 2015
DEVON R WIDMER: The Death of a DreamNovember 25, 2015
JOANNE R FRITZ: The Magic PencilDecember 01, 2015
ELLIE BURKINSHAW: Fairy LightsDecember 08, 2015
SALLY BASMAJIAN: All-Nighter AgonyDecember 10, 2015
DANIEL SLATEN: All Sales Are FinalDecember 17, 2015
BRUCE MEREDITH: Surface AreaDecember 21, 2015
MARY STEER: New Year's ResolutionDecember 31, 2015
PAUL BECKMAN: Waiting to be a Good SamaritanJanuary 06, 2016
BRANDON BARROWS: ObsessiveJanuary 11, 2016
JAMES P SPITZNOGLE: Her Finest WorkJanuary 18, 2016
ELDAR LEVIN: The Dead's WeightJanuary 29, 2016
ALISON COOPER: S.O.S.February 04, 2016
GUY PRESTON: Chance Encounter With a Dream GirlFebruary 09, 2016
BRENDA ANDERSON: Unicorn HeavenFebruary 16, 2016
LEE DeAMALI: SaltFebruary 22, 2016
CATHY ULRICH: An Apartment on the MoonMarch 04, 2016
VIV BURGESS: LuckMarch 08, 2016
BOB THURBER: Inside the Walls of TroyMarch 18, 2016
CANDACE KUBINEC: The DivinerMarch 21, 2016
BOB THURBER: The Stink of a LifetimeApril 01, 2016
VIV BURGESS: TerrorApril 05, 2016
ALEXANDRA KEISTER: The Shrimp FarmerApril 12, 2016
LYNETTE HININGS-MARSHALL: First Luncheon in a New CityApril 18, 2016
BOB THURBER: Guillotine GuysApril 25, 2016
JOHN H. DROMEY: Cryptic QuestMay 05, 2016
VERITY PARK: AloneMay 12, 2016
DANIEL SLATEN: EncroachmentMay 20, 2016
PATRICK YU: Alien NatureMay 23, 2016
BOB THURBER: The Leaking and the LegacyJune 01, 2016
MARK FARLEY: The Daily Check on His Enchanted GirlfriendJune 02, 2016
OZZIE NOGG: Could You Please Direct Me to the Self-Help Section?June 10, 2016
EVA LUÇIEN: There Be MonstersJune 14, 2016
JD LONE BEAR: The Last GigJune 23, 2016
BOB THURBER: Mind Your OwnJuly 01, 2016
JENNIFER L FREED: Aunt PegJuly 08, 2016
MATTHEW EICHENLAUB: White Elephant Sale on the Town GreenJuly 12, 2016
ANGELA BRETT: Once, and ForeverJuly 20, 2016
SCOTT RAGLAND: At the ZooJuly 26, 2016
VIV BURGESS: Four Horsewomen of the ApocalypseAugust 01, 2016
JENNIFER L FREED: What Carries Us ThroughAugust 09, 2016
MARK FARLEY: Five minutes until 'I do'August 15, 2016
V JANE SCHNEELOCH: Alternative FuelAugust 22, 2016
DARREN LESTER: TatouageAugust 29, 2016
PERRY McDAID: IntentSeptember 09, 2016
MARK FARLEY: Moving OnSeptember 14, 2016
GWENDOLYN JACOB: SurrenderSeptember 23, 2016
MATTHEW EICHENLAUB: WoundedSeptember 30, 2016
MAGDA KNIGHT: AuditionOctober 07, 2016
PERRY McDAID: Other ThingsOctober 12, 2016
PENNY JO MCALLISTER: PatienceOctober 20, 2016
TR JORDAN: The MoleOctober 28, 2016
STEPHANIE SELANDER: The Multiverse Says HelloNovember 01, 2016
CANDACE KUBINEC: Fortune TellerNovember 11, 2016
DEBRA PASCARELLA: Carry OnNovember 18, 2016
PONTIUS PAIVA: PalindromeNovember 22, 2016
DAVID RAE: My FortuneDecember 02, 2016
A ELIZABETH HERTING: ChoiceDecember 09, 2016
BOB THURBER: Buried in the MeadowlandsDecember 16, 2016
KIMBERLY EDWARDS: The WeightDecember 19, 2016
RAPHAEL BASTEK: Pieces in PlaceDecember 22, 2016
KAMALINII: If...December 26, 2016
LS ENGLER: 2:00 AMJanuary 06, 2017
ALEXANDRA KEISTER: VampireJanuary 09, 2017
CARMEN OLOWU: Fake SmilesJanuary 19, 2017
INGRID JENDRZEJEWSKI: Arte VerborumJanuary 26, 2017
MARK FARLEY: TrappedFebruary 03, 2017
JOAN TRUEMAN: OverFebruary 10, 2017
PONTIUS PAIVA: OneiricFebruary 13, 2017
HANNAH FROGGATT: The BellsFebruary 15, 2017
ANGELA BRETT: WelcomeFebruary 22, 2017
JONATHAN KOSIK: ConstellationsMarch 03, 2017
TAMSIN SEYMOUR: Mothering SundaeMarch 07, 2017
JOHN GABRIEL ADKINS: The Feeling of Guilt Felt in Private by a ChildMarch 13, 2017
JAMES P SPITZNOGLE: Faster Than LifeMarch 22, 2017
BOB THURBER: My Father, the StrongmanMarch 31, 2017
DANIEL DIFRANCO: Canned LaughterApril 04, 2017
SUSAN GALE WICKES: Window ShopperApril 10, 2017
MUNIRA SAYYID: To Err is HumanApril 21, 2017
MK VINNE: Just a slight increase!April 26, 2017
BILL COX: Look Upon My WorksMay 04, 2017
GUY PRESTON: The fortune-teller's daughter, pt. 1May 10, 2017
JENNIFER L FREED: My Father, In Worcester, MassachusettsMay 18, 2017
MARGARET McGOVERNE: Uncle CliffordMay 24, 2017
SHAWNTA S BARNES: IceMay 30, 2017
SUSAN LOZANO: Isn't She Lovely?June 07, 2017
CHRISTINA DALCHER: Table MannersJune 21, 2017

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