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2013 Fiction Prize Winner: “Boomerang” by Summer Wood

“Boomerang” by Summer Wood

Winner of the 2013 Fiction Prize

Dusk seeps into the back yard, collecting in the twinned canopy of the sugar maple and the cherry, pooling in the grass beneath the trees, staining the side of the two-story garage we’d dubbed the Fort, slowly, gradually, almost imperceptibly bedding the wild rhubarb below in its inky darkness. The sky is still too bright for the stars to emerge. Easton and I, both ten, stand at opposite ends of the mowed expanse and thread a Frisbee through the space between us. It sails out, solid and vivid as the moon, from his right hand to my left. Beneath it my dog Spot bounds happily, her eager bark and hoarse breath the only sounds apart from our occasional laughter or, beyond, the slam of a door or distant passing of a car. And then—this is how I remember it, though it’s been more than twenty years—darkness storms the yard in earnest and it grows too dim to see and I am the one who finally fumbles the catch, and when Spot retrieves it, grips it in her teeth, I slip to the grass to wrestle it from her. I lie back. Fireflies are brightening. In time the dark deepens enough for the first stars to show, and I shift to an elbow and push myself up.

Spot sits beside me, patiently waiting. I am her boy.

Her other boy is Easton, but he has gone home.

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Announcing Our 2014 1/2k Prize Winner!

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Judge Carol Guess has selected “The Girl Next Door to the Girl Next Door,” by Amy Woolard, as the winner of Indiana Review‘s 2014 1/2K Prize! Woolard’s poem will appear in a forthcoming issue of Indiana Review. We received more than 500 submissions, a record number of excellent quality and variety. All work was read anonymously and closely by our editors. Thanks to all who submitted their work for consideration and made this year’s Prize possible.

2014 Indiana Review 1/2K Prize Winner:

“The Girl Next Door to the Girl Next Door”

Amy Woolard

Guess has this to say about the winning piece: “The sounds in this poem lured me into the story–repetition and rhyme in service to character and scene. I love the juxtaposition between sweet and staccato, and the way the tone shifts from delicate details to harsh colloquialisms. The narrator’s a mystery to me, which I like, but the girl isn’t a mystery at all– she’s true to this town and time. It’s nice to start with a girl who’s alive, for a change, and to let the girl’s escape be the truth of the story.”

Runners-Up:

“Weekend” by Shane Kowalski

“The Alexandria Story” by Corinne Schneider

“The Golden Rule” by Lo Kwa Mei-en

“How to Walk Backwards Into a Black & White House” by Amy Woolard

Finalists:

“The Fable” by Gary Leising

“Untitled” by Don Judson

“Killing Time” by A.B. Francis

“Instructions for Womanhood” & “Conspiracy to Commit Larceny” by Jennifer Militello

“The Stone Cold Rule” by Lo Kwa Mei-en

Thirteen Word Story Twitter Contest Results

Thank you to everyone who submitted to our Twitter contest with your 13 word stories!

We know it isn’t easy to write a story in such a small space, something submitters to our 1/2 K Prize are currently experiencing firsthand. Plus, we threw in the monkey wrench of associating the image to some frankly eyebrow-raising images. All of our wonderful followers rose to the challenge, and we are here to announce the winners of our awesome prizes.

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