Eleventh Annual Popular Fiction Awards: List of Winners

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Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the Eleventh Annual Popular Fiction Awards. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories in one of six categories: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and young adult. The winners of this year’s awards were chosen from 1,300 entries and represent the very best in genre fiction. Please join us in congratulating our winners!

For complete coverage of the Tenth Annual Popular Fiction Awards, see the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest. The stories of the Grand Prize winner and the First Place winner in each genre have been posted for you to read and enjoy (see links below).

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Grand Prize

“Don’t Be Scarred,” Kristen Roupenian (read it here)

For an extended interview with Roupenian, click here.


First Place

“A Special Agent,” Steven Briggs (read it here)

Honorable Mentions

“A Change in the Weather,” Mary H. Fox

“Get,” Mark Cohen

“Canned Ham with Murder on the Side,” Jill Peterson

“Bagatelle,” P. Jo Anne Burgh


First Place

“Phantom Limb,” Chris Page (read it here)

Honorable Mentions

“Write to Harm,” David LaConte

“Seeds,” S.J. Hartsfield

“The Dead Lie,” Raymond Esposito

“The Black Hole,” Arin Kambitsis


First Place

“That Which Remains,” Timothy L. Jones (read it here)

Honorable Mentions

“Homecoming,” Dave Cenker

“Mind the Gaps,” Liss Young

“Bits and Pieces,” Erin Chavis

“The Muse,” Davood Bina

Science Fiction

First Place

“The Twentieth of July,” C.R. Hodges (read it here)

Honorable Mentions

“Taka-Tak-Taka-Tak-Taka-Tak,” Adriana DiNardo

“The Holes,” Yvonne Tibbs

“A Walk by the River,” Clarissa Wilson

“Entangled,” Robert G. Ferrell


First Place

“Night Vision,” C.J. Sweet (read it here)

Honorable Mentions

“Leaving Long Island,” Agnes Blum

“Water Views,” Alice McTyer

“Blood Brothers,” Karin Goodwin

“Front Page News,” Paula Phillips

Young Adult

First Place

“Stuffy,” Jan Flynn (read it here)

Honorable Mentions

“Birna,” Joyce Audy Zarins

“Giants,” Michael Hurd

“The Calf,” Rio Henson

“Good Walls Make Good Neighbors,” Robyn West


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