Christine Hennessey lives and writes in Wilmington, North Carolina, where she shares a home with nineteen chickens, one giant dog, and her husband. She earned her MFA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and currently works as the social media and content specialist at a software company. Her writing has appeared in Joyland, Flyway, storySouth, Necessary Fiction, Monkeybicycle, The Boiler, Bodega, Heavy Feather Review, and LIT, among others. She has received fellowships to Aspen Summer Words and the Vermont Studio Center, and was a semi-finalist for the James Jones First Novel Fellowship. Christine is currently at work on a novel about a one hit wonder and a short story collection about Long Island.
Here’s what the review committee and final judge Taylor Brown said about Christine’s piece:
“Line by line, the writing is confident and concise with strong narrative energy. The presentation of the fanciful and twisting turns of the grieving mind of an elderly woman who finds herself alone in her house for the first time after sitting shiva for her husband is extraordinarily executed.” ~Damita Nocton
“Strong, strange, and this story gets ton of points for weirdness and originality.” ~Jeremy Hawkins
“A strange, strangely lovely story that toes the edge of the surreal, with fluid, atmospheric prose and a gothic heart.” ~Taylor Brown
Laura Moretz is a writer with fiction published in r.kv.r.y quarterly literary journal, Cleaver, Stoneboat and The Forge. Two of her stories have been nominated for Pushcart prizes. She has won the Rick DeMarinis Short Fiction Prize and is an assistant editor for Boulevard. She lives in Winston-Salem with her family and two dogs.
Tara Laskowski is the author of the short story collection Bystanders, which won the Balcones Fiction Prize and was hailed by Jennifer Egan in The Guardian as one of the best books of 2017. She is also the author of Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons, tales of dark etiquette. Her fiction has been published in the Norton anthology Flash Fiction International, Best Small Fictions, Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded the Kathy Fish Fellowship from SmokeLong Quarterly in 2009, and won the grand prize for the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project Literary Awards Series. Since 2010, she has been the editor of SmokeLong Quarterly.
Damita Nocton (review)
Jeremy Hawkins (review)
Anna Yeatts (administrator)
Taylor Brown (final judge)
Katrina Denza (administrator, chair)