It seems like the Sunstone Fiction Contest grows more every year–producing more submissions and better quality! Thus, these writers deserve a special round of applause for winning the 2018 contest.
1st Place: “You Can Give Him a Kiss,” by Alison Brimley
From the judges: “Any time a second-person POV can pull me in like this, I’m impressed.” “It surprised me at times, but each twist felt organic to the story.”
2nd Place: “Adam and Lilith. And Eve,” by Ryan Shoemaker
From the judges: “The irreverent sense of humor sparkles throughout ‘Adam and Lilith,’ without over-playing its hand or over-staying its welcome.” “The mixing of Biblical and contemporary details makes this feel surprisingly fresh. ”
3rd place: “I Can See the Moon,” by Kevin K. Rex
From the judges: “It balances its nostalgia with a gently-biting wit, its ruminations with good humor.” “… the voice is engaging and unique …”
Honorable Mention: “Back to the Meadow,” by William Morris
From the judges, “This story is strong out the gate, with a well-drawn premise [and] propulsive narrative …” “… this one had me curious and on the edge of my seat.”
Sunstone subscribers can look forward to reading (and hearing) these stories in future issues of the magazine and podcast.