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Jerome Bank Story Contest

Franklin & Marshall students are invited to submit a short story to the annual Jerome Irving Bank Memorial Short Story Contest, the winner of which will receive $1000 and the opportunity to meet with this year's contest judge.

The Jerome Irving Bank Esq., Memorial Fund was established in 2003 by F&M alumnus Lawrence Henry Bank, Esq. '65 to honor and preserve the memory of his late brother, Jerome Irving Bank.

Eligibility:

The contest is open to all currently-enrolled students at Franklin & Marshall College.

Deadline for submission for the 2014 Jerome Irving Bank Prize:
Friday December 13, 2013 @ 4:30 p.m.

Guidelines:

Maximum 20 pages [typed and double-spaced], submitted in duplicate with name, class year, email and phone contacts appearing on the top left corner of the first page of the story. One story per student. No electronic submissions. Please submit to Deb Saporetti in the English Department, Keiper Hall, 3rd Floor.

2014 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Rick Moody is the author of numerous novels, collections of short fiction, a memoir, and a book of essays. His debut novel, Garden State (1992), was the winner of the 1991 Editor's Choice Award from the Pushcart Press. The Ice Storm (1994) was published in twenty countries and released by Fox Searchlight as a film directed by Ang Lee in 1997. His short fiction and journalism have been anthologized in Best American Stories 2001, Best American Essays 2004, Year's Best Science Fiction #9, and, multiply, in the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

2014 Winner:  Nodar Kipshidze, "The Embassy"

Runner-Up: Roberta Machin, "Apartment 4b"

2013 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Hannah Tinti's short story collection,  Animal Crackers, has sold in sixteen countries and was a runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway award.  Her best-selling novel, The Good Thief, is a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, recipient of the American Library Association's Alex Award, winner of the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award.

2013 Winner:  Liz Meley, "The Train"

Runner-Up: Amy Blakemore, "Investigation of a House"

2012 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Truth about Celia and Things that Fall from the Sky.

2012 Winner: William Frick, "A Time in Jamaica"

Runners-Up: Dabney Rice, "Effervescence" and Andrew M. Rivera, "The White Lotus"

2011 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge: 

Charles D'Ambrosio is the author of two collections of short stories: The Point(1995), a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, and The Dead Fish Museum (2006), a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award. He is also the author of a book of essays, Orphans (2005). Many of his short stories originally appeared in The New Yorker, and have been selected for The Pushcart Prize, The Best American Short Stories and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has received a Whiting Writers' Award, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He teaches at Portland State University.

2011 Winner: Madison Kille, '11, "Duty-Free"

2010 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Dan Chaon's most recent novel, Await Your Reply, is out this fall from Ballantine Books. Dan is also the author of Among the Missing, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and You Remind Me of Me, which was named one of the best books of the year by The Washington Post,Chicago TribuneSan Francisco ChronicleThe Christian Science Monitor, and Entertainment Weekly, among other publications. Dan's fiction has appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Best American Short StoriesThe Pushcart Prize, and The O. Henry Prize Stories. He has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award in Fiction, and he was the recipient of the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Dan lives in Cleveland, Ohio, and teaches at Oberlin College, where he is the Pauline M. Delaney Professor of Creative Writing.

2010 Winner: Susannah Hendrey, 'll, "Stillicide"

2009 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Lewis Robinson is the author of Water Dogs and the story collection Officer Friendly, both published by Random House. Born in Massachusetts and raised in Buffalo and Maine, he graduated from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in 2001. He teaches at the University of Southern Maine and coaches middle-school basketball in Portland, where he lives with his wife, daughter and dog. 

2009 Winner: Kaitlin Rose Leach, '09

2008 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Ryan Harty is the author of the story collection Bring Me Your Saddest Arizona, which won the 2003 John Simmons Award for the Short Fiction.  His stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories 2003, The Pushcart Prize XXVII, Playboy, Tin House, The Missouri Review, and many other publications.  He has received fellowships from the Croporation of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony.  At Standford University, he was a Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer.  He received his MFA from the University of Iowa,  where he was a Teaching-Writing Fellow.  He is a currently a Helen Hertzog Zell Visiting Professor at the University of Michigan.

2008 Winner: Indrapramït Das '08, "Morphosis"

2007 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Michael Griffith is the author of the novel Spikes (2001) and the story collection Bibliophilia (2003).  His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in New England Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, Southern Review, Five Points, Salmagundi, Oxford American, Southwest Review, The Washington Post, and many other periodicals.  He received a 2004 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and teaches at the University of Cincinnati.

2007 Winner: Adam Cogbill ‘07

2006 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Cathy Day's short story cycle, The Circus in Winter, was published by Harcourt in 2004. Day was born in Peru, Indiana, which was once winter quarters for several traveling circuses. Her great-great uncle was an elephant trainer. Her fiction and non-fiction have appeared in New stories from the South, Story, AntiochReview, Shenandoah, and elsewhere. The Circus in Winter was a finalist for The Story Prize; the book was also Amazon.com's "Best Books of 2004," a Barnes & Noble "Discover" pick, and an "Original Voices" selection at Borders. Recipient of the Bush Artist fellowship and a New Jersey Arts Council grant, Day teaches in the graduate writing program at the University of Pittsburgh.

2006 Winner: David Axelrod  '06

2005 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Prize Judge:

Michael Byers, author of Coast of Good Intentions  [American Academy of Arts prize for First Fiction, finalist for PEN/Hemingway Award]; Long for this World; and stories selected for The Best American Short Stories and O. Henry Awards. Michael Byers is on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.

2005 Winner: Erina P. Gruner '08

The 2014 Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Contest Prize Judge is Rick Moody.

Rick Moody is the author of numerous novels, collections of short fiction, a memoir, and a book of essays. His debut novel, Garden State (1992), was the winner of the 1991 Editor's Choice Award from the Pushcart Press. The Ice Storm (1994) was published in twenty countries and released by Fox Searchlight as a film directed by Ang Lee in 1997. His short fiction and journalism have been anthologized in Best American Stories 2001, Best American Essays 2004, Year's Best Science Fiction #9, and, multiply, in the Pushcart Prize Anthology.

The Jerome Irving Bank Short Story Contest Prize Reading with Rick Moody took place Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. in the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House.

To read 2014's winning story, "The Embassy," by Nodar Kipshidze, click here!