William Boyle has been named the grand-prize winner of the 2014 Memphis Magazine Fiction Contest for his story, “Shoveling Out,” which will be published in the magazine’s June 2014 Culture Issue.
Boyle lives in Oxford, Mississippi. He received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi, where he currently teaches first-year writing. He also works at The End of All Music, a record store in Oxford. He is the author of the novel Gravesend (Broken River Books). His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Mississippi Noir, L.A. Review of Books, The Rumpus, Salon, Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Lazy Fascist Review, Hobart, and other magazines and journals. He’s originally from Brooklyn, New York.
Receiving an honorable mention award in our contest, for her story titled “Cherry Road,” is Anna Kushnir, who was born in Ukraine and grew up in Memphis. She’s majoring in Biology at Rhodes College, and will have work published in the college literary magazine, The Southwestern Review. She has participated in the St. Jude Summer Plus Fellowship, and is applying to medical school. She plans to pursue both medicine and writing.
Also receiving an honorable mention award is Karen Peacock, an art therapist in Memphis. She received her Master’s from Pratt Institute in Art Therapy and Creativity Development. She currently teaches art therapy at Christian Brothers University and facilitates the Art Therapy Access Program at Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. Her previous nonfiction and poetry works have been published in Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association and Pulse: voices from the heart of medicine. Her entry in the fiction contest, “A Glimpse of You,” is her first fiction story.
We congratulate these three winners, and we appreciate all writers who entered the contest. We also extend a big thank-you to our longtime contest cosponsors, The Booksellers at Laurelwood and Burke's Book Store.