DAVID BECKETT, the author of the novel The Cana Mystery a thrilling adventure story, studied English, German, and philosophy at the University of Texas in Austin and at the Julius-Maximilians-Universität in Würzburg before attaining his doctorate in jurisprudence. He received the Willie Morris Award for Editorial Excellence in 1997. A committed husband and proud father, David resides in Terrell Hills, Texas, with his beautiful wife, their adorable son, three rambunctious guard dogs, and one brave cat. Please visit his website to learn more: www.davidbeckettbooks.com
BARBARA BOUDON, the author of the honorable mention winner “Chimbote,” graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Literature from Ohio University and earned an MFA from Bowling Green University. She is an actress, and appeared in the feature film Hotel Room; is producer of the short film The Delivery, and playwright of Erin the Green Baron, staged at Manhattan Theatre Source in the West Village, NYC. She has worked as a teacher, proofreader, and translator at Escuela Bilingüe José Vasconcelos (Mexico), Banco Bice (Chile), Lehman Brothers, Bear Stearns, Cohen & Gresser LLP, and Random House ePubs (NYC). She works as copywriter for the Renaissance Chamber Collaborative, NYC. She and her husband, Supriya, and their son, James, reside in Rye, New York.
KAREN BRITTEN, the author of "Eyes That Pour Forth," is the first-place winner of the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category. She is a fiction candidate at the University of Florida's MFA program in creative writing. She has a degree in philosophy and religious studies from Auburn University and taught high school theology in Florida for five years. She is a native Californian, but currently lives in the very humid town of Gainesville, Florida.
MOLLIE FICEK, who earned second place in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category for her story "The Reasons Why," hails from the Midwest, the land of hotdish and high winds. She lives in Boise, Idaho, after recently completing her MFA at Boise State University. She has published in the New Ohio Review and the Hawai'i Review. She is currently at work on her first novel.
MARY FINNEGAN, the author of the third-place winner “The Edge of All Things,” works as an operating room nurse in the Philadelphia area. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Pennsylvania State University. She considers herself blessed to live so close to the great Philadelphia shrines of St. Rita of Cascia, the Miraculous Medal, and St. John Neumann. “The Edge of All Things” is her first published short story.
KAYE PARK HINCKLEY, the author of the novel A Hunger in the Heart, is the third-place winner for "Moon Dance" and honorable mention for "Intensive Care," in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category. She has a bachelor's degree in fine arts from Spring Hill College, Mobile, Alabama. A former advertising agency owner, her fiction has appeared in several literary journals, most recently Dappled Things. She is inspired by her Catholic faith, her family, and a deep connection to the Bible Belt South, where the conversation centers on God and sinners; family and football; and maybe a favorite, old hound dog. She lives with her husband in Dothan, Alabama. They have five grown children and nine grandchildren, so far. Ms. Hinckley's author page can be found at www.kayeparkhinckley.com. Please visit her blog, A World on the Edge, at www.aworldontheedge.com, and her weekly blog at CatholicMom.com
IHEANYI PITA OKUTE IWUOFOR is the author of Wild Spirits, winner of the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Novel category. He attended Holy Ghost College Owerri, and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, all in Nigeria. Since 1982, he has been a reporter, book critic, magazine editor, copywriter, newspaper columnist and scriptwriter in his native country. His poems and short stories have appeared in various journals, e-zines and anthologies of Nigerian creative writingincluding Poe-War, Sentinel Poetry, Vulgata magazine, Cahoots, Storyhouse, Poetry Soup, Nigeria magazine, ANA Review, Society magazine . . . Poets from the Fringe, Und Ein Das Straat Ein Peste, and Camouflage. He lives in his home town, Alaenyi Ogwa, Owerri, with his family.
THERESE M. JONES, the author of the honorable mention winner “The Appraisal,” is an assistant professor of English who has been teaching composition and literature at Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, for the past twenty years. She is the Director of Writing Placement, and is the current co-editor, designer, and coordinator of Lewis’s annual journal Windows Fine Arts Magazine. She regularly presents and publishes papers on composition theory and assessment, and is a published poet and short-story writer. Professor Jones has been married twenty-five years and is the mother of three. She has been an active member of the prolife movement since she was young. She is currently the moderator of Students for Life at Lewis University.
REYNOLD JUNKER, the author of the honorable mention winner “The Test,” has published work in the magazines America, U.S. Catholic, Crannog (Ireland), Italian-Americana, Feile-Festa, West Marin Review, VIA-Voices In Italian Americana, The Herald (Portsmouth,UK), Flash Frontier (New Zealand), 50-Word Stories, Skive (Australia), Ky Story (Christmas anthology), and East Coast Literary Review (poetry). His U.S. Catholic short story, “Dancing with the Jesuits,” was awarded first place in the Catholic Press Association’s Best Short Story category for 2008. His short story “The Accordionist and the Sparrow” was awarded first place in the Marin California Writers Group’s fiction competition for 2012. Subway Music, his memoir about growing up Italian and Catholic in Brooklyn, New York, was awarded first prize in the Life Stories category of the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards competition. In addition, his short story “The Volunteers” was included in the anthology, Tales To Make You Quake and Quiver. He resides in California.
CHRISTIAN MICHNER is the author of the forthcoming young adult novel Book of Battles. His previous books include the short story collection Numerology and a critical study of the Irish-American novelist William Kennedy. His short stories have been published widely in literary journals, including the Kenyon Review, Image, Crazyhorse, Hayden's Ferry Review, and Bellingham Review, and he also publishes and presents essays and reviews on contemporary Irish literature. He lives in Winona, Minnesota, where he serves as professor of literature and creative writing and director of the honors program at Saint Mary's University.
CYNTHIA MILLEN, the author of the fourth-place winner “Children of Niobe,” is best known for her four children’s books, written under her pen name, C. M. Millen. Her most recent, The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane (Charlesbridge, 2010), was awarded the Lee Bennett Hopkins National Children’s Poetry Award in 2011. She received her MA in Literature from Trinity College, Dublin, and returns to her family’s home in Sligo, Ireland, each year. She has had poetry published in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. She loves teaching and learning from her Language Arts students at Christ the King School in Toledo, Ohio. Millen is married to James Roberts, and they are the parents of five and grandparents of two.
SAMUEL MILLER, the author of the honorable mention winner “The Hour of Our Death,” is a seminarian at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He’s penned several works including two screenplays. In addition to writing, Sam enjoys directing movies; he directed and wrote his first feature length movie in high school. His second movie was filmed on location at St. Charles and is in post-production. Besides writing and directing, Sam likes to read several different genres, drawing his inspiration from writers such as Stephen King, Tom Clancy, H. P. Lovecraft, and J. R. R. Tolkien.
MICHAEL PIAFSKY, who received fifth place for "Water" in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category, is an associate professor and director of the writing program at Spring Hill College, in Mobile, Alabama. He received his master's degree from the writing seminars at Johns Hopkins University and his doctorate from the University of Missouri. His recent fiction and nonfiction has appeared in, among other publications, the Missouri Review, jabberwocky review, Ocho, Meridian, and Bar Stories. Earlier this year he was a finalist in the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers. His debut novel, All the Happiness You Deserve will be released in February 2014. More information can be found at his Web site, www.michaelpiafsky.com.
ARTHUR POWERS is the author of The Book of Jotham the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Novella category. Arthur is a convert to Catholicism. After spending much time in Brazil in the Peace Corps, working with those for whom the Catholic faith is woven into life, and after meeting a woman who eventually became his wife, he came to question his very rational agnosticism. Powers was baptized into the Roman Catholic faith in 1976 as a thoughtful, aware adult of 29 years.
L. C. RICARDO, an honorable mention winner for "The Debt" in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category, has a master's degree in Arthurian literature and an insatiable wanderlust. She is a mom and aspiring writer living in Florida, and is loyal to the Holy Father and the Magisterium. Her favorite writers, from whom she draws armfuls of inspiration, are G. K. Chesterton, Emily Dickinson, C. S. Lewis, David Jones, J. R. R. Tolkien, and Flannery O'Connor. She blogs regularly about fairy tales and storytelling on Spinning Straw into Gold (http://spinstrawintogold.blogspot.com) and hopes some day to own a spinning wheel and to visit Norway.
NATALIA SARKISSIAN, the author of the second-place winner “Lily on the Bus,” lives in Milan, Italy. Originally from New York, she holds a BA and MA in art history, an MBA in international finance, and, most recently, an MFA in writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her essays on art and finance have been published in the United States and Italy by the University of Texas Press and IPSOA publishers while her fiction, non fiction, translations, and photographs have appeared in the Huffington Post, Corriere della Sera, Numéro Cinq, il Sole 24 Ore, and elsewhere. Currently working on her second novel, Natalia divides her time between Italy and the United States. You can also find her at www.nataliasarkissian.com.
BERNARD SCOTT, who earned fourth place for "True or False," in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category, was a Protestant missionary to the artistic community of Greenwich Village prior to his conversion to the Catholic faith. His writing includes published poetry (First Things, Logos Review, The Wanderer); feature writing (the Village Voice; Exodus Quarterly); an honorary mention in Macmillan's annual Best Short Stories; and most recently a Catholic adventure/mystery novel entitled Secret of Lost Mountain. He is also a linguist who served in the Air Force as a Russian, French, and Vietnamese translator. He is the architect of OpenLogos, an Internet-based, computerized translation system. Other writing and publications of his are available on the Web site www.logosinstitute.org. He lives with his wife on the west coast of central Florida.
S. L. SCOTT, who received an honorable mention for "The Morning Star" in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category, is a native of St. Louis, Missouri. She is currently a graduate assistant at Southeast Missouri State University and is pursuing her master's degree in professional writing and publishing. She has been published in Bewildering Stories and Journey magazines and was a coeditor of Big Muddy literary magazine.
CAROLINE VALENCIA-DALISAY, the author of “Excess Baggage,” which earned an honorable mention in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category, is from the Philippines and moved to the United States as a teenager. She is deeply interested in the cultural wealth of immigrants and in the challenges immigrants face. She is a cradle Catholic, and her writing is generously flavored with the Catholic faith. Her work has appeared in a number of small journals and an anthology of her poetry is available at http://ofliliesandsparrows.blogspot.com. She lives in northern California with her husband and children.
GLORIA WHELAN, the author of first-place winner “What World is This” is an American poet, short-story writer, and novelist known primarily for children’s and young-adult-fiction. She won the annual National Book Award for Young People’s Literature in 2000 for the novel Homeless Bird. Whelan is also the author of short stories that have appeared in the Ontario Review, the Virginia Quarterly Review, the Gettysburg Review, and other literary quarterlies. Her collection of short stories, Playing with Shadows, was published by the Illinois Press. Her stories have appeared in several anthologies and in Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. Wayne State University Press published a collection of her short stories, Living Together, in the spring of 2013. Whelan lives in the Detroit area.
MATHEW ZIMMERER received an honorable mention for "Near Miss" in the 2012 Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction—Short Story category. He grew up in a trailer house behind his parents' bar, restaurant, and dinner theater on the edge of a wheat field near Billings, Montana. He graduated with a B.S. in theater from Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, where he and his future wife met as singing waiters. He acts professionally on occasion, has a master's degree in education, and teaches high school English in Chandler, Arizona, where he lives with his wife and four sons.
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