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Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
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Elizabeth Gonzalez
of Lancaster, PA
Winner of the
2015 PRESS 53 AWARD
FOR SHORT FICTION for
The Universal Physics of Escape
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WINNERS

2016
Dennis McFadden of Ballston Spa, NY, for Jimtown Road

2015
Elizabeth Gonzalez of Lancaster, PA, for The Universal Physics of Escape

2014
Wendy J. Fox of Denver, CO, for The Seven Stages of Anger and Other Stories



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Dennis McFadden
of Ballston Spa, NY
 Winner of the
2016 PRESS 53 AWARD
FOR SHORT FICTION for
Jimtown Road
Wendy J. Fox 
of Denver, CO
 Winner of the
2014 PRESS 53 AWARD
FOR SHORT FICTION for
The Seven Stages of Anger
and Other Stories
Press 53 Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Kevin Morgan Watson, names Missing Persons  by Stephanie Carpenter of Hancock, Michigan, as winner of the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction.

Carpenter will receive a $1,000 advance, a quarter-page color ad in Poets & Writers magazine, and publication of Missing Persons in October 2017.

A native of northern Michigan, Stephanie Carpenter holds an MFA from Syracuse University and a PhD in Creative Writing and American Literature from the University of Missouri. Her prose has appeared in Witness, Nimrod, The Cossack Review, Big Fiction, The Crab Orchard Review and elsewhere. She teaches creative writing and literature at Michigan Tech University, in the northernmost reaches of the Upper Peninsula. Missing Persons is her first book-length publication.

Missing Persons was selected from a field of 230 manuscripts. 
Winner Announced!
The Finalist for the 2017 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction are:

Fire Road and Other Stories by Rosaleen Bertolino of Fairfax, California

The Antiphysical Bodock: Ice Storm Stories by Robert Busby of Memphis, Tennessee

After the Party by Janis Hubschman of Demarest, New Jersey

Collateral Damage: Stories by Kevin Jones of Wesley Chapel, Florida

Shelf Life of Happiness: A Collection of Stories by Virginia Pye of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Roads without Houses by Joseph Rein of River Falls, Wisconsin 

The Foxhole in the Front Yard by John Sarmiento of Denver, Colorado

If Loving You Is Easy by Gary Scott of Bellingham, Washington

Strands of a Necklace Down the Throat of a Mountain by Rolf Yngve of Coronado, California


Press 53 thanks all the writers who entered this year's competition and we look forward to reading more of your work. The 2018 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will open for entries September 1, 2017.