Hiram College

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature has announced the winners of its annual fiction writing contest, the Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction.

The following students took top honors:

  • First place ($500): “Peeping Tomboy” by Nick Sawatsky ’14, creative writing major from Middleburg Heights, Ohio
  • Second place ($300): “Red. Green. Blue” by Mason Yeater ’14, creative writing major from Kinsman, Ohio
  • Third place ($200): “Valencipo” by Paul Dickerson ’16, creative writing major from South Euclid, Ohio
  • Honorable mention: “Calcified” by Alys Dutton ’15, creative writing major from Park Ridge, Ill.
  • Honorable mention: “Coping” by Shelby List ’17, undecided major from Bristolville, Ohio

The contest was open to all Hiram College undergraduates, and submissions were limited to 5,000 words.

Daniel Orozco, author of the short story collection “Orientation and Other Stories,” judged the competition. Orozco’s work has appeared in “Best American Short Stories,” “Best American Essays” and “Best American Mystery Stories.” He teaches at the University of Idaho.

Barbara Thompson was a 1977 graduate of Hiram College who loved writing. The contest is sponsored in her memory by her mother Ruth Thompson and members of Barbara Thompson’s family.

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