Because the economic downturn has hit media companies with particular force, the decision this year was to print the winning story and feature the other four on our Web site, which we encourage you to read because each of the other stories that placed in the contest have something unique about them. "November," the second place story, leads you into thinking it's quite stolidly about one thing when it's actually about something else while being an insightful investigation of the language we use for sickness and death. "The Warmth of Snow" is a clear evocation of what can happen when we get what we ask for. "Lies," which won fourth place, renders a big subject, class, into a minutely observed, graceful narrative, while "Thirsty Dog: A Prague Story," in fifth place, has the sense of several places -- not just one -- down pat. The winners will read their stories at BookPeople on Thursday, October 25, at 7pm, and we invite you to come and listen to them.
Every story gets read by two initial judges; our thanks go to Shawn Badgley, Michael Chamy, Mark Fagan, Denise Hutto, Kimberley Jones, Jennie Kennedy, Eli Kooris, and Kim Mellen for their expert and tireless reads of all the submissions. The contest wouldn't be possible without our co-sponsors BookPeople, Writers' League of Texas, and 107.1 KGSR.
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