The winner of the 2019 Story of the Year, along with the $50 prize and enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, is:
After the Water by Evan McMurry
I appreciate the timeliness, imagination, and emotional punch of Evan’s story. He delivered just as much in 50 words as many stories offer in 1,000 or 2,500 or more, always the mark of a great piece of microfiction.
Honourable mentions go to Balloonman by Melody Leming-Wilson and The View After the Climb by Bob Thurber. The candidates for the award this year were very strong, and I enjoyed reading back through them and remembering what a great year of fiction we had in 2019.