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2017 Contest

Rachel Stanley

Posted March 29, 2017

Rachel Stanley from Ripon College named winner of the 2017 Nick Adams Short Story Contest

"Four Times Jasper Diallo Didn't Die (and One Time He Lived)," by Ripon College senior Rachel Stanley, was been selected as the winning story in the 45th annual ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest. The author, a double major in psychology and a self-designed major in disability justice, will receive the contest’s prize of $1,000.

Her story was chosen from among six finalists for the award by Karen Abbott, author of New York Times bestsellers American Rose and Sin in the Second City and this year’s Nick Adams Contest final judge.

In commenting on Stanley’s work, Abbott wrote: “I was immediately taken with the voice: fresh, surprising, and exquisitely raw, with gorgeous, note-perfect imagery that feels wholly organic to the character. A true accomplishment.”


Honorable mention awarded to Hanna Brown from Beloit

Hanna Brown

Hanna Brown

Hanna Brown, a sophomore majoring in creative writing and media studies at Beloit College, received an honorable mention from Abbott for “Suburb Roarers.”

In recognizing Brown’s work, Abbott wrote that the story is “By turns strange, disturbing, and laugh-out-loud funny, with a dash of Shirley Jackson. I’m eager to see what this writer does in the future.”


Contest finalists selected by Coe and Grinnell faculty

Forty-three stories were entered in the 2017 Nick Adams Contest. Stories are submitted through the English departments at the ACM colleges.

Assistant Professor of English Dean Bakopoulos from Grinnell College and Assistant Professor of English Audrey Golden from Coe College served as initial readers, winnowing the field to six finalist stories, which were sent to final judge Karen Abbott.

The 2017 finalists were:

  • "Borders We Can Keep" by Tamara Nassar, Lawrence University
  • "Coming Together Coming Apart" by Josephine Sloyan, Grinnell College
  • "Desiderata" by Emilee Martell, St. Olaf College
  • "Four Times Jasper Diallo Didn't Die (and One Time He Lived)" by Rachel Stanley, Ripon College – Winning story
  • “Suburb Roarers” by Hanna Brown, Beloit College – Honorable mention
  • "When amidst the Stars" by Randy William Santiago, Cornell College