2021 Hamlin Garland Award Winner
Here’s what Michael Byers, this year’s judge, had to say about the winning story—Sean Williamson’s “Never the Hero:”
This story demonstrates a writer in full command – moving across a whole life in a handful of pages, finding damage and solace in unlikely moments, its people carrying their hearts forward into one question after another. Tough, tender, sweet and real, told in a voice of beautiful, persuasive originality, this story will stick with its readers for a long time.
The other finalists for this year’s contest were:
- “White Noise” by Kathryn Henion
- “An Empty Egg” by Sam Zagula
- “Three Days in Denmark” by Daniel Libman
- “A Drowning” by Jacqueline Eis
- “Don’t the Magic Come From God” by Elizabeth Trueblood
- “Josie” by Meagan Perry
- “Productive Aging” by Peter Kazon
Thank you to all submitters for making this year’s contest a success!
Keep an eye out for a full version of this story, as well as last year’s Hamlin Garland Award winning story, to be posted soon!