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13th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the top 25 winners of the 13th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition!

1st
Excavation
Marie Bacigalupo
Brooklyn, NY

2nd
The Healer
Ronald Farrington Sharp
Ann Arbor, MI

3rd
Homecoming
Curt Austin
Noblesville, IN

4th
Solitos
Spencer Bennington
Danville, VA

5th
Decency
Karissa Chen
Guttenberg, NJ

6th
Tchotchkes
Jody L. Mott
Apalachin, NY

7th
Saved
Corrina Thurston
Barre, VT

8th
Catching the Bus
Stephen Cunningham
Belfast

9th
The Soap Maker
Erica Eastick
Dededo

10th
Red or Pink?
Katie Woodzick
Langley, WA

11th
The Date
Angelique Metivier
Meriden, CT

12th
ARCHIE
Anthony A. Palmer
Arcadia, CA

13th
Night of the Living Date
Angelia Pitman
Montevallo, AL

14th
The Red Hood
Rachel S. Thomas-Medwid
Georgetown, MA

15th
Guilty
Margie Broschinsky
SLC, UT

16th
Coming Home
Jason H Nelson
Boynton Beach, FL

17th
The Guard
Jeff Bender
Bellingham, WA

18th
The Attic
Greg Meritt
Kent, WA

19th
Goodbye My Love
Lacey Sutherland
Center Tuftonboro, NH

20th
Leads
David Armstrong
Las Vegas, NV

21st
Miniature
Laura Aberle
Arlington, MA

22nd
Facebook World
Lori D'Angelo
Vinton, VA

23rd
Mischief
Gay Degani
Pasadena, CA

24th
The Call
J.L. Hammer
Tehachapi, CA

25th
Messy Blessings
Jill Urbach
Friday Harbor, WA

Click here to learn more about the competition and enter the 14th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition.

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