We have a winner! Congratulations to Roz Spafford of Toronto, Ontario, winner of the 2014 Obsidian Prize in fiction for her story “The Season” which will appear in the fall issue of High Desert Journal. Congratulations, too, to runners-up James Pounds, Matt Holloway, and Morgan Smith. Look for their stories on our website soon.

Contest judge David Abrams says of “The Season”:

From the first sentence to that last startling, riveting image, “The Season” wastes no words. Along with the economy of language comes a very palpable sense of menace and tension strung tight between the sentences. Spafford perfectly nails that awkward, scary moment we’ve all experienced moving from childhood to adolescence. In “The Season” that transition just happens to be drenched in blood and violence.