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BISON cover letter PRIZE runner-up photo

This month sees publication of our newest print issue, Hobart #14. As such, and as we have done to accompany our last few print issues, we are devoting the entire month to various "bonus materials" -- photo essays, alternate endings, drawings, extra short fictions, interviews, & more! Almost half of #14 is made up of the six BUFFALO Prize winning stories, each chosen by an SF/LD author. When we decided to run the contest, we also decided to have a "best cover letter" sub-contest (the BISON Prize), to make it interesting for both ourselves and those willing to give us some money to consider their stories. Below is one of the five BISON Prize runner-ups.

So, Hobart, you've gotten all fancy now, you and your "contest". I should have known. You get a few pieces into Best American Short Stories and suddenly you're too good for us. Everybody's talking, you know, since we haven't seen you around the diner lately. Why's that, do you suppose? Ruthie's coffee not "deep-roasted" enough for you? Cherry pie not on your new city-slicker diet?

Oh God, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have said those things. We're all down here at the diner, stressing out, writing our best, trying to win your little "contest". Because we realized we're no different than you. There's not one of us that wouldn't join you at Starbuck's if we won that money. Ruthie included.


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image: Aaron Burch