Free Energy | Cora Cruz

48th New Millennium Award for Fiction
Cora Cruz​ of Forest Hills,​ New York​ for ​”Free Energy”

Cruz unites her considerable literary and philosophical talents to present “Free Energy,” a treatise on human happiness and a triumph of both form and function.

The Dog Days | Erzsébet Gilbert

47th New Millennium Award for Fiction
Erzsébet Gilbert of Fort Collins, Colorado for “The Dog Days”

Dusty, dreamlike, and full of yearning, “The Dog Days” unfolds at an unhurried pace. Gilbert methodically unleashes her tale, unearthing treasures tarnished and buried just below the rubble.

Since | Patricia Sammon

New Millennium Award for Fiction
Patricia Sammon of Huntsville, Alabama for “Since”

In “Since,” Patricia wields a masterful first-person narrative to fully arc the life of a 19th-century family and the joys, sorrows, and possibilities our memories contain.

The Language of Rivers | Patrick Dawson

New Millennium Award for Fiction
Patrick Dawson of London, England for “The Language of Rivers”
Full of wanderers and deception, and something close to love, Patrick’s masterfully crafted story is quick to engage and gradual to reveal. Dive in and let “The Language of Rivers” spill its secrets.

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Nothing Kinky | Evan McMurry

A soldier hellbent on getting himself honorably discharged, and the waitress who changed everything when he saw the way the sun itself tried to reach her with its gaze. Nothing kinky here… just true young love up against this endless war. —NMW

Hair of the Dog | Elizabeth Amon

Each time I read Amon’s story, the lines of a favorite Paul Simon song, ‘Slip Slidin’ Away,’ ran through my head. For anyone who worries that the best parts of life have gotten away from you, this story is here to remind us that sometimes we let things escape because otherwise… —NMW


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