13th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest Update

Submissions were down this year – nonfiction is in, after all – but we're still excited with the 350 short stories we received from Texas to Colombia to Wyoming to New York to the UK. By now, we've narrowed down the pool considerably, and our wonderful judges – UT English and Gender and Women's Studies professor, author, and performer Ann Cvetkovich; 2003 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest winner Linden Dalecki (who has recently inked a deal with Houghton Mifflin); Rude Mechanicals playwright Kirk Lynn; Okkervil River frontman and Chronicle contributor Will Robinson Sheff; and Grass Roof, Tin Roof author, UT and Texas State teacher, and musician Dao Strom – will soon decide first through fifth places at a supersecret location that will likely involve a submarine and child snipers. Winners will be announced on Feb. 16 at our BookPeople party, and published in the Feb. 18 issue of the Chronicle.

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