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16th Annual Short Short Story Competition Winner's List

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 16th Annual Short Short Story Competition, where writers submit their very best short stories of less than 1,500 words. Please join us in congratulating our winners!

For complete coverage of the 16th Annual Short Short Story Competition, see the July/August 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. You can read all 25 stories in the 16th Annual Short Short Story Competition Collection.

  1. “The Vows” by Kelly Dowling (extended Q&A)
  2. “The Snatch” by Suzanna Myatt Harvill
  3. “The Mayer of Dorkville” by Adam Black
  4. “Proper Offerings” by Vincent Crampton
  5. “The Bus Rider” by Mike Diccicco
  6. “Unrequited Something” by Ashley Nelson
  7. “Five and Five” by Bikram Sharma
  8. “The Dowser” by Hans Weidman
  9. “Washed Up” by Jennie Brickner
  10. “The Predicament of Planting Sunflowers: Perspective I” by E. Ellis Allen
  11. “What Happened” by Neil H. McCabe
  12. “Belladonna” by Lam Bauman
  13. “Leucotomy” by Julie McNeely-Kirwan
  14. “Her” by Richelle Starke
  15. “The Fire of the Gods” by J.C. McKenna
  16. “Beyond the Curtain” by Barbara Hanks
  17. “The Penny” by Gerry Aubrey
  18. “Dance Among the Dogwoods” by Scott Sharpe
  19. “Quitting” by Stefan-José Garcia
  20. “Mister Hobson’s Mustache” by Bart Kuipers
  21. “Working Vacation” by Chris Mills
  22. “Lost and Found” by Janet Cincotta
  23. “Blood and Roses” by Janet Youngdahl
  24. “Siren” by Lindsey Kennedy
  25. “Maverick” by Kathryn Zehm
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