The Winners

First Place: "Minouli Steals a Kiss"

WYNN PARKS earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 1971 and was awarded a Dobie-Paisano Fellowship by the University of Texas soon after. His work has appeared in such diverse publications as Gambit, The Washington Post, and Archaeology Magazine. He is a geologist who has lived in the likes of Greece, Turkey, North Africa, Alaska, the Philippines, Iran, Japan, England, and Mexico. He currently resides in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and is married with two children.

Second Place: "Song Loon"

BONNIE WEST lives and writes in St. Paul, Minn., where it's freezing. Presently, she is working on a series of stories (autobiographical fiction and a little creepy) from her boarding-school days. She has just recently produced a CD, Yoga for Writers. You can contact her at Her heart belongs to Austin!

Third Place: "Denying Marisol"

NANCY MOSER is currently teaching the best sixth-graders in Austin at Martin Middle School.

Honorable Mentions: "Response to the Number Nine" and "Cicadas"

REBECCA BEEGLE recently returned to Texas after 14 years in Chicago. Her piece "Honey" will be part of FronteraFest's Mi Casa Es Su Teatro on Feb. 8, and her play hour-minute-second, a collaboration with Jon Watson, is the inaugural production of the Rude Mechanicals Second Stage series and opens this weekend.

BILLY COPE is a self-published Austin writer. Two years ago, he began publishing his short stories in a 25-cent journal called welfare press. The project has been more successful (and more demanding) than he first imagined; he has sold more than 6,000 copies of the 13 issues of his little books at coffee shops and record stores in Austin.

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