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2019 Open Reading Period: Fiction Semifinalists!

Updated: Jan 16, 2020

We are excited to announce the 2019 Open Reading Period Fiction Semifinalists!

We were delighted to receive so many powerful manuscripts through this year's Open Reading Period for Fiction. Thank you so much to all who submitted their work this year! After our preliminary readings—during which we read a fifty page sample from each writer—these twenty-three authors will be invited to submit their complete manuscripts for consideration.

Congratulations to our Semifinalists!

Lydia Rose and the Dream Museum by Michelle Blake

Fish Cough by Craig Buchner

Embodied by Emrys Donaldson

Stripped in Pornland by Jaime Dunkle

What Ben Franklin Would Have Told Me by Donna Gordon

GO ON WITHOUT ME by Alissa Hattman

Don’t Make Me Do Something We’ll Both Regret by Tim Jones-Yelvington

SNOW AT 5PM by Jee Leong Koh

Catamount by Malia Marquez

From the Love of Strangers by Ellen Michaelson

A Loss to the Stuffed Animal Kingdom by Ilan Mochari

The Hole in the Hand by Jefferson Navicky

The Book of Wanderers by Reyes Ramirez

BOW by Jessica Lee Richardson

Utah: A Novel by Levi Rogers

Silence the Bird, Silence the Keeper by Christopher David Rosales


Detroit Fairy Tales by Elisa Sinnett


THE HUNTED by Todd Tobias

Fault Lines by Liz Tucker

And There Came Forth a Great Fish by Tom Weller

Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple by Diana Xin

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