The grand finale of this year’s Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction competition (brought to you by Harper Perennial and the New School) is coming on Thursday, June 9th, at Galapagos Art Space, in Dumbo. (It has a moat, which was the deciding factor really.) We have some special stuff in the works for the final, which we’ll be announcing over the the next couple weeks, beginning today, with the announcement of the Wild Card finalists.
This year, in a new wrinkle, we’ll have five finalists: our three semifinal winners, and two Wild Card selections. You can hear all of this year’s readers performing their stories here, on the Upstart website, which has just been updated with this Wednesday’s five readers (as well as host Jonny Diamond’s impromptu riff on audience etiquette.
We’re pleased to announce this year’s Wild Cards:
For her story “My Girl,” read in March, Genevieve Lynch.
For his story “Camp,” read in May, Benjamin Dolson.
They’ll be joining the semifinal winners Kevin Fisher (“White Pages”), Eliza Snelling (“A Walk on Eastern Parkway”), and Hilary Leichter (“Disaster Relief”) and the finals in two weeks. We hope to see you there.