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2007 Contest

Callie Bates named winner of the 2007 Nick Adams Short Story Contest

Press release April 18, 2007

Callie Bates, a sophomore at Lawrence University, has been named the winner of the 35th annual ACM Nick Adams Short Story Contest. Ms. Bates' story, "The Swans at Roxleigh," was selected from the 45 stories submitted by students from ACM colleges.

Professors David McGlynn of Lawrence University and Valerie Viers of Ripon College served as initial faculty readers for the contest, selecting six finalists from which the final judge made her choice.

Antonya Nelson, professor and author of both novels and short 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.

In commenting on Ms. Bates' story, Ms. Nelson wrote:

This story is a lovely meditation on loss and lostness, and its central achievement, among many, is that it places the reader so thoroughly in another place, another time, with such authority. The story reminds the reader that people have endured suffering, caused suffering, and survived it for as long as time itself. I felt both transported by and utterly invested in this wonderful piece.

Callie Bates is an English major at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. While she has no definite plans for her life after Lawrence, she is considering MFA programs.

Ms. Bates says she has been "making up stories" for as long as she can remember, but didn't start writing them down until the summer she turned 10 and has been writing ever since. She "would like to thank all of those who critiqued the original version of this story, particularly Professor McGlynn; and of course "the triumvirate"; but my deepest gratitude goes to my parents, who gave me the skills and courage with which to write."

Ms. Bates intends to travel more extensively in the next few years and hopes to visit the place where "The Swans at Roxleigh" was set.

  • Text of "The Swans at Roxleigh" by Callie Bates. (Note: This story is reprinted with permission. Reproduction of this story without the express, written permission of the author is prohibited.)

2007 Finalists

Callie Bates, Lawrence University -- "The Swans at Roxleigh" (Winning story)
Scott Reynhout, Beloit College -- "For Me to Feel Less Alone"
Steve Ringman, Lawrence University -- "Next Exit"
Kate Schlachter, Knox College -- "Outside Johannesburg"
Lindsay Sproul, Beloit College -- "A Quantity of Fish Caught"
Sarah Jane Wylder, Knox College -- "The Book of Indian Birds"