Winners from October 1, 2010

1st Place: Power Rangers by Caroline Bybee
Bybee has become a regular in the top three of the Weekly Competition; this week, however, Power Rangers brought her to the top position. Readers will find themselves drawn to this literary concoction of culture and social economics. Power Rangers does not waste time preaching, exhorting for social action on the part of the reader; Bybee has the sense to realize that the portrait speaks for itself. We editors feel strongly that Bybee is a writer to watch.
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2nd Place: Worry Stone by Megan Jackson
This lilting poem by Jackson tells a story that calls upon the senses to propel it forward. All blood and coldness and heat and the breathy voices of the Irish, Worry Stone makes use of the old tradition to lead readers to the story of the poem and swallow them in it.
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3rd Place: Chorus by Brea Creel
Some readers will find Chorus by Creel a tough reed. Like Hemingway, Creel emphasizes dialogue foremost, and reveals key elements of the story in succinct lines added, almost as an afterthought, to the conversation and thoughts of the characters. Despite the challenge readers may encounter with this sort of storytelling--it's not what a contemporary eye is accustomed to seeing--by the final lines, readers will agree that this story was well worth the effort, and every bit as literary as Bybee and Jackson.
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