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story week reader 2012 Executive Editor Jotham Burrello Editors Emily Schultze, Justin Bostian, Matt Martin, Kevin Kane Copy Editor/Layout Daniel Prazer Story Week Artistic Director Randy Albers Fiction Writing Department Faculty Randy Albers, Chair; Patricia McNair, Acting Chair; Andy Allegretti, Don DeGrazia, Ann Hemenway, Shawn Shiflett, Gary Johnson, Eric May, Joe Meno, Nami Mun, Audrey Niffenegger, Alexis Pride, Lisa Schlesinger, John Schultz, Betty 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. Photography, cover design, and layout design by Ann Prazer; layout by Daniel Prazer. 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 © 2012 Fiction Writing Department Editor’s Note:

Published simultaneously in print and online, the Story Week Reader is in its eighth 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 as 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. As reading is the first step in fulfilling the potential of good writing, 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.

Story Week Reader 2012, Volume 8  

Precise Prose in 750 words or fewer