2015 Contest Results

We are pleased to announce the results of the 2015 Psychopomp Magazine Short Fiction Contest.

The winning story, chosen by judge Kate Bernheimer, is “Charlie’s Kidney” by Jaclyn Watterson. Congratulations, Jaclyn! First prize in the contest is $500 and publication with Psychopomp. We’re looking forward to sharing Jaclyn’s incredible piece with our readers in the Summer 2015 issue.

Another special prize goes to “Scales” by Lisa Nohner, this year’s runner-up with the editors’ choice prize of $100 and publication.

Thank you to all contest entrants as well as our judge for making another great year of this contest possible. Our judge had wonderful things to say about our entries, and we too enjoyed the act of reading so many great stories. Below is a full list of our other finalists, semifinalists, and honorable mentions.


“Windstorm” by Lisa Beebe
“The Pencil-Maker’s Gift” by Kendra Fortmeyer
“Death in Narration” by Shilita Montez
“The Cabinet of Bells” by Llanwyre Laish
“Little Girl” by Caedra Scott-Flaherty


“Now Is the Time to Light Fires” by Kristyn Dunnion
“Haptics” by Ethan Feuer
“Hobbledean” by Karin Fuller
“Strings, Rods, Blood, and Bones” by Jason Harris
“Bitter Tongue” by James Penha

Honorable Mentions

“Choose Your Own Adventure” by Linda Davis
“4 1/2 Minute Mysteries” by Peter Hurtgen
“Earthy Top Note” by Lisa Taylor