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Playing in the SFF Fountain

07/07/2004. Contributed by Jessica Martin

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Speculative Literature Foundation announces the first Fountain Award winner.

The Speculative Literature Foundation (SLF) has just announceed the results of the first ever Fountain Award.

The winning entry was "The Specialist" by Alison Smith, first published in McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. Ms. Smith wins a prize of $1000. Sixteen other stories received honorable mentions.

The Fountain Award is given to short stories (up to 7500 words) of exceptional literary quality. The Award is judged by a jury, and is chosen from work nominated by magazine and anthology editors for the year in question. The judges for the 2004 award (for works published in 2003) were Heinz Insu Fenkl, John Kessel, Larissa Lai, Kelly Link, and Maureen McHugh.

The SLF noted the participation of many mainstream publications in the Award, in addition to traditional genre venues.

Stories receiving honorable mentions included works from McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Conjunctions #41 and Missouri Review.

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