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2002 Contest

Benjamin Jacobson of St. Olaf College Named the 2002 Winner for His Story "Faculty Brat"

Press release in May 2002

Benjamin Jacobson, a junior at St. Olaf College, has been named the winner of the 30th annual ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest. Mr. Jacobson's story, "Faculty Brat," was selected from the more than 40 stories submitted by students from ACM colleges. Professors Shawn Gillen of Beloit College and Ross Vander Meulen of Knox College served as initial faculty readers for the contest, selecting the six finalists from which the final judge made his choice.

Stephen Raleigh Byler, author of Searching for Intruders: A Novel in Stories, served as the final judge for the contest this year, which carries with it a first prize of $1,000, made possible through a generous gift from an anonymous donor.

Benjamin Jacobson is an English major at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN. Currently in his junior year, Mr. Jacobson is considering pursuit of an M.F.A. in creative writing following his 2003 graduation. He grew up in Lake Crystal, MN and first became interested in writing during middle school when, in his own words, he wrote "embarrassingly bad science fiction stories." Mr. Jacobson's interest in writing was strengthened through further, and what he calls "more sophisticated," reading. "Faculty Brat" was written in an independent creative writing course taught by Jim Heynen, and Mr. Jacobson expressed his thanks to Mr. Heynen.

  • Text of "Faculty Brat" by Benjamin Jacobson. (Note: This story is reprinted with permission. Reproduction of this story without the express, written permission of the author is prohibited.)

2002 Finalists

Eileen G'Sell, Knox College -- "What You Can't Have"
David Harrington, Grinnell College -- "Cleaning Up"
Benjamin Jacobsen, St. Olaf College -- "Faculty Brat" (Winning Story)
Kirsten Jorgenson, Lake Forest College -- "Flashing Red Light" (Honorable Mention)
David Karczynski, Knox College -- "Still Lives"
Nico Vreeland, Carleton College -- "Day 216"