Sep 29, 2009
mnLIT presents: Terry Dunham
This week's short story, "The Last Trip to Bradford" by Terry Dunham, a tale about bittersweet homecomings and the persistent pull of one's native landscapes, was selected by writer Lise Erdrich for the 2009 mnLIT series.
Sep 14, 2009
mnLIT presents: Laura Owen
This week's miniStories winner is a wry little tale by Laura Owen about family legends and everyday magic, selected as a 2009 mnLIT winner by novelist Leif Enger.
Aug 31, 2009
mnLIT presents: Eric Vrooman
This week's miniStories winner is "Performance Review," a very clever story by Eric Vrooman, selected for the 2009 cycle of mnLIT by author Diana Joseph.
Aug 17, 2009
mnLIT presents: Brian Beatty
This week's mnLIT winner, "Velour" by Brian Beatty, is one of the 2009 miniStories grand prize recipients. You can hear Brian read his victorious short story, along with a host of other mnLIT winners, tonight at 7 pm at the Ritz Theater.
Aug 3, 2009
mnLIT presents: Kelly Barnhill
This week's mnLIT winner, a poignant short-short story by miniStories author Kelly Barnhill, was selected by novelist Jon Fasman. Come hear this year's miniStories winners read their victorious short stories live at the Ritz on August 17.
Jul 21, 2009
mnLIT presents: Rodney Nelsestuen
"Rage" is one of the flash fiction winners, selected by juror Lise Erdrich, in this year's mnLIT/miniStories competition. For the next several months, mnartists.org will publish all the victorious pieces, one poem or story per week, through April 2010.
Jul 21, 2009
About our 2009 miniStories/mnLIT Judges
Read more about our accomplished panel of miniStories flash fiction jurors for the 2009 cycle of mnartists.org's mnLIT competition and publication project: Leif Enger, Lise Erdrich, Jon Fasman, Diana Joseph, and David Oppegaard.
Mar 12, 2009
STORY: Stefanie Robinson
Josh Casey, our grand prize-winning author from the winter 2008-09 cycle of miniStories, offers a brand-new story about all manner of unrequited love -- it's poignant and a bit creepy, surprisingly wry, and altogether satisfying.
Feb 16, 2009
miniStories: "Al Gore's Island" by Dan O'Neil
miniStories: Dan O'Neil
This week's winning short by Dan O'Neil (selected by Dennis Cass) is our final miniStories finalist of the fall-winter cycle: take a daring helicopter flight to a forbidding Arctic island with a one-time presidential contender in the captain's seat.
Jan 26, 2009
miniStories: "Perfect Size" by Jodie Maruska
miniStories: Jodie Maruska
Jodi Maruska's bitingly funny, bittersweet little story, "Perfect Size," was selected to be a miniStories winner by author Michael Kimball.
Jan 19, 2009
miniStories: "The Mayflower" by Deborah Girdwood
miniStories: Deborah Girdwood
This understated, surprising short by Deborah Girdwood neatly captures the quiet yearnings at the heart of adult family life. "The Mayflower" was selected as a miniStories winner by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl.
Jan 12, 2009
miniStories: "Dear Mother" by Maggie Ryan Sandford
miniStories: Maggie Ryan Sandford
This week's winning short, a pitch perfect accounting of childhood grievances by Maggie Ryan Sandford, was selected for this round of miniStories by author Dennis Cass.
Dec 22, 2008
miniStories: "Maybe It Tastes Like Sugar" by Amber Courteau
miniStories: Amber Courteau
This little tale by Amber Courteau, selected as a miniStories winner by novelist Michael Kimball, cuts to the quick with a keen-edged poignancy rendered all the more potent by the story's brevity.
Dec 15, 2008
miniStories: "Renovation" by B.A. Clawson
miniStories: B.A. Clawson
"Renovation" is a dystopian short, at once chilling and humane, written by B. A. Clawson and chosen as a miniStories winner for this round by novelist Michael Kimball.
Dec 8, 2008
miniStories: "Sylvia Rocks the House" by Beth Mayer
miniStories: Beth Mayer
This week's flash fiction, "Sylvia Rocks the House" by Beth Mayer, is a wry little tale about the persistent shackles of modern womanhood, selected as a miniStories winner by Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl.
Dec 1, 2008
miniStories: "Diana Used to Say" by Josh Casey
miniStories: Josh Casey
"Diana Used to Say," this week's winning miniStories entry by Josh Casey chosen by author Dennis Cass, offers a haunting yarn about love and friendship, and the inevitable loneliness that stalks us all.
Nov 17, 2008
miniStories: "Rosebush" by Tiffany Bolk
miniStories: Tiffany Bolk
"Rosebush" by Tiffany Bolk, selected by novelist Michael Kimball, quietly explores that moment on the cusp of adolescence when the longings of a child's heart vie with dawning adult truths.
Nov 17, 2008
About the miniStories Judges: Fall 2008
miniStories and mnartists.org
Read more about this competition cycle's panel of miniStories judges: Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl, Michael Kimball, and Dennis Cass.
Sep 24, 2008
STORY: "Monarchs" by John Jodzio
Read an original short story by the summer 2008 miniStories Grand Prize-winner, John Jodzio. It's a tale of fathers and sons, the perils of young love and even younger nephews, and the joys of a little deviant behavior.
Sep 23, 2008
miniStories: "On Telling Her" by David Doody
miniStories: David Doody
David Doody's winning flash fiction, "On Telling Her about the Short Story 'On Wanting to Get Three Walls Up Before She Gets Home,'" is a funny little meta-fiction gem about love, writing, and home improvement.