The 2016 Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize was awarded to Eric Schlich for his story “Head Over Knees.” This year’s contest was judged by T.C. Boyle. You can read the winning entry here. The second place story was “Barking Dog Nocturnal” by Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam and third place was “Fire” by Brenda Peynado.
Eric Schlich is a PhD candidate in fiction and Kingsbury Fellow at Florida State University. He is the Nonfiction and Production Editor for The Southeast Review. He earned his MFA in fiction at Bowling Green State University, where he was the Assistant Fiction Editor for Mid-American Review. Born and raised in Lexington, Kentucky, Schlich completed a BA in English and Spanish at the University of Kentucky.
The Stella Kupferberg Memorial Short Story Prize is awarded annually by Selected Shorts and a guest author judge. The winning entry receives $1000 and the work will be read at Symphony Space on May 25th, as part of an evening of stories inspired by the Twilight Zone, hosted by Robert Sean Leonard. Find out more about the event here. Details of the 2017 contest will be posted in July 2016, and the deadline will fall in March of 2017.
Big thanks to our partners on this year’s contest: