We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2015 Hummingbird Prize!
‘The Last Neanderthals’ by Cristina Crocker Escribano
Judge Bob Thurber says of this story:
In less than 700 words, ‘The Last Neanderthals’ depicts the precarious situation of an ancestral couple trying to survive tumultuous changes beyond their control. It’s a succinct and pithy glimpse of a people on the brink of extinction. From the title on we know the ultimate outcome of what the story’s narrator suspects though he can’t quite grasp or articulate it. The piece is atmospheric, prickly, tragic and satisfying.
Congratulations to Christina, who wins the $300 prize. Her story will be published in the Winter 2016 issue of Pulp Literature.
Runner up: ‘Dream House’ by Jennica Broom
In Bob’s words:
Dream House is playful, darkly whimsical, and daring good fun that becomes progressively more unnerving as it unveils a serious real-world soreness.
Jennica wins $75, and her story will be published in Issue 9 as well.
We have also chosen two Editors’ picks, stories that stuck with us:
‘Vellum’ by Andrea Lewis
‘Chipping’ by Jono Naito
As with last year’s Editors’ Picks we hope to offer these authors standard story contracts within the next year.
We’re very sorry to keep everyone waiting until 2016 to read these such great stories. In the meantime please enjoy the free e-book on offer from our hard-working contest judge. Bob Thurber’s novella Cinderella She Was Not won the 2006 Meridian Editor’s Fiction Prize, one of Bob’s very long list of credits and awards. We can’t thank Bob enough for his time spent on a tough decision regarding the winning entries; perhaps our readers can thank him with a review or a nod on their social media.
We were extremely impressed with the quality of the stories that came in this year, and it made choosing the winners hard! For those who paid the additional fee for editiorial feeback, your critiques will be arriving by email soon.
We hope your pens and keyboards are hard at work generating stories of equal quality for the Raven Contest, which opens September 1st!