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1st Place: Kimberly Schaye
Kimberly Schaye writes and farms in the Hudson Valley region of New York State with her husband and daughters. She is the author of Stronger Than Dirt.
Judge Beth Kephart on the winning story: "There is a sense of menace here, a darkness, something deep happening, a nice turn of insight at the end. You could see the story unfolding."
Beth Kephart is a National Book Award finalist whose lyrical writing spans all genres—fiction, memoir, poetry. Her latest YA novel, This Is the Story of You, will be published in April 2016.
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2nd Place: Evelyn Krieger
Evelyn Krieger’s first children’s novel, One Is Not a Lonely Number, was a 2011 Sydney Taylor Honor Book from the Association of Jewish Libraries. When she’s not writing stories, Evelyn works as an educational consultant and homeschool advocate. She lives with her family in the Boston area. Read more of Evelyn’s writing at evelynkrieger.net.
Judge Beth Kephart says about the second-place story: "Simply told, I chose it because of its dimensions and depths, and because it moved me; it left me with the sense of knowing this woman, empathizing with her fears, believing in her family. It felt real to me, and complete."
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3rd Place: Shane Bradley
Shane Bradley lives in Due West, SC, with his wife, Sharon, and two children, Sadie and Sloan. When he isn’t camping, traveling and making the most of his time with his family, he works at Erskine College as the Writing Program director and an assistant professor of English. Most days he manages to find a few minutes to write. He has written for Sandlapper magazine, and one of his more recent essays appeared in the book State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love.