WINNER: “Rapture” by Reid Sherline
Judge’s comment: “Rapture” is a marvel of compression and packs the punch of a 300-page novel. The writing is exquisite and the story a brutal and beautiful exploration of the devastating extent a child will go to find an approximation of security and love and a sense of meaning.
HONORABLE MENTION: “The Think Tank” by Nathan Curtis Roberts
Judge’s comment: I just loved being in the house with these far-flung siblings brought together by their mother’s decline. Gorgeously written, “The Think Tank” is full of humor and pathos and a rich understanding of the family web.
“Outermark” by Jason Brown
“Tracker on R****” by Niamh Mac Cabe.
“Cate Adjacent” by Afton Montgomery