Theme: UK-inspired
The final year of the Esoteric Contest. 

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Prizewinner - $1000
“Berryman’s” by Guy Mitchell in London, UK


“Snares” by Tyler Keevil
“We Can Practice Starts” by C.R. Sender


Thank you to everyone who entered and to our guest judges:
Sandra Hunter
Jake Andrews
Dan Powell
Jennifer Harvey
Elizabeth Baines.

The prizewinning story is available in the Spring 2014 Premium Edition, which also features an interview with the author.


Theme: Natural Disaster

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Prizewinners - $1000 each

“Storm in a Teacup” by Dan Powell in the United Kingdom.
“The Possibility of Fire” by Jessica Barksdale in Oakland, CA
“Higher Ground” by Karen Celestan in New Orleans, LA


Honorable Mentions - $100 each
“Before the Earth Shook” by Victoria Large in Cambridge, MA
“A Chance to Get Involved” by Jeff Moscaritolo in Lincoln, NE.


Thank you to everyone who entered!


Prizewinning stories and honorable mentions are available in the Spring 2013 Premium Edition, which also features interviews with the prizewinning authors and includes comments from the editors.


Theme: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender


Fiction Prizewinners - $250 each
Sarah Rosenblum, Chicago, IL - "What You Miss"
Jennifer Pashley, Clinton, NY - "Angels"
Rachel Steiger-Meister, Cincinnati, OH - "Chlorine Mermaid"
Jeremy Garrett, Austin, TX - "The Exhausted Pose"

Photography Prizewinner - $250
Karen Shacham, Atlanta GA

Thank you to all who entered the inaugural contest. The stories are available to read in our Spring 2012 issue online.