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Steven J. Cahill Wins the Gival Press Short Story Award

Congratulations to these fine writers:


Winner of the 2014 Gival Press Short Story Award Progressive Linkage by Steven J. Cahill of East Burke, Vermont.

Photo by Cindy L. Smith.

The short stories were read anonymously and the winner was chosen by the previous winner Lynn Stegner.

Finalists: Runner Up: An Original Sin by Colin Brezicki of Ontario, Canada. Vacancy by Aaron Tillman of West Roxbury, Massachusetts. The Rockbury Sisters by Karen Loeb of Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Don Juan and the Gringo by Nick T. Watson of Bluffton, South Carolina.

Praise: “The characters in Progressive Linkage may know their way around a souped-up Chevy but Steve Cahill, the story’s author, knows his way around the terra infirma of the human heart. What begins as a reasonably healthy sibling rivalry takes a dark turn fueled by misunderstanding, casual intent, and the small, almost-sins of carelessness. Cahill plays the language like the instrument it is meant to be, with a driving intensity and exuberance. The extended metaphor that indirectly celebrates the internal combustion engine never once falters, even while on another level it transports the characters into the landscape of callow passion and its unanticipated consequences.” —Lynn Stegner, judge

Biography: S. J. Cahill lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont where his creative nonfiction and memoir pieces have been published in Vermont Magazine, North Country Journal, and Good Living Review. His prize winning fiction appearing in Gemini Magazine was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and the Dzanc Book Award, and three of his short stories were chosen for New Hampshire fiction anthologies. His work is also included in a Hurricane Press collection and the Catamount Arts poetry anthology.

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