Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Atticus Review Flash Fiction Contest!

by | Nov 27, 2017 | Issues - Contest Winners, The Attic

We’re very pleased to announce the 2017 Atticus Review Flash Fiction Contest winners! Congratulations to the writers below.

Thank you to all the wonderful writers who entered and to Carmen Maria Machado for selecting the contest winners.

We will be publishing the winning pieces over the next four Tuesdays beginning tomorrow, November 28th with the four runners-up. Then we will publish 3rd prize on December 5th, 2nd prize December 12th, and 1st prize on December 19th.

Winner! (First Prize)

Mechanical Martyr” – Rachel Levy

Rachel Levy

Rachel Levy’s fiction has appeared in Black Warrior ReviewFence, Tarpaulin SkyTwo Serious Ladies, and other journals. She is the author of A Book So Red (Caketrain 2015) and the recipient of a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Prose. With poet Lily Duffy, she edits DREGINALD.








2nd Prize

Lake Mary Jane” – Jeff Ewing

Jeff Ewing is a writer from Northern California. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared, or are coming up, in Sugar House Review, ZYZZYVA, Willow Springs, Crazyhorse, Saint Ann’s Review, SmokeLong Quartely, and Lake Effect. He lives in Sacramento, California with his wife and daughter.








3rd Prize

Hacedora” – Kaitlyn Burd

Kaitlyn BurdKaitlyn Burd is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, but she now lives and teaches on the southern coast of Spain. Her work has been featured or is forthcoming in Map Literary, The Birds We Piled Loosely, Cleaver Magazine, Atticus Review, and elsewhere. She has also worked on the staff of Paper Darts Magazine. Currently, she is at work on a novel.










Trilling” – Alyssa Proujansky

Alyssa Proujansky

Alyssa Proujansky has studied fiction in Ithaca, London and New York, and Traditional Chinese Medicine in New York. A finalist in Boulevard‘s Short Fiction Contest, The American Short(er) Fiction Contest and Glimmer Train‘s Fiction Open, her work is forthcoming in decomP. She lives in Brooklyn, where she is at work on her first novel.









Heroes of the First Cities” – Catherine Carberry

Catherine Carberry

Catherine Carberry lives in New York. Her fiction has appeared in journals including Guernica, North American Review, Tin House online, Indiana Review, Sou’wester, The Collagist, Greensboro Review, and has been broadcast on National Public Radio. She holds an MFA from Bowling Green State University, and is currently working on a novel set in 1950s Puerto Rico.









God Save Our Queen” – Claire Guyton

Claire GuytonClaire Guyton is a Maine writer, editor, and writing coach. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in CrazyhorseHermeneutic Chaos JournalMid-American ReviewRiver StyxSliver of Stone Magazine, and elsewhere. Claire has been a Maine Arts Commission Literary Fellow, and earned her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. She blogs about writing short prose at








Ida” – Elisabeth Ingram Wallace

Elisabeth Ingram WallaceElisabeth Ingram Wallace lives in Glasgow, and is a Scottish Book Trust ‘New Writers Award’ winner. In 2017 she won ‘Writing the Future’, the world’s largest science-fiction short story prize. Her writing can be found in the Bath Flash Fiction Prize anthologies, Flash Frontier, and b(OINK).









The winning pieces were selected blindly from a pool of finalists.

About the Judge

Carmen Maria Machado is the author of the story collection Her Body and Other Parties and the memoir House in Indiana (forthcoming in 2019), both from Graywolf Press. Her Body and Other Parties was a finalist for this year’s National Book Award in Fiction. She is a fiction writer, critic, and essayist whose work has appeared in the New YorkerGrantaTin HouseGuernica, NPR, Gulf CoastBest American Science Fiction & FantasyBest Horror of the YearYear’s Best Weird FictionBest Women’s Erotica, and elsewhere. She is the Artist in Residence at the University of Pennsylvania, and lives in Philadelphia with her wife.

About The Author

Michelle Ross

Michelle Ross is the author of the story collections There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, winner of the Moon City Press Short Fiction Prize and finalist for the INDIES Forward Book of the Year Award for Short Stories, Shapeshifting, winner of the Stillhouse Press Short Fiction Award (forthcoming in 2021), and They Kept Running, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize (forthcoming in 2022). Her fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Electric Literature, The Southeast Review, Witness, and elsewhere. Her work has been included in Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and the Wigleaf Top 50, among other anthologies. She was a consulting editor for the 2018 Best Small Fictions anthology. She lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband and son.

Books by Michelle Ross

Michelle Ross

Michelle Ross