The Winners


First Place: "Romeo"

Robert Byington lives in Austin. "Romeo" is his second submission to the Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest. His first, "Javelkemeiche," received an Honorable Mention in 1992. Heartened, Byington adapted a screenplay from it and made a movie called Olympia, which opened South by Southwest in 1998.

Second Place: "Applesauce"

Raised in Ohio, Jason Scott Katz has been in and around Austin for the past 20 years and loves it. He graduated from Southwest Texas State University (not Texas State) in 1995 with an M.A. in English. He taught English in Pusan, South Korea, for a year after school. Currently, he Êteaches English Composition and Developmental Writing at Austin Community College and waits tables at Chuy's to keep up with his friends (the money) and because he enjoys the interaction (and the money). Last year, he completed his first novel, Kissing Strangers, and has been shopping it for an agent and/or a publisher (shameless plug). He's hard at work on a second book, teaching himself how to move fluidly from one project to the next. He loves traveling, reading, and writing.

Third Place: "Worthy Stories"

Katie Williams is in hot pursuit of her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers. Her fiction has appeared in Poor Mojo's Almanac(k), her poetry in Elysium. And, yes, beauty pageants like that do exist.

Honorable Mention: "163 Questions"

Rebecca Beegle's work has appeared in Fence, elimae, and 5-Trope. She lives in Austin, where her play Don't Drown was nominated for the 2004 David Mark Cohen New Play Award by the Austin Critics Table. She received an Honorable Mention in the 2002 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest.

Honorable Mention: "Misty's Pulley"

Gerry Cullen is president of IT Watchdogs Inc., an electronics/software company in North Austin that makes network monitoring gear. More than four years ago, he started NetBotz, another Austin-based network monitoring company, which was venture-capital funded. He is a returned Peace Corps volunteer and Colorado State graduate in physics.

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