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Jacquelyn Bengfort

On December 8, I got the exciting news that I was a finalist for the 2017 Kathy Fish Fellowship, an annual offering from SmokeLong Quarterly.

This was my second year applying. Last year I made it through the first round of applications--78 of the approximately 300 SmokeLong received that and every year--so I decided to give it another shot this past fall.

While I didn't win, making it into the final 13 this time around was nevertheless quite a boost. (The winner will be announced in a day or two.) And, because the application included both published and unpublished work, I can tell you where to find some of my close-but-no-cigar stories. Surprisingly for this digital age, all of them came out in print/e-book format--not on websites!

"The Gun Season," Midwestern Gothic

"A Spell for Salvation," Candlesticks and Daggers

"The Swing Set," Unrequited

In fact, because "A Spell for Salvation" was picked up while my application for the KFF was out, only one piece from the application remains unpublished! I'll be sure to update you if it finds a home, though it could be a while--it is, by far, the oddest of the quartet.