Monthly Archives: April 2012

One Journey Ends, The Next Begins – The 2012 Winning Stories Are Now Available To Read

You can now read the three winning stories from the 2011-2012 Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. They will be available here on the website for ninety days, from April 5, 2012 – July 4, 2012.

And with the posting of these stories we now put to rest the inaugural year of the Friends of the Merril Short Story Contest. Thanks to all of you who have helped through various means – everything from sending submissions on down – we’ve managed to make an extraordinary success of the contest.

In light of that success, we begin the work of preparing the way for the 2012-2013 contest later this year. But, for now, we’re going to sit back, take a bit of a breather, and enjoy the fruits of our labours as we round out the last attendant details of the 2011-2012 contest (like making sure our winners get their limited edition booklets).

So, please join us in once again congratulating Sarah Ennals, Jason S. Ridler, and Dr. Philip Edward Kaldon on their winning entries, and enjoy the stories – which you can read from the Winning Stories (2012) page of the website. Going forward, the Winning Stories (2012) page is also where we’re housing the permanent record of the full finalist list for the 2011-2012 contest year.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the winning works you are more than welcome to do so in the Comments fields, either for the individual stories, or the Comments field of the Winning Stories (2012) page itself.

We also intend to post up some pictures of the finished limited edition booklets containing the winning stories once the artist crafting them has completed the booklets, but for the most part we’re going to ease into the next contest year. It’s been a long five months, and we’re looking forward to a little downtime around here.

And if you need anything in the meantime please don’t hesitate to either contact Michael Matheson at, or drop us a line on Twitter (@fomcontest).