The winner of Narrative Magazine Spring 2010 Contest is a story that I am happy to say was one of two that I thought were the best in the semi-finals. FIRST PRIZE goes to Scott Tucker’s I Would Be Happy to Leave This Asylum.
Make every word pull its weight. (Sometimes the right noun can deliver both meaning and tone; the perfect verb may eliminate the need for an adverb.). Don’t skimp on clarity. Every sentence must make sense and work together with the other sentences to make logical paragraphs.