Come listen to a dramatic reading of the top three community-submitted short stories and find out who will receive our grand prize for best short story in 2022!
Registration is encouraged.
Interested in our Short Story Contest? Entries due November 11. Visit champaign.org/short-story for additional details.
About the judges:
Andrea Sielicki Andrea Sielicki is currently an MFA fiction candidate at the University of Illinois. In 2021, she studied with Charles Baxter at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and in 2022 she was a recipient of the Josephine M. Bresee Memorial Award for short fiction. Originally from Wisconsin, she graduated from Cornell University.
Molly MacRae The Boston Globe says Molly MacRae writes "murder with a dose of drollery." She's the award-winning author of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries and the Highland Bookshop Mysteries. As Margaret Welch, she writes for Annie's Fiction. Molly's short stories have appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine since 1990. After twenty years in northeast Tennessee, Molly lives in Champaign, Illinois.
Parham Parastaran is an Iranian-American entrepreneur and author with a passion for discussing mental health issues in the business community. A rock-bottom moment led to signing himself up for psychoanalysis, starting a journey that opened up the darkest doors within himself and found him revisiting a childhood of trauma. Over 15 years after that first psychoanalysis session, he chronicled his powerful story in his 2018 memoir, Perfect Pain.
Registration is closed.
Main Library, Robeson Pavilion Room A & B
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