Winter 2018 Hackathon Winners Announced

February 26, 2019

Owl Canyon Press, an independent publishing company located in Boulder, Colorado has just announced the winners of the winter 2018 Hackathon Short Story Contest. The judges, David Greenson (First Place winner in the Summer 2018 Hackathon for "The Biggest Salmon Barbecue in the Galaxy"), Lorain Urban (Second Place winner in the Summer 2018 Hackathon for "Half of What You See") and Julie Hall (Third Place winner in the Summer 2018 Hackathon for "Birds of a Feather") announced the names of the 3 winning writers and 24 finalists after reviewing more than 960 original works of fiction from forty-six countries, including the Armenia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Georgia, Ghana, Indonesia, Israel, Jamaica, Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, Poland, Romania, Rwanda, Singapore, and South Africa. 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 middle paragraphs, and the short story writer crafted the rest. The first place prize in the Hackathon is $3,000: second place prize is $2,000; third place is $1,000.  After careful reading of all the submissions, the judges awarded the following prizes:

FIRST PLACE: “Random and Small Redemptions” by Rita Sommers-Flanagan

SECOND PLACE: “The Final Word” by Virginia Brackett

THIRD PLACE: “Galop” by Donald Ryan

“All Things Hang on Our Possessing” by Andrea Avery

“Basic Repairs” by Dominic Breiter

“Missed” by Aramis Calderon

“Greysteel” by Kyle Caldwell

“Paper Ocean, Paper Forest, Paper Sun” by Travis Dahlke

“Turn, Friend, Turn” by Helen Dent

“Holy Mess of Accidents” by Katherine Doar

“Unveiled Redemption” by Kelsey Dunn

“Rejoice” by Daniel Earl

“The Therapy Session” by Lila Evans

“A Summer of Rare Tolerances” by Scott Gordon

“Mrs. Castalto’s Garden” by Kelly Griffiths

“The Propheteer” by Katherine Kendig

“Seven Letter Words” by Autumn Mabry

“The Great Rise” by Ryan Morris

“Four Sons” by Nancy Moir

“The Crossing” by Alissa Jones Nelson

“Shadows on the Wall” by Zackary Pierce

“Like Machines” by James Potter

“Coloboma” by Rob Rowntree

“Jubilation” by Erin Ruble

“One Last Thing” by Daniel Salvatore

“Redemption” by Michael Simon

“Limboless” by Christian Worby

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 summer.  The Hackathon winners have been invited to read their work at a celebration at Inkberry Books in Niwot, Colorado, on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Our next Hackathon Short Story Contest is scheduled to begin this summer. Please visit our website at soon for details.

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David Greenson grew up in Oakland, California, before it was hip, and then spent twenty-seven years in New York City, many of them living in an intentional community and working as a grassroots political organizer. He now lives in Asheville, North Carolina, in spite of his disinterest in beer, dogs, and hiking. He was ordained by the CHI Interfaith Community as an Interstitial Chaplain in March 2019 and is currently working on his first novel.



Julie Hall grew up on various Air Force bases across the U.S. and one in Japan. After retiring from the position of military brat she attended college, raised a child and had a career in computer programming in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has been published in the Rio Review and The Jellyfish Review. Julie currently resides in Austin, Texas with her partner, musician Christine Cochrane.



Lorain Urban’s work has appeared in the Kenyon Review, Narrative, CALYX Journal, Tahoma Literary Review, the Midwest Review, and the inaugural issue of the Hong Kong Review. Her short story, “Half of What You See,” is included in Owl Canyon Press’s anthology of its Summer 2018 Hackathon, as the second place winner.

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