The 2015 Literary Awards Program ends on November 2nd. Grand prize is $1500, and two runner ups will receive $1000 each. Those three will also be evaluated for publication with SFWP, receiving a competitive contract for a full market, frontlist publication. There have been 39 past winners since the Program began in 2000. 90% of those winners have gone on to publication, and six of them have been published through SFWP. You can find all of the Program details right here.
Stephen G. Eoannou grabbed second prize in the 2013 Awards Program with his remarkable story collection Muscle Cars. Judge David Morrell said of Eoannou’s work: “These stories brim with sense details, giving them a multi-dimensional feel…I believed in these characters. I care what happened to them. I was moved.”
Eoannou holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte, an MA from Miami University, and has taught English at both Ball State University and The College of Charleston. He lives and writes in his hometown of Buffalo, New York, the setting and inspiration for much of his work. The stories in Muscle Cars explore the unique and sometimes flawed relationships between men, their families, and their friends. Featuring a diverse cast of inarticulate misfits—including a compulsive body builder obsessed by the death of his brother; a former boxer forced to sell his prized 1946 New York Yankees autographed baseball; and two boyhood friends who plan to steal Ted Williams’ scientifically frozen head—this stand-out debut from Pushcart-nominated Eoannou is a powerful journey through the humor, darkness, and neuroses of the modern American Everyman.