The Tampa Review editorial team is excited to announce that our guest judge, Evan James, has selected a winner for the Danahy Prize for short fiction.
This year’s winning story is “Security” by Shayla Bruin. Bruin is a writer living in Chicago, Illinois. This is her first published work.
Of the winning story, our judge, Evan James, says, “’Security’ unfolds with subtle, sophisticated narrative artistry. When a couple in the suburbs opens their door to a pair of “new neighbors,” a breathtakingly swift series of dramatic reversals and ambiguous power shifts takes place, ultimately driving them to a profound sense of uncertainty about both the world and themselves. Fully realized and written with exhilarating skill and control, its final moments resonate with potent mystery–the once-familiar stripped bare and left standing in its own undeniable strangeness.”
James also selected the following finalists:
“Kentucky Unicorn” by Thomas M. Atkinson
“Brooklyn Bridge” by Grace Shuyi Liew
Please join us in congratulating Shayla, and we hope you’ll keep us in mind when submissions open once again in the fall.