We received over 700 submissions for this year’s installment of our annual fiction contest, Literary Upstart: The Search for Pocket Fiction. After a lot of painful infighting, we invited 13 writers to read their submissions at The Baggot Inn. Our discerning panel of judges was then given the difficult task of picking a winner at a series of drunken readings hosted by the magazine. The New Yorker’s Ben Greenman, literary agents Brettne Bloom and Ben Salmon, editors Margaux Wexberg-Sanchez and Hillery Borton and The L Magazine’s own Adam Bonislawski oversaw the boozy preliminary readings before gathering on July 21st for our Upstart Championship where Gabriel Marc Delahaye was crowned the 2006 champion. His story Wild Horses is published here alongside our two other Upstart finalists and one honorable mention.
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