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“‘Mudsoft, Hardtack’ reveals truths that not only give us a glimpse of the speaker’s experience but those which dwell within us as well. It bends time and space; the geologic time that ticks in the mortal marrow of our elemental bones and the space between all that we love and all that we inescapably are. ‘Mudsoft, Hardtack’ teaches us to understand presence through absence—and absence through presence—without speaking a word about either. [Its] craft is elegant and restrained, and this piece has proven itself to be simultaneously fearless and vulnerable: a true mark of all great art.”
—Jeff Sommerfeld & Jason Splichal, Editors of Sky Island Journal
“‘Good Dog,’ the contest’s honorable mention, by Anna Nellis B. Smith, is told from the viewpoint of a dog, and the perspective works! Dog, the canine main character, is so deftly drawn that he remains completely genuine throughout the course of the story, never once becoming overly cute or trite. This short piece skillfully explores the silent sympathy between humans and animals in a sensitive, original way.”
—Janet Hilliard-Osborn, 2012 Judge for the Suzanne Tito Fiction Prize