Meet the Finalists for the 2022 !Short Story Contest!

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Bobby Harrell is a public librarian who lives in South Central Kentucky. With over a decade of library experience, Bobby tries to inject into his writing the familiar and the strange living side-by-side. Bobby’s been a lifelong writer and reader, creating worlds and characters to populate them for as long as he can remember. 

Lucy Zhang writes, codes, and watches anime. Her work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Fireside Magazine, Wigleaf, and elsewhere. She is the author of the chapbooks HOLLOWED (Thirty West Publishing, 2022) and ABSORPTION (Harbor Review, 2022). Find her at or on Twitter @Dango_Ramen.

Gregory Nooney earned a master’s degree in social work (MSW) from Loyola University in Chicago in 1983, has worked as a mental health therapist for over 35 years, and has conducted numerous workshops on various topics. My book Diagnosing and Treating Dissociative Identity Disorder: A Guide for Social Workers and All Frontline Staff has been published by NASW Press. He is passionate about reducing the stigma of those with early childhood trauma, especially those with dissociative disorders. He is currently working on a novel about a man with a diagnosis of dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as Multiple Personality Disorder.

Robert Bagnall was born in a doubly-landlocked English county when the Royal Navy still issued a rum ration, but now lives by the sea. He is the author of the science fiction thriller ‘2084 – The Meschera Bandwidth’ and over fifty published short stories, twenty-four of which are collected in the anthology ‘24 0s & a 2’. Both are available on Amazon. Three of his stories have also appeared in NewCon Press’ annual ‘Best of British Science Fiction’ anthologies. He blogs at and can be contacted there.

Ginger Dehlinger waited until she retired to begin writing “for the love of words, not money.” She writes in multiple genres and topics, whatever interests her at the time. She has self-published two novels (Brute Heart, set in Oregon, Never Done, inColorado) and one middle-grade children’s book (The Goose Girl’s New Ribbon).Her poetry has appeared in over a dozen journals and anthologies.

Ginger has won or placed in several writing competitions, including best nature essay in the 2011 Nature of Words contest for Pacific Northwest writers and first runner-up in The Saturday Evening Post’s 2022 Great American Fiction Contest. You can find her in Bend, Oregon or at

Brad Kelechava is a professional blogger whose writing you might come across while searching for topics spanning renewable energy to the history of rats. His short fiction appears in Tales to TerrifyHyphenPunkUtopia Science Fiction, and elsewhere. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their cat.

Steve Loiaconi is a journalist and a graduate of George Mason University’s MFA program. His fiction previously appeared in Griffel, True Chili, the Good Life Review, East by Northeast, River River, and the New Plains Review. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife and son.

Ross West has placed fiction, essays, journalism, and poetry in publications from Orion to the Journal of Recreational Linguistics to, where his story “The Omelet Maker” was a finalist in the 2020 !Short Story Contest! His work has been anthologized in Best Essays Northwest, Best of Dark Horse Presents and elsewhere. He edited Inquiry, the University of Oregon’s research magazine, was senior managing editor at Oregon Quarterly, and served as text editor for the Atlas of Oregon and Atlas of Yellowstone.  

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