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STORY OF THE MONTH: December 2017

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.

STORY OF THE MONTH: November 2017

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

The finalists for November were:

Compulsive Behavior by Alex Markovich
The Goldilocks Zone by Viv Burgess
Ghosts by Maura Yzmore
Last Dance by Chip House

The winner of the November 2017 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

The Goldilocks Zone

Science fiction, as a genre, is built on social commentary and philosophy. In this story, Viv has achieved much the same effect as the classic Planet of the Apes, but speaking to a different set of issues.