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55 Fiction 2017

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55 Fiction 2017



It’s here again, like clockwork. For the last 30 years, around July 4, the Sun and New Times has brought you reader-submitted short stories for the annual 55 Fiction contest. Death, love, disgust, and fear all make appearances, and 2016-17 even brought out a little politics. This year’s judges included New Times Arts Editor Ryah Cooley and staff writers Chris McGuinness and Peter Johnson, who prodded the stack, refining it until it held the chosen few that we just had to print. Woven in between these short masterpieces of fiction are five pieces of art, inspired by the story of each artist’s choosing.

—Camillia Lanham

Support student journalists with 55 Fiction!

New Times established the Stephen Donnellan Moss Memorial Scholarship in Journalism Fund to honor our founder by providing scholarships to deserving student journalists enrolled in Cal Poly’s journalism program. In 2017, student Megan Schellong took home the $1,500 award for the second year in a row. Applications are available to Cal Poly journalism majors during the winter term and the scholarship fund is held with The Community Foundation San Luis Obispo County. Make a contribution to the fund by finding 55 Fiction volumes at the Amazon Kindle ebook store. Proceeds from ebook sales go to support the scholarship fund. To find out more about the scholarship, visit cfsloco.org.

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