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2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Finalists for 2015!
Wendy J. Fox
winner of the 
2014 Press 53 Award
for Short Fiction
Semi-finalists for the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction (in alphabetical order):

Forrest Anderson of Salisbury, North Carolina, for American Vitality
Hobie Anthony of Portland, Oregon, for Again, for the First Time
Jacob M. Appel of New York, New York, for A Comparative Seismology
Heather Frese of Durham, North Carolina, for The Baddest Girl on the Planet
Dana Fitz Gale of Florence, Montana, for Spells for Victory and Courage
Philip Gerard of Wilmington, North Carolina, for The Things We Do When No One Is Watching
Siel Ju of Los Angeles, California, for Cake Time
Kathleen Kirk of Normal, Illinois, for Minus the Snark and Other Stories
Linda Legters of Newtown, Connecticut, for In the Beginning, Sleep
Andrea Lewis of Vashon, Washington, for What My Last Man Did
Suzanne McConnell of New York, New York, for If You Think Your Heart Can Take It and Other Stories
Madeleine Mysko of Towson, Maryland, for Private Duties
Matthew Pitt of Fort Worth, Texas, for These Are Our Demands
Sara Rauch of North Hampton, Massachusetts, for What Shines from It
Lisa Sharon of Cleveland Hts., Ohio, for Rare Birds

We thank everyone who entered the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction. Entries for the 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction will open September 1, 2015. 

Best regards,

Kevin Morgan Watson, Publisher
Press 53

Below is our list of 10 finalists in alphabetical order. We will announce our winner on May 3.

Craig Albin of West Plains, Missouri, for Hard Toward Home: Stories (Signed for publication Spring 2016)
Craig Buchner of Portland, Oregon, for Other Animals
Jennifer Colatosti of Lawrence, Kansas, for Wound Side Down
John Englehardt of Seattle, Washington, for Cascadia, Don’t Fall Apart
John Gifford of Edmond, Oklahoma, for Freeze Warning
Jodi Paloni of Pemaquid, Maine, for They Could Live with Themselves (Signed for publication Spring 2016)
Sara Schaff of Oberlin, Ohio, for When I Was Young and Swam to Cuba
Sally Shivnan of Baltimore, Maryland, for Piranhas, & Quicksand, & Love and Other Stories
Gerry Wilson of Jackson, Mississippi, for Mating and Other Stories (Signed for publication Fall 2015)
Elizabeth Gonzalez, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has been named winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction for her manuscript The Universal Physics of Escape. Elizabeth's manuscript was chosen from a field of 237 entries.

“Reaching this decision was a challenge,” says Press 53 publisher and founding editor Kevin Morgan Watson, who also served as the final judge. “I found three very strong manuscripts that I would gladly publish, but I could only select one winner. In the end, it was Ms. Gonzalez’s variety of places, people, and subjects that won me over. She’s a master of dialogue, an artist at creating vivid settings, and an encyclopedia of knowledge about our natural world. These stories uncover truths that makes the reading experience memorable and each story remarkable.”

Elizabeth Gonzalez's stories have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010New Stories from the Midwest 2013SolLit Selects, and other publications. Stories from The Universal Physics of Escape have received the 2011 Howard Frank Mosher Prize from Hunger Mountain and the 2012 Tusculum Review Fiction Prize. Gonzalez earned an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins University in 2008.

As winner of the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, Elizabeth will receive a $1,000 advance and an expense-paid trip to Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in October for a launch party weekend where she will receive her prize and give readings from her debut collection of stories, The Universal Physics of Escape.

The 2016 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction open September 1, 2015.