It was not an easy task, judging this short fiction contest, but what a sweet problem to have: so many good stories, so much fantastic writing by young people. Young writers are one of the things that bring hope to the world: the universe of fiction will continue, and continue to be in able hands. For a reader, and a writer, this is a true comfort.

Congratulations, contest winners, and props to all who participated. A special congrats to Eva Colas for “Searching” – wow.