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Press 53 Award
for Short Fiction
Wendy J. Fox
winner of the 
2014 Press 53 Award
for Short Fiction
Elizabeth Gonzalez of Lancaster, PA, Winner of the
The Universal Physics of Escape
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Dennis McFadden of Ballston Spa, NY for Jimtown Road

Elizabeth Gonzalez of Lancaster, PA, for The Universal Physics of Escape

Wendy J. Fox of Denver, CO, for The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories

The 2017 competition will open September 1
The winner of the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is . . .

Jimtown Road by Dennis McFadden of Ballston Spa, New York

"Jimtown Road is a uniquely linked collection of stories that span years and lifetimes, sometimes gritty and hard-hitting, other times laugh-out-loud funny. Each story kept me riveted and I found myself at the end of each looking forward to wherever the next story would take me."

–Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher and Judge for the Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
A note from the judge:

I want to thank all the writers who submitted manuscripts for the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. As in previous years, the level of writing made judging this competition a challenging and rewarding task.

From the 231 submissions, I worked long and hard, reading and re-reading to narrow the entries to 10 finalist before selecting our winner. Everyone at Press 53 congratulates the following finalists:

Caught and Other Stories by Jessica Barksdale of Oakland, California

Collateral Damage by Kevin C. Jones of Wesley Chapel, Florida

Denialorama by Bob Shar of Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Does Anything Beautiful Emerge? by Tim Fitts of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Irreversibilities by Robert Glick of Rochester, New York

Love Each Other or Die Trying: Stories by Katie Cortese of Lubbock, Texas 

The Question of Happiness by Virginia Pye of Cambridge, Massachusetts 

Scenic Routes by Gregory J. Wolos of Alplaus, New York

She Seeks the Sky by Heather Marshall of Greenville, South Carolina

Jimtown Road by Dennis McFadden will be published in October 2016. We hope you will read this fine collection and recommend it to friends and fellow writers. 

For being named our winner, Dennis will receive a $1,000 advance and will be featured in a quarter-page color ad in the Nov/Dec issue of Poets & Writers magazine.

The 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will open for entries on September 1, 2016.
Dennis McFadden, winner of the
2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction

Dennis McFadden grew up in Brookville, a small town in western Pennsylvania very much like the fictional Hartsgrove of Jimtown Road. He’s a graduate of Allegheny College and is a project manager for the state of New York. He lives and writes in an old farmhouse called Mountjoy on Bliss Road, just up Peaceable Street from Harmony Corners in upstate New York. His stories have appeared in dozens of publications, including The Missouri Review, New England Review, The Massachusetts Review, The Sewanee Review, Fiction, Crazyhorse, PRISM international, The South Carolina Review, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine and The Best American Mystery Stories. His first collection, Hart’s Grove, was published by Colgate University Press in 2010.
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