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Semi-finalists Announced!

2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Semi-finalists for 2015!
Wendy J. Fox
winner of the 
2014 Press 53 Award
for Short Fiction
We received 243 entries for the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction, and due to the high-caliber of writing we’ve decided to announce a list of 25 semi-finalists—both to recognize these authors and their impressive collections, and to give us a little more time to decide on our list of 10 finalists. 

We will announce our 10 finalists before April 1, and our choice for winner will be announced as planned on May 3.

Semi-finalists for the 2015 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction (in alphabetical order):

Craig Albin of West Plains, Missouri, for Hard Toward Home: Stories
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
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
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
John Gifford of Edmond, Oklahoma, for Freeze Warning
Elizabeth Gonzalez of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, for The Universal Physics of Escape
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
Jodi Paloni of Marlboro, Vermont, for They Could Live with Themselves
Matthew Pitt of Fort Worth, Texas, for These Are Our Demands
Sara Rauch of North Hampton, Massachusetts, for What Shines from It
Sara Schaff of Oberlin, Ohio, for When I Was Young and Swam to Cuba
Lisa Sharon of Cleveland Hts., Ohio, for Rare Birds
Sally Shivnan of Baltimore, Maryland, for Piranhas, & Quicksand, & Love and Other Stories
Gerry Wilson of Jackson, Mississippi, for Mating and Other Stories

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