Short Story Winners

Congratulations to all writers who entered! 

Art Affair’s short fiction contest (maximum: 5,000 words) is open to any writer.  Enter your own original work only. Please do not include an SASE; entries will not be returned. 

View the list of winning writers:

Art Affair 2016 Short Story Contest Winners

  • First Place – Leora Bridgewater, Beaver, Oklahoma – “Duet of Planks”
  • Second Place – Robert E. Boertien, Welches, Oregon – “Thanks for the Memories”
  • Third Place – Nelda Holliman-Paden, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – “A Top Coat’s Life”

Honorable Mentions – in alphabetical order

  • Honorable Mention – Terry Alexander, Porum, Oklahoma – “The Apple Orchard”

  • Honorable Mention – Dan Edwards, Cypress, Texas – “Still Flashing”

  • Honorable Mention – Anna Epp, Balko, Oklahoma – “Skyra”

  • Honorable Mention – Doug Moring, Lees Summit, Missouri – “Mother Honey’s Bees”

 

Art Affair 2015 Short Story Winners

  • First Place – Carole Kuczynski, Lordsburg, New Mexico – “Shower of Death”
  • Second Place – Charles R. Vassel, Midwest City, Oklahoma – “New York Justice”
  • Third Place (Tie) – Sara Gipson, Scott, Arkansas – “The Summer I Met a Real Hero”
  • Third Place (Tie) – Doug Moring, Lees Summit, Missouri – “Sophie Comes Home” 

Honorable Mentions – in alphabetical order

  • Honorable Mention – Kathy Akins, Holdenville, Oklahoma  – “Tech Support”
  • Honorable Mention -  Robert Aldridge, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  – “Fishtale”
  • Honorable Mention – Robert E. Boertien, Welches, Oregon  – “Saint Hubie”
  • Honorable Mention – Daniel Edwards, Cypress, Texas  – “Love Again”
  • Honorable Mention – Bruce Graham, Winter Park, Florida  – “Hot Pepe”
  • Honorable Mention – Sapphire Heien, Laramie, Wyoming – “Called”
  • Honorable Mention – Lisbeth L. McCarty, Norman, Oklahoma  – “Half-Baked Croquembouche”
  • Honorable Mention – Doug Moring, Lees Summit, Missouri – “A Friend in Need”
  • Honorable Mention – Charles R. Vassel, Midwest City, Oklahoma  – “Mable’s Brownies”
  • Honorable Mention – Charles R. Vassel, Midwest City, Oklahoma  – “Retribution”

 

Art Affair 2014 Short Story Winners

  • First Place – Charles R. Vassel, Midwest City, Oklahoma – “The Runaways”
  • Second Place – Charles R. Vassel, Midwest City, Oklahoma – “Elke and the Major”
  • Third Place – John V. Breen, Lymm, Cheshire, United Kingdom – “A Man to Ride the River With” 

Honorable Mentions – in alphabetical order

  • Honorable Mention – Doug Moring, Lees Summit, Missouri – “Saving Miss Hattie”
  • Honorable Mention – W.D. West, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – “Chase the Moon”

 

Art Affair 2013 Short Story Winners

  • First Place – Michael Edwin Quagliano, Dallas, Texas – “The Maafa”
  • Second Place – Mary Bollman, Kennedale, Texas – “A Rainy Day”
  • Third Place – Robert E. Boertien, Welches, Oregon – “Cold Comfort”

Honorable Mentions – in alphabetical order

  • Honorable Mention – Robert E. Boertien, Welches, Oregon – “Angel's Song”
  • Honorable Mention – Bruce Graham, Winter Park, Florida – “The Lots”
  • Honorable Mention – Ann Holbrook, Fayetteville, Arkansas – “A Matter of Justice”
  • Honorable Mention – Ann Holbrook, Fayetteville, Arkansas – “Restoration”
  • Honorable Mention – Robin Martin, Colorado Springs, Colorado – “Aim to Kill”
  • Honorable Mention – Terry L. Mirll, Midwest City, Oklahoma – “The S. Templeton Welby Simian Detective Agency”
  • Honorable Mention – Doug Moring, Lees Summit, Missouri – “Six Feet of Earth”
  • Honorable Mention – Jeanne C. Shirley, Del City, Oklahoma – “What Is Love?”
  • Honorable Mention – M. Carolyn Steele, Tulsa, Oklahoma – “LifeStones”
  • Honorable Mention – Nick Sweet, Shepherd, Texas – “Varrone”
  • Honorable Mention – Charles R. Vassel, Midwest City, Oklahoma – “Love Thy Neighbor”

 

Art Affair 2012 Short Story Winners

  • First Place – Ann Holbrook, Fayetteville, Arkansas – “Emma Jean and the Nobbler’sFolly”
  • Second Place – Jay Asher, Plantation, Florida – “Jobs in Dubai”
  • Third Place – Robert E. Boertien, Welches,Oregon – “Back Track”

Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetic order

  • Honorable Mention – Gail Denham, Sunriver, Oregon – “Change of Direction”
  • Honorable Mention – Gary R. Hoffman, Okeechobee, Florida – “Moved by the Spirits”
  • Honorable Mention – Catherine “Katey” Johnson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – “Christmas Gifts”
  • Honorable Mention – Lisa Malice, Marietta, Georgia – “Courage of the Heart”
  • Honorable Mention – Tanya Nalewaik, Arnold, Maryland – “The Undresser”
  • Honorable Mention – Patricia A. Oplinger, Cherokee Village, Arkansas – “Paula and Jesse”
  • Honorable Mention – D. G. Smeall, Vaughn, Washington – “Change”
  • Honorable Mention – John Soloman, Albuquerque, New Mexico – “Rings on the Water”
  • Honorable Mention – Margaret Truly, Hoover, Alabama – “The Parachute Dress”
  • Honorable Mention – Margaret Truly, Hoover, Alabama – “The Library Card”
  • Honorable Mention – W. D. West, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – “A Day in the Life of DorisLittle”

 

Art Affair 2011 Short Story Winners 

  • First Place – L. J. Reed, Port Aransas, Texas – “Missouri’s May”
  • Second Place – Gary R. Hoffman, Okeechobee, Florida – “The Empty Sled”
  • Third Place – Clif Webb, Houston, Texas – “This Old House”

Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetic order

  • Honorable Mention – Sally Clark, Fredericksburg, Texas – “The Second Christmas”
  • Honorable Mention – P. J. Devlin, Fairfax, Virginia – “Signals”
  • Honorable Mention – Sharon J. Montgomery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – “The Birth of a Greek Dream”
  • Honorable Mention – Yanira Ramirez, Newark, New Jersey – “My Visit to the Gynecologist”
  • Honorable Mention – Maureen Anne Schiavo, Moon Township, Pennsylvania – “The Chair”
  • Honorable Mention – Charles R. Vassel, Midwest City, Oklahoma – “The Oldest Man in the World”

 

Art Affair 2010 Short Story Contest Winners

  • First Place – B. F. McCune, Denver, Colorado – “Where is Cheyenne and Who On Earth Wants To Go There”
  • Second Place – Laura Loomis, Pittsburg, California – “Please”
  • Third Place – M. Carolyn Steele, Tulsa, Oklahoma – “The Soldier, 1836”

Honorable Mentions listed in alphabetic order

  • Honorable Mention – Anita Breitling, Weatherford, Oklahoma – “Chaos With K-OS”
  • Honorable Mention – Augustus M. Cileone, Conshohocken, Pennsylvania – “Wonder”
  • Honorable Mention – Gary R. Hoffman, Okeechobee, Florida – “Spencer Tracy Be a Great Man”
  • Honorable Mention – Julie Kimbrell, Conway, Arkansas – “One Crazy Campfire Romance”

 

Art Affair 2009 Short Story Contest Winners

  • First Place – Ann Holbrook, Fayetteville, Arkansas – “Life Everlasting”
  • Second Place – Lucinda C. Kiser, Edmond, Oklahoma – “Death by Chocolate“
  • Third Place – Lilah Contine, Saint Charles, Missouri – “My Heart Sang”

Honorable Mentions – in alphabetical order

  • Honorable Mention – Jim Barton, Huttig, Arkansas – “Falling for Cash”
  • Honorable Mention – Del Cain, Saginaw, Texas – “Yard of the Month”
  • Honorable Mention – Gary R. Hoffman, Okeechobee, Florida – “Perfect Ten”
  • Honorable Mention – Maria Rachel Hooley, Lawton, Oklahoma – “Purgatory”
  • Honorable Mention – Lucinda C. Kiser, Edmond, Oklahoma – “The Weight of the World”
  • Honorable Mention – Lauren Scott, Hayward, California – “Matches”

 

Art Affair 2008 Short Story Contest Winners

  • First Place – Laura Loomis, Pittsburg, California – “Repentance”
  • Second Place – Sara Gipson, North Little Rock, Arkansas – “Torte Reform“
  • Third Place – Anita Breitling, Weatherford, Oklahoma – “Hallowed Eve”

Honorable Mentions – in alphabetical order

  • Honorable Mention – Jim Barton, Huttig, Arkansas – “Soldier Boy”
  • Honorable Mention – Robert E. Harper, Bull Shoals, Arkansas – “Escape to the New World”
  • Honorable Mention – Catherine “Katey” Johnson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – “Christmas Gifts”
  • Honorable Mention – Lee Ann Russell, Springfield, Missouri – “Me and Sally”
  • Honorable Mention – Sharon J. Mondragon, Lawton, Oklahoma – “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

 

Art Affair 2007 Short Story Contest Winners

  • First Place – M. Carolyn Steele, Tulsa, Oklahoma – “The Midwife”
  • Second Place – Maria Rachel Hooley, Lawton, Oklahoma – “Stuffing and Broken Thread”
  • Third Place – Emery L. Campbell, Lawrenceville, Georgia – “An Easter Tale”

Honorable Mentions – in alphabetical order

  • Honorable Mention – Vera Ogden Bakker, West Bountiful, Utah – “Lost Mine”
  • Honorable Mention – Pat King, Albia, Iowa – “Leaving Home”
  • Honorable Mention – Inez Phillips, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – “The Schedule”
  • Honorable Mention – Dawn Williams, Bethany, Oklahoma – “Running with Snakes”