Summer 2018 Hackathon Winners Announced

September 3, 2018

Owl Canyon Press, an independent publishing company located in Boulder, Colorado has just announced the winners of the summer 2018 Hackathon Short Story Contest. The judges Tom Strelich (author of the novel Dog Logic) and Gene Hayworth (publisher and chief editor of Owl Canyon Press) announced the names of the 3 winning writers and 24 finalists after reviewing more than 900 original works of fiction from thirty-three countries, including the United States, Canada, India, Pakistan, Romania and many more. The entries ranged in genre, and included Romance, Supernatural, Mystery/Crime, Literary Fiction, and Sci-Fi/Fantasy.  Writers were invited to create and submit a short story consisting of 50 paragraphs. The contest provided the first and last paragraph, and the short story writer crafted the rest. The first place prize in the Hackathon is $1,000: second place prize is $500; third place is $250.  After careful reading of all the submissions, the judges awarded the following prizes:

FIRST PLACE: "The Biggest Salmon Barbecue in the Galaxy" by David Greenson
SECOND PLACE: "Half of What You See" by Lorain Urban
THIRD PLACE: "Birds of a Feather" by Julie Hall

The work of the three winners, along with that of the 24 finalists will be published by Owl Canyon Press in an anthology, which will be released this fall.  The Hackathon winners have been invited to read their work at a celebration at Inkberry Books in Niwot, Colorado, on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Our next Hackathon Short Story Contest is scheduled to begin in October. Please visit our website at soon for details.


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Winner of the first Owl Canyon Press Short Story Challenge, Tom Strelich was born into a family of professional wrestlers and raised in Bakersfield, California. His  plays include BAFO (Best and Final Offer) which was commissioned by and had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and its New York premiere at the American Place Theatre (APT); Dog Logic, which also had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and went on to win a Kennedy Center Fund For New American Plays award for its New York premiere at the APT; and Neon Psalms, which won the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award for its world premiere at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco and its New York premiere at the APT.  Tom's honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant for playwrights, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Playwright Award, and commissions from South Coast Repertory and the Actors Theatre of Louisville.  Tom has one screen credit, Out There (Showtime).  For more information about Tom and his work, please visit his website at:



Gene Hayworth is the publisher and chief editor of Owl Canyon Press. He is the author of Fever Vision: The Life and Works of Coleman Dowell (Dalkey Archive Press, (2007) and has translated several books from German into English, including A Journey Into Russia (Haus Publishing, 2015), Turkey Rediscovered: A Land between Tradition and Modernity, (Haus Publishing, 2016), The Gentlemen's Tailor (Owl Canyon Press, 2013).

Owl Canyon Press

Publishing Fine Books in Boulder, CO since 2011