THE ELEVENTH ANNUAL



SHORT STORY CONTEST

SECOND PRIZE: $100
Three Honorable Mentions: $25 each
Entry fee: $8
Deadline: March 31, 2020

All Five Finalists Will Be Published Online in
the June 2020 Issue of Gemini.

We are open to ANY subject, style, genre or length. Stories
must be unpublished but work on personal blogs is eligible.

Entries are read blind so everyone gets an equal chance.
Both new and experienced writers have won our contests.
All previous winners and finalists may be read below.

TO ENTER BY EMAIL:

1.   Click "Donate" and pay the $8                                      
entry fee. PayPal will send                                      
a receipt with transaction ID.                                   

2. Paste transaction ID into email. Attach entries as      
   a standard file with NO identifying information or       
paste them into email and send to:                        

fictioncomp@gemini-magazine.com

Do not include bio. Include contact info in email only (we delete this
before reading). Enter as many stories as you like. $8 fee for each.

Contact editor@gemini-magazine.com if you don't receive a
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news and contest info. Unsubscribe anytime.

TO ENTER BY SNAIL MAIL:

1. Mail entry with $8 check or money order, payable to
Gemini Magazine, to:

Gemini Magazine
Short Story Contest
P.O. Box 1485
Onset, MA 02558 USA

(include $8 for each additional entry; put name and contact info on
separate page only; include SASE if you want reply)

Postmark deadline: March 31, 2020
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RESULTS OF THE 2019



SHORT STORY CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE ($5,000):
"A Spoon Will Catch the Dark Girls' Pain"
by Susann Cokal

SECOND PRIZE ($250):
"A Starting Place"
by Stephanie Renee Payne

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($50 each):
"Twins" by Bonnie West
"Memoirs of Amazonia" by Esther Cohen
"Dave & Stranger" by Edmund Rodriguez

NOTABLE STORIES:
"Grace Fell First" by Lisa Walker
"The New Normal" by Alexander Jones
"When We Were Bad" by Evelyn Krieger
"The Same for Me" by Jack Clinton
"Establishing Keshav" by Lalit Nigam
"Frank's Heart" by Cal Lewis
"That Boy in Seat 2A" by Geoffrey K. Graves
"The Girl Who Learned to Fly" by Paul Hellweg
"Two of a Kind" by Terri Scullen

A big THANK YOU to all who entered. Thanks also to our
staff readers
who gave so freely of their time and helped us find the gems. Our next
short story competition opens in late December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2018



SHORT STORY CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE ($1,000):
"Bedlam"
by George Harrar

SECOND PRIZE ($100):
"Her Last Dance"
by Evelyn Krieger

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 EACH):
"All the Acorns on the Forest Floor" by Kim Hooper
"Without a Sigh" by R.S. Wynn
"The Hand in Motion" by S.J. Cahill

NOTABLE STORIES:
"Viola Hamilton's Journey to Real Happiness" by Letty Butler
"The House of Correction" by Jendi Reiter
"Ravenous Mermaids" by Dawn Sperber
"Fanfare for the Common Man" by M. E. Kopp
"Day of the Dead" by Catherine Marenghi
"Panopticon" by Logan de Freitas
"Resourcefulness: a Surf Diary" by Mary Clark
"The Shape of Things" by Stephen Coates
"Pep Rally" by Devan Burton
"Callista" by Pat Rohner
"Cash Redemption" by Alice Hatcher

Thanks so much to everyone who entered! It was a pleasure to read your
work and a challenge to choose from so many exciting stories. When
reading contest entries and general submissions we always learn
something new—about writing, people, life, the world. And as always, a
big thank you to our dedicated staff of readers, without whom this would
not be possible. Watch for the opening of our 10th annual short story
competition in late December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2017
Gemini MAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

FIRST PRIZE ($1,000):
"Epiphany on the E Train"
by Alyssa Metcalfe

SECOND PRIZE ($100):
"Bones, Burns & Bedpans"
by Saffron Marchant

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 EACH):
"Love Rhyme Number 51" by Edward Alban
"Matriarch" by Fern Lee
"The Red Apron in Heaven" by Tammy Lee

NOTABLE STORIES:
"Mystery of the Mantua Skeletons" by Jesse Arthur Stone
"#theprocedure" by Jeanne Althouse
"Tiernan's Last Stand" by Richard T. Rook
"Danny O'Reilley's War" by Robert B. Robeson
"P.O.W." by J.R. Mues
"Retribution at the Home of Guiding Hands" by Jim Musgrave
"Eye of Newt" by Barbara Brockway
"Middle Eastern Lunch" by Lisa Jisa
"The Stairs" by Lauren Bamber
"Coney Island, 1978" by Sarah McElwain
"Joni Mitchell Was Wrong" by Linda Rosen
"The Grove" by Nikki Broadwell
"An Affair of the Heart" by Phylis Campbell Dryden
"Black Orchids" by Antoine Maurice Devine

I would like to thank each and every writer who participated in our Short
Story Contest this year. It was an honor to read your work. Thanks also to
our fantastic staff of
readers! Without their help this could not have
happened. Watch for the opening of our eighth annual Short Story
Contest in late December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2016
Gemini MAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

GRAND PRIZE ($1,000):
"Small Onya"
by Laura Lovic-Lindsay

SECOND PLACE ($100):
"Coin Tricks & Other War Tactics"
by Richard Squires

HONORABLE MENTIONS ($25 each):
"The Crying Woman" by Barbara Boehm Miller
"Cases Like This" by Ray Busler
"The Memory of Miriam" by Kelly Glass

NOTABLE STORIES:
"Wild Notes" by Kathryn Williams
"Sun Face" by Norma Connor
"Turning the Page" by Gloria Whelan
"Cresc." by Anna Hundert
"Odibil" by Todd Reppert
"Magic Hair" by Shanteé Felix
"Refugees" by Teresa Burns Gunther
"Me 'n' Axl" by V. Joseph Racanelli

Thanks to all who entered. We LOVED reading your stories! Thanks also
to our talented
staff who helped find the gems and offered insightful
commentary. Look for our next Short Story Contest toward the end of
December. And keep writing!

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2015
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

Grand Prize:
“Everybody Shimmies Now”
by Drew Hardman ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
“Donor Number 2000-799”
by Yong Takahashi ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):

“The Luckiest Kids in the World” by Heather Whited
“Tidying Up” by Hilary Sloin
“Air Force Ones” by Lisa J. Sharon

Notable Stories:
“The Extent of Women’s Mercy” by Willonee Simone
“Letters for Dreamers, Nomads for Days” by Lauren Green
“The Regency Era” by Avee Chaudhuri
“Among These Very Trees” by Valerie Cumming
“The Lodger” by David Butler
“Black Skies” by  Patricia Kester
“Numerology” by Melanie Bishop
“Cog” by Eric J. Juneau

Watch for our next Short Story Contest in late December.

Thanks for entering! Thanks for reading!

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2014
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

Grand Prize:
"
Patron Saint of the Confederacy"
by John Kachuba ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"
The Ola Dress" by Sandra Worsham ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):
"
Locked In" by Jeff Lyon
"
The Favor" by Jake Teeny
"
A Desert Prayer" by Sakina Fakhri
"
The Birdman" by David A. Pepper

Notable Stories:
"Gaza Journal" by Timothy Jay Smith
"The Spaceman" by Rebecca Mandelbaum
"Cold War Oddity" by Ray Adams
"Posslqs" by Paula Paige
"You Are Here" by Kate Kimball
"Dreams of August" by Andrew Stancek
"After Incus" by Emily Nemens
"Point of Entry" by Martha Clarkson
"Second Rate Love Is No Life" by Petra McQueen

To all entrants: Thank you for sharing your stories! We loved reading them.
They have enriched our souls. A special thanks to our incredible
staff of
readers who helped us find the gems.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2013
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

Grand Prize:
"As Clear as Water"
by Daryl Murphy ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"Rosewood"
by Kate Selker ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions ($25 each):
"In My Head" by Jody Callahan
"Blue Collar" by Aja Brooks
"Getting Your Goats: How to Navigate African Marriage Proposals"
by Laura Lee Huttenbach

Notable Stories:
"How I Found a Lover for My Wife" by Sophy Burnham
"Showboat" by Tia Clark
"Pieces of Light" by Rachel Shapiro
"The Color of Time" by Sharon Warner
"Army Brat" by Christina Gombar
"Favorites" by Cindy Rosmus
"In Her Sister's Shadow" by Hannah Onoguwe
"The Dirty Windows of Books" by Jasmon Drain
"The War at Home" by Linda Davis
"A Homily for Karl Ostenberg" by Fred McGavran
"The Boy Who Had a Peach Tree Growing Out of His Head"
by Hal Ackerman

I would like to thank each and every writer who participated in our Short Story
Contest. My summer was spent immersed in your stories, and what a great
summer it was! Thanks also to our fantastic staff of
readers! Without their help
this could not have happened.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2012
GeminiMAGAZINE
SHORT STORY CONTEST

The Grand Prize winner is....

"Nothing, Everything"
by Denis Wong ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
"I'll Miss the Earth"
by Patricia McNamara ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions:
"The Hygienist" by Linda Davis
"Broken Glass" by Katy Motiey
"The Black Hills" by Barbara Mayor

Notable Stories:
"Postings from My Other Self" by William Luvaas
"Lucky" by Cindy Rosmus
"The Exterminator" by Julia Noël Goldman
"Talbot Does Laundry" by Myra Thompson
"The Language of Our Bodies" by Reuven Goldfarb
"My Uncle's Eyes" by Kathryn Brackett
"The Mongolian Merchant" by Mary E. Nelson
"The Beauty of Acid" by L.K. Clark
"The Fish" by Nadia Ibrashi
"The Price" by Mark Connelly
"Beyond Polite Conversation" by Dawn Lowe
"Peligro" by Willma Willis Gore

To all who entered: thanks for the honor of reading your work. Thanks also to
the interns and readers for their dedication. An electric time it was! Our next
Short Story Contest opens in December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2011
Gemini Magazine
SHORT STORY CONTEST

We received over 1,000 entries to the Short Story Contest this year. Many
exceptional stories of all types, and plenty of reading enjoyment.

The Grand Prize winner is
“My Beautiful, Brash, Beastly Belfast”
by Seamus Scanlon ($1,000 prize)

Second Place:
“Little Chang”
by Paul Hellweg ($100 prize)

Honorable Mentions:
“Eyes Wide Open” by Colleen Quinn
“Cecilio Breaks the Law” by Mary E. Nelson
“The Stone Carver” by Ann Marie Samson

Notable Stories:
“Soul Exchange” by Ashok Hegde
“Plegia” by Adam Phillips
“Virtuoso” by Sandy Kovack
“Respect the Weed” by George Harrar
“Mud Season” by Mara Buck
“Red Eye Express” by Michael Pearce
“The Fourth Monkey” by Kathryn Shaver
“Literacy” by Kathleen Spivack
“Roadside” by David Mohan
“967 Steps” by Austin Kentebe
“Harry’s Way East” by Kit Redeker
“Kismet” by E.B. Hantzis
“Rose Colored Glasses” by Kate Mariana Brown
“Little Games” by David Depner

In addition there were many more memorable stories not listed here.
A heartfelt THANK YOU to all who participated and to our hardworking interns and
fiction readers for their help on this contest. Read about them
here.
Look for our next Short Story Contest in late December.

— David Bright, Editor
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RESULTS OF THE 2010
Gemini Magazine
SHORT STORY CONTEST

1ST PLACE ($1,000 Prize):

Hallie Rundle,
"Asphalt Sky"

2ND PLACE ($100 Prize):

Evelyn Krieger,
"Twenty-Ten"

HONORABLE MENTION:

Paul Barton,
"Walking Down the Road"

Denise Heinze, "Trick"

David Darracott, "Claire's Rabbits"

We received so many good stories we could easily have chosen another
stellar set of five. Thanks to all who participated!
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FIRST PRIZE: $1,000
We have paid
writers &
artists more
than $38,000
since our
start in 2009.