Disconnection, by Chris Lee Jones

FIRST PLACE Chris is a Welshman who has lived the last twenty years as an exile in rural England. He has worked in physics research, as an opto-electronic engineer, and most recently as a High School teacher. This story came together as an amalgam of two of his enthusiasms: science fiction and …

Plastic Eater, by J.D. Moyer

SECOND PLACE J.D. Moyer lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, daughter, and mystery-breed dog. He writes science fiction, produces electronic music in two groups (Jondi & Spesh and Momu), runs a record label (Loöq Records), and blogs at jdmoyer.com. His short stories have appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy …

Unlike Me, by D. S. Cartwright

THIRD PLACE Unlike Me by D. S. Cartwright Mel watched the Election from her apartment. Aileen, the AI in her ear, had spent the day reminding her to lie down and try to rest. You were in the hospital only this morning, it gently chided, and I should remind you …

Flying True, by K. S. Dearsley

HONORABLE MENTION K. S. Dearsley has an MA in Linguistics and Literature and has had numerous stories published on both sides of the Atlantic. She lives in Northampton, England, and when she is not writing, she lets her dogs take her for walks. Her fantasy novels are available on Amazon. Find …

Hell and Back Again, by Bruce Golden

HONORABLE MENTION Novelist, journalist, satirist, Bruce Golden’s short stories have been published more than a hundred times across a score of countries and 30 anthologies. Asimov’s Science Fiction described his second novel, “If Mickey Spillane had collaborated with both Frederik Pohl and Philip K. Dick, he might have produced Bruce …