CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 20 SEMI-FINALISTS FOR THE 2016 MARY ROBERTS RINEHART FICTION CONTEST!
- Runners Caught Stealing, John Nardone
- What It Might Feel Like to Hope, Dorene O’Brien
- One Thirty Five South, Craig O’Hara
- The Divorce Comedy, David Parson
- The Nature of Breakage, Tanya Perkins
- Oranges: Linked Stories, Gary Peter
- Year 14, MK Punky
- Not Nobody, Not Nohow, Eric Schlich
- The Three Muses, Martha Toll
- Insurgent Skirts, Rachel Yoder
- Jungles of America and Other Stories, Jessica Barksdale
- Sex, Drugs, & Spiritual Enlightenment, Karuna Das
- The Banshee of Machrae: One Death in Seven Stories, Sonja Coppenbarger
- lonely beasts., Timothy DeLizza
- Love Songs for a Lost Continent, Anita Felicelli
- Transcendent Guide to Corporate America, Jon Fried
- Half Mine, Suzanne Greenberg
- The Science of Lost Futures, Ryan Habermeyer
- You Are Here, Kate Kimball
- In the Amber Chamber, Carrie Messenger
JUDGE POROCHISTA KHAKPOUR'S SHORT LIST WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN SEPTEMBER.
The winning author will receive a prize of $1,000, a contract for publication by Stillhouse Press, 10 copies of their book, and paid transport to the 2017 Fall for the Book festival in Northern Virginia, where the winner will participate in a reading and conversation with contest judge, Porochista Khakpour.
Porochista Khakpour is the author of two novels, Sons and Other Flammable Objects: A Novel (Grove Press, 2008), a New York Times “Editor’s Choice,” and The Last Illusion (Bloomsbury, 2014), which was named by NPR as one of the “Best Books of 2014.” Born in Tehran in 1978 and raised in the Greater Los Angeles area, her work has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes. She has been awarded fellowships from the NEA, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, Sewanee, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and Yaddo. Khakpour's essays and stories have appeared in or are forthcoming in Harper’s, The New York Times, The Paris Review Daily, Elle, Spin, Slate, Salon, Poets & Writers, The Rumpus, Guernica, Departures, Paper, Flaunt, Nylon, Bidoun, Alef, and Canteen, among others. She is currently a Writer in Residence at Bard College in New York.