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Ninth Annual Popular Fiction Awards – List of Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the Ninth 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 Eighth Annual Popular Fiction Awards, see the May/June 2014 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).

For more details on the Tenth Annual Popular Fiction Awards, click here!

GRAND PRIZE
"The Man in Christopher's Closet," by W.R. Parrish (read it here)
For an extended interview with Parrish, click here.

CRIME
1. "The Afternoon Client," by Tim Weed (read it here)
2. "Dead End," by Jason Credico
3. "Fool Me Twice," by Bonnie K. Kidd
4. "Most Sincerely Dead," by Randolph Crew
5. "The League of Homely Women," by John J. White

HORROR
1. "Cruel and Unusual," by Eric Troyer (read it here)
2. "Coco," by Richard Barriault
3. "Hands," by Stephen Nicholson
4. "January is Always Cold," by Kelli Knack
5. "The Persistent Hand," by Steven Julson

ROMANCE
1. "Coffee Break," by Monica L. Anderson (read it here)
2. "Forever," by Tom Prejean
3. "Nightly Music," by Susan E. Kennedy
4. "Slow Dancing," by James O'Brien
5. "The Changing Seasons and a Dog," by Jocelyn Cerrudo Sese

SCIENCE FICTION
1. "Astrafugia," by Terry L. Mirll (read it here)
2. "Harvest," by Christine Dougherty
3. "Iron Echo," by Tomiko Breland
4. "Leaven From Heaven," by Carl Frederick
5. "Stir Crazy," by Sakhi Guma

THRILLER
1. "The Tale of Twisted Creek," by Lauren Gail (read it here)
2. "A-1 Charter," by Sandra D'Ascensao
3. "Sane," by William Pierce
4. "The Cabbage Patch Kid," by Scott Files
5. "The Cabbie of Berlin," by Damond Fudge

YOUNG ADULT
1. "An Almost Perfect Imperfection," by Nikki Mann (read it here)
2. "Audrey's Coat," by Mary-Liz Shaw
3. "How To," by Anna-Elise Price
4. "The Frog Prince," by Stephanie Autry
5. "What Daddy Was," by Samantha Eliot Stier

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