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The winners of City Paper’s 14th annual short-fiction and 13th annual poetry contests

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Out of the numerous entries we received, there were some clear standouts. “Chaos,” by C.C. Vail, was nearly unanimously voted first place in fiction ($250) and the same holds true for “Marie’s Dance,” by Angie Cochrun, in poetry ($100). After that, however, things became less clear. The variety of tones, styles, and subject matter in the entries was nearly as great as the variety of our readers—even if vampire fiction was a little overrepresented this year. After some heated debate, the City Paper editorial staff arrived at consensus around some exceptionally strong work. In fiction, F.P. Gamber takes second prize ($150) with “The Plagiarist,” and Jody Costa’s story “So Much Closer and Far More Brilliant” wins third ($50). In poetry, Kyle Eichman’s “Sunday” comes in a strong second ($50), and “So Far Child,” by Lydia Rich, takes third prize ($25). In addition to the top prizes, we would like to congratulate the honorable mentions: “The Best Little Retirement Home in Baltimore,” by Dorothea Olivia Newton, in fiction, and “Zeno’s Paradox,” by F. Reagor, in poetry. Congratulations to all the winners.


Fiction and Poetry Contest Winners

Fiction First Place: “CHAOS” by C.C. Vail
Fiction Second Place: “The Plagiarist” by F.P. Gamber
Fiction Third Place: “So Much Closer and Far More Brilliant” by Jody Costa

Poetry First Place: “Marie’s Dance” by Angie Cochrun
Poetry Second Place: “So Far Child”by Lydia Rich
Poetry Third Place: “Sunday” by Kyle Eichmann

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