The variety of entries submitted to the Texas Bar Journal Short Story Fiction Writing Contest is always surprising. From funny, to heartbreaking, to bizarre, Texas attorney authors have a flair for writing stories that are never boring. We thank the 56 authors who submitted stories this year. Two panels of judges faced the challenging task of selecting the winners. Both rounds of judging were blind; the authors’ names were removed from the stories before the judges received their copies. We thank our judges for enthusiastically, graciously, and attentively reviewing the entries. In the preliminary round, three pairs of judges received the first batch of entries to review. Each judge selected the top three scoring stories from his or her group to advance to the final round of judging. Seventeen entries advanced to the final round. A panel of three judges read those stories: attorneys Lillian Hardwick of Austin and David L. Red of Beaumont and writer and freelance journalist Beth Sample of Austin. Each judge completed an evaluation form for each finalist, awarding 10 points for quality of story, 10 points for quality of writing, and a discretionary 10 points. Our winner, Bouquet by Numbers by Lane D. Thibodeaux, earned the highest number of points in the final round of judging. On the following pages, you will find the top three winners plus one honorable mention in the Texas Bar Journal ’s sixth Short Story Fiction Writing Contest. We hope you enjoy reading these creative short stories as much as we did. Finalists Making it through a competitive initial round of judging, these Texas attorney-authors should be congratulated for earning a spot in the finals of the Texas Bar Journal ’s sixth Short Story Fiction Writing Contest. Their stories can be found online at texasbar.com/tbj. Black and White Thinking in a Blue and Green World by Alan Brooks Back Where He Belongs by Drew Crownover (THIRD PLACE) Dead Out of Options by Blair Dancy The Brothers Grimm by Thad “T.W.” Davidson Representing Rita by Angela Dixon Sunrise by Russell W. Fusco (SECOND PLACE) The Last Memorandum by Frank J. Gonynor Into the Abyss by Paula Goodhart Channeling Steinbeck by E. Stephanie Hebert Daffodil Teacups by Barbara Hutzler A Tough Case by Rudolf O. Siegesmund Quantity Makes Quality by Josh Speirs Butterfly, Sailboat, Vancouver by Luis Suarez The Palladium of Liberty by Margaret D. Tagliavia Breathe In by Brian Tagtmeier Bouquet by Numbers by Lane D. Thibodeaux (FIRST PLACE) D-N an’ A by Ron Uselton (HONORABLE MENTION)
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