Despite frigid weather, about 25 people gathered at Rediscovered Books on First Thursday, Feb. 6, to hear a reading of the winners in Boise Weekly's annual Fiction 101 contest.
Now in its 12th year, more than 170 writers submitted work to the contest in 2013, with the winners announced in the Jan. 1 edition of Boise Weekly.
First place—and $400—went to JSP Jacobs of Huntington Beach, Calif., for her story "It Is True, I Loved Him."
Second place—and $250—went to Nicole LeFavour of Boise for her story "Mom."
Third place—and $150—went to Cody Gittings of Boise for his story "The Hungriest Man on Earth."
Honorable mentions—with a prize of $50 each—went to Doug Kizer of Boise for his story "Rock Paper," and Eric Wallace of Eagle for his story "Steeplechase."
Judges included Rick Ardinger, executive director of the Idaho Humanities Council; Cort Conley, director of literature at the Idaho Commission on the Arts; Laura DeLaney, co-owner of Rediscovered Bookshop; Alan Heathcock, professor of English at Boise State University and award-winning author of Volt; and Clay Morgan, adjunct professor of English at Boise State University, author and former Idaho writer-in-residence.
Submissions for the 2014 Fiction 101 contest will be accepted starting in October, date TBA.