Fiction Contest Winners Announced!

We are pleased to announce the results of this year’s LUMINA fiction contest judged by George Saunders!

First Place

Bill Derks for “Let’s Just Say”


Second Place

Sam Martone for “Last Tour”


Third Place

Jessica Lillien for “After Saco River”


Honorable Mention

Leah Schnelbach for “Bracelet”

Look out for the winning stories in the upcoming issue of LUMINA on April 14th. It will be available for purchase on this site and in select bookstores.

Thank you to everyone who participated. It was a treat to read each one of your submissions.

And a special thank you goes to George Saunders for dedicating his valuable time to our contest and being so charming along the way.


William Derks holds a BA from Western Michigan University and an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College. His fiction has been published in Display MagazineThe Laureate, and he is the honorable mention recipient of the 2009 Gwen Frostic Creative Writing Awards. William is the current fiction editor for The Boiler.

Sam Martone grew up in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He is Managing Editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review and Associate Editor for Origami Zoo Press. His work can be found in Fairy Tale ReviewSmokeLong QuarterlyHobart and others, as well as in the forthcoming Kanye West-influenced anthology: #GOODLitSwerveAutumn.

Jessica Lilien is a writer working and living in New York City.

Leah Schnelbach earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012. Turn-ons include redheads, good espresso, and the Oxford comma. Turn-offs include Objectivism, snoring, and the death of the author.

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