The winner of the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest is “Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady. The two runners up are “Fat Hands” by John Kane and “Hustler’s Court” by Frank Perez.

A book launch party and reading will take place on Saturday, March 28 at the 12th Annual Saints and Sinners Literary Festival. For the first time, Saints and Sinners will be part of the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. The dates for Saints and Sinners are March 27 to 29 in the French Quarter of New Orleans. All twelve of the stories by the finalists will be included in an anthology published by Bold Strokes Books that will be available in March at the festival and online.

We want to thank everyone who entered the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest; Andrew Holleran, this year’s final judge, for the time and care he put into selecting the winners; Bold Strokes Books for its continued support of the festival and for publishing the anthology; and the John B. Harter Charitable Trust for its continued support of this project.

In alphabetical order by author’s last name, the 2015 Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest finalists are:

“Gingerbread” by Eric Andrew-Katz

“Days of Awe” by N.S. Beranek

“Basketball Fever” by Maureen Brady

“Wren’s Knell” by Kristyn Dunnion

“Pageant Girl” by Sam Hawk

“Fat Hands” by John Kane

“Maple Beach People” by Lee Lynch

“Hustler’s Court” by Frank Perez

“A Perfect Fit” by Felice Picano

“’Til it Bleeds” by Jerry Rabushka

“Femorph” by James Russell

“What it was Turned Ollie Queer” by Mike Tuohy