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Typehouse’s Biennial Short Fiction Contest

Announcing our 2021 3rd Short Fiction Contest Winners!

First Place:
Funny Funny Fate by Philip Walker
Second Place:
An American Love Story, 2006 by Sheila Mulrooney
Third Place:
Under Her Cellophane Skin by Emily Jon Tobias
Honorable Mentions (alphabetical by author):
Hippos on the Aft Deck 6 by Sam Asher
A Survey of Modern Art by Elisa Faison
The Hypocrite by Robert Herbst

Finalists were anonymized and judged by Angela Jackson-Brown, and we are indebted to her for her time and expertise.

Angela Jackson-Brown

Photo: Chandra Lynch, Ankh Productions

Angela Jackson-Brown is an award-winning writer, poet and playwright who teaches Creative Writing and English at Ball State University in Muncie, IN. She is a graduate of Troy University, Auburn University and the Spalding low-residency MFA program in Creative Writing. She has published her short fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and poetry in journals like The Louisville Journal and the Appalachian Review. She is the author of Drinking From a Bitter Cup (WiDo Publishing, 2014), House Repairs (Negative Capability Press, 2018). Her new novel When Stars Rain Down (Thomas Nelson, an imprint of HarperCollins, 2021) was just released, and it was just announced that Angela is the winner of the 2021 Alabama Authors Award in poetry from the Alabama Library Association. You can find her at and on Twitter @adjackson68.

She says:
“Submit a story that I haven’t already read before – and that is saying a lot because I am a voracious reader. Take huge risks with your story, and make sure when it is all said and done, you left it all on the page. I will be looking for multi-dimensional characters, vivid settings, dialogue that reveals something about the plot, the character or preferably both. Stories that are character-driven are my favorite, but if you can write a plot that screams originality, consider me hooked.”

Our next fiction contest will be open in early 2023.