2020 Short Story Award


The 2020 Short Story Award winners!

Congratulations to:

1st Place--Brett Wolff, Sierra Madre, CA
2nd Place--Paul Gail Benson, Columbia, SC
3rd Place--Alexandra Otto, Kodiak, AK

Honorable Mentions:
(in alphabetical order by author's last name)
"Wabbit's Carat" by Debra Goldstein, Birmingham, AL
"The Elevens" by Louella M. Nelson, 
Lake Forest, CA
"Clover" by Ramona Scarborough, Salem, OR

Watch this page for info on our
2021 Short Story Award
seeking "Mysteries"
Opens January 1, 2021

Many thanks to our 2020 Guest Judge:
Edgar Award winning and
NYT Best-selling author 
Peter Abrahams/Spencer Quinn

Peter Abrahams is the Edgar Award winning author of thirty-eight novels including The Right Side, The Fan, A Perfect Crime, and the Echo Falls series for younger readers. Under his pen name, Spencer Quinn, he writes the New York Times best-selling Chet and Bernie series, as well as the Queenie and Arthur series for younger readers. Abrahams was born in Boston, graduated from Williams College, and lives on Cape Cod. You can visit him at peterabrahams.com

Previous BWR Short Story Award judges: 2012--Jonathan Maberry; 2013--Hank Phillippi Ryan; 2014--Rebecca Forster; 2015--Curtis Smith; 2016--Marisa A. Corvisiero; 2017--Carrie Vaughn; 2018--Kimberly Brower; 2019--John Grogan