Monthly Muse Results

The response to our first Monthly Muse contest was inspiring — thank you to all who participated!

The winners and finalists in each category are listed below, along with links to each winning story.

The new prompts will be announced soon! 

“From the Garden,” by Michele Flynn

“Folie Á Deux,” by Laura Rose

“Perfection,” by Molly Seale

+ Finalists

  • Carrie Bailey, “Open Letter to my Single Teenage Mother, a Career Waitress”
  • Diarmaid O Cuanain, “Revive”
  • Chris Guppy, “No Right to be Wine”
  • Bruce Rettig, “Rabbit Hole”
  • Ellie Roscher, “The Silence and the Cry”

“Apples,” by Laura Maynard

“Taking Our Time,” by Jonathan Segol

“Ice Lessons,” by M.K. Sturdevant

+ Finalists

  • Honora Ní Aódagaín, “When Heroes Die”
  • Meredith Escudier, “My Father’s Eyes”
  • Nina Gaby, “Observations from the Girl Who Wasn’t Even Under the Bridge”
  • Rowan Groth, “Bye-Bye Johnny, Johnny Bye-Bye”
  • Carolyn Watkins, “The Born”