2014 Winning Short Stories

"Hands" by Emily Choi, winner of the Gold Medal
The son of a gifted pianist struggles with his musical balance as his father is dying. Emotionally on key and in perfect pitch.
Hands.docx
Microsoft Word Document 18.0 KB
"The Final Straw" by Mahashwet Gayen, winner of the Gold Medal
Can a quiet and peaceful young man be pushed to violence when he watches his father abuse his mother? This well constructed story builds tension beautifully to the youth's crisis.
The Final Straw.docx
Microsoft Word Document 23.3 KB
"The Crossword" by Alyssa Finfer, winner of the Silver Medal
The subtle love and understanding between a husband and wife play out in an old man's reminiscences of his deceased spouse as he completes his daily crossword puzzle.
The Crossword.docx
Microsoft Word Document 17.8 KB
"The Assessment" by Evan Bombeke, winner of the Bronze Medal
A tantalizing exploration of the power of memory as the subject of a psychological experiment faces a transition from one life to another.
The Assessment.docx
Microsoft Word Document 18.1 KB
"Blue", by Isabelle Kulick, winner of the Bronze Medal
A wrenching first person account of abuse by a step-father that leaves the reader black and blue.
Blue.docx
Microsoft Word Document 23.7 KB