Announcing the 2017 Festival Fiction Contest winners


We are pleased to announce the eight winners of our first-ever fiction contest in the Virginia Festival of the Book! After receiving more than fifty submissions, our panel of readers reviewed each submission and selected eight finalists to send to The Atlantic‘s longtime fiction editor, C. Michael Curtis. He reviewed each of the eight submissions and selected all of the submitting writers as winners for the contest, providing them with one-on-one feedback about their work. Below are the eight writers who were selected, to whom we offer our hearty congratulations:

Kent Barton is a freelance Illustrator living with his wife in southwest Virginia. His winning entry in the is the opening chapter of a completed manuscript entitled, “Hard Road.” This is the first in a series of historic novels he is writing.

Molly Foltyn received her BA from the University of California, Los Angeles and her MA from the University of Chicago, where she won the 2013 Emerging Writers Prize in Fiction. She currently lives in Charlottesville, and when she’s not writing, she enjoys crossword puzzles, knitting, and strong coffee.

Ioline Henter lives in Charlottesville and works for the National Institutes of Health as a researcher and science writer. Although she has published over 70 scientific articles, “Something Small” is her first short story in 25 years.

Kate H. Jordan is a West Virginia native who has called Virginia home for the last two-thirds of her life. She won the 2015 Dev Hathaway Award for short Fiction for “They Also Wave Goodbye.” She is currently working on a collection of creative nonfiction essays.

Nichole LeFebvre is a Poe/Faulkner Fellow in the MFA program at the University of Virginia, where she teaches fiction. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Prairie Schooner, Barrelhouse, Paper Darts, Vol. 1 Brooklyn, and elsewhere.

Jeff Martin’s stories have appeared in journals including Mississippi ReviewThe Greensboro ReviewSou’wester, and Mid-American Review, and have received special mention in Best American Short Stories. He lives in Charlottesville, where he is the associate director of the University of Virginia’s Young Writers Workshop.

Lane Proctor is a senior at the University of Mississippi and will be graduating in May with a BA in English and French. She is originally from Birmingham, Alabama, and hopes to move to France for graduate school next year. She has always been interested in creative writing and literature, and hopes to continue to evolve her writing, no matter the field of study she explores next.

Andrea Fisher Rowland studied creative writing at the University of Virginia and went on to earn a PhD in English, also at UVa. She writes poetry, fiction and plays, and her entry was an excerpt from her novel, High Tide. She has taught English and theater at various levels, and is currently teaching English at the Renaissance School in Charlottesville.