story week reader 2013 Executive Editor Jotham Burrello Editors Justin Bostian, Amber Ponomar, Cyn Vargas Copy Editor/Layout Daniel Prazer Cover Design Mollie Johanson Story Week Artistic Director Randy Albers Fiction Writing Department Faculty Randy Albers, Chair; Andy Allegretti, Don DeGrazia, Ann Hemenway, Gary Johnson, Eric May, Patricia McNair, Joe Meno, Nami Mun, Audrey Niffenegger, Alexis Pride, Lisa Schlesinger, John Schultz, Betty Shiflett, Shawn Shiflett, and Sam Weller. The Story Week Reader is published by the Fiction Writing Department at Columbia College Chicago. Printed by Columbia College Xerox Center. Fiction, creative nonfiction, stories in graphic form, and one-act play manuscripts of 750 words or fewer were submitted by students for consideration. The Publishing Lab, a student-run resource library, publishes this annual journal of student writing in conjunction with Story Week. Visit the Lab online at http://colum.edu/publishinglab for past issues, market research, and industry interviews and videos. For information on studying fiction writing: http://www.colum.edu/Academics/Fiction_Writing Copyright © 2013 Fiction Writing Department Editor’s Note: Published simultaneously in print and online, the Story Week Reader is in its ninth year as a launchpad for emerging writers. Add to that our collaboration with graphic artists designing Zine Columbia, and these stories will find new lives in full-color magazines over the coming years. It’s been said that the real work in writing begins with revision. If so, each of our writers must be commended for their efforts in reimagining what their story had to tell and capturing it on the page; the results speak for themselves. We encourage readers to reach out to the author of their favorite story. You must now take the next step by discussing the resonance of these stories, either with the writer or amongst friends. And there is no better place to start that conversation than during Story Week. Enjoy the festival. May your next great story idea start here.