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14th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer's Digest would like to congratulate the 25 winners of the 14th Annual Short Short Story Competition (from 2013-14)! For full coverage of the awards, please see the July/August 2014 issue of Writer's Digest. To read all 25 winners, please pick up a copy of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection.

1. "Poetry by Keats" by Eleanore D. Trupkiewicz (read an extended Q&A with our winner here)
2. "The Gingko Tree" by Maria Maxham
3. "Life on the Red" by Jennifer Michael
4. "A Thousand Words" by David Ross
5. "It Was No Secret" by Justin Hightower
6. "Witchcraft" by Erin Richey
7. "Another Day in the Sun" by Jean Megarbane
8. "Your Secret's Safe with Me" by Elizabeth Nebergall
9. "The Anands" by Anoushka Sinha
10. "Final Offer" by Anand Silodia
11. "Pine Wilt" by Kit Hamlen
12. "Away with Khasbulatov!" by Yannek Adar
13. "A Christmas Surprise" by Mary Flynn
14. "The Rhinoceros in the Driveway" by Larry Brook
15. "Sons and Their Fathers" by Joseph Solís
16. "Magnolia Fall" by Michelle Karene
17. "Playing with Matches" by Rebekah Gifford
18. "Gold Grand Prix" by Margarite Stever
19. "The Decline and Ascent of Miss Magdalena Santos" by Sean M. Tirman
20. "The Rebirth" by Martha Bermeo
21. "Play Time" by Kevin Kim
22. "Stolen Car" by Jim Long
23. "The Dialogue" by Ruthanne Connell
24. "Running from the Past" by Jared Aisher
25. "Angel's Army" by Kathy Lynn

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