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Story Week Reader 2013
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Story Week Reader 2013


a button lost, a button found | David Sim Wei Lun
how to necklace a deviant | Michelle Pretorius
mactaggart's daycare | Hal Baum
tweakin' | M.E. Reid
museum girl | Ryan Buell
losing your booze | Malissa Stark
when it was ending |Andrew Buttermore
fire, 1970 | M.B. Wells
all roads lead to rome | Sahar Mustafah
death at the seafront | Oleg Kasantsev
tenderness |Virginia Ilda Baker

SWR Archive

always the weight | Darwyn Jones


hiding the gun | René Cousineau
peaches | Elizabeth Grear
mr. leatherback | Terrill Mast
born in the year of the dog | Kate Duva
exitec's success | Nicholas Cole
a problem child | Jessica M. Scott
how to act like a lady while wearing an orange jumpsuit | Mikaela Shea
train to nowhere | J.S. Walker

Executive Editor

Jotham Burrello


Justin Bostian, Amber Ponomar, Cyn Vargas

Copy Editor

Daniel Prazer

Cover Design

Mollie Johanson

Story Week Artistic Director

Randy Albers

Fiction Writing Department Faculty

Randy Albers, Chair; Andy Allegretti, Don DeGrazia, Ann Hemenway, Gary Johnson, Eric May, Patricia McNair, Joe Meno, Nami Mun, Audrey Niffenegger, Alexis Pride, Lisa Schlesinger, John Schultz, Betty Shiflett, Shawn 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. 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 about studying fiction writing: http://colum.edu/Academics/Fiction_Writing

Copyright © 2013 Fiction Writing Department

Editor's Note:

Published simultaneously in print and online, the Story Week Reader is in its ninth year as a launchpad for emerging writers. Add to that our collaboration with graphic artist designing Zine Columbia, and these stories will find new lives in full-color magazines over the coming year. 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. We encourage reader 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.