Wednesday, January 6, 2010

2010 Fiction Contest

Posted By on Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 2:00 PM

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Slime-spewing aliens. Shimmering mermaids. Sordid bathroom encounters. And one gruesome tale of dog murder. Yes, the interpretations of this year's Fiction Contest theme "Slip" were as varied as the number of entries – nearly 200. The three winners were anonymously chosen by Creative Loafing's astute editorial staff and three top-notch independent judges.

First-place winner Lucas Church (who came in second last year for his story "Forgiveness Follows Suit") transformed a stale JCPenney dressing room into a lingerie fetishist's playground for "Clothes Lines." Judge Joe Davich said, "Mr. Toad's Wild Ride with undergarments! What all of us fractured people hide underneath makes us more like each other than ourselves ... gritty and gorgeous at the same time." "This was an absolute pleasure to read," said judge Collin Kelley. "I was hooked from beginning to end. Grady is a beautifully realized character with a heart and soul."

So here they are – the winners of Creative Loafing's ninth annual Fiction Contest. Enjoy the reads and don't let the free party at Eyedrum on Jan. 6 featuring the winning authors and the sexy ladies of Blast Off Burlesque slip your mind. See you there.

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