Fiction Winners

Our Annual Contest Results Are In

Last month, the winners were announced of IDAHO magazine’s 2018 Fiction Contest. Thank you to all entrants and to our judges, who spent hundreds of hours reading and commenting! Winning entries marked with an asterisk (*) can be read on the magazine’s website under the Contests tab. Here are the victors:


1st Rebecca Crouse, Rathdrum Following Idaho* (567 points)

2nd Alana Harrison, Coeur d’Alene Little Star* (564 points)

3rd Wanda Sorenson, Soda Springs High Country Deal* (552 points)

Honorable Mention Rex Adams, Melba A Big Snow Year * (549 points)


The Winners’ Circle Division is for the Adult Division’s first place winners in previous years.

1st Eric Wallace, Eagle Lanolin* (572 points)

2nd Place tie Bob Bailey, Brigham City, UT A Promise Made, A Promise Kept (556 points)

2nd Place tie Les Tanner, Caldwell The Big Game* (556 points)

Honorable Mention Les Tanner, Caldwell The Photograph* (555 points)


Because there are six judges and scores vary widely, each judge also selects a Judge’s Choice award for a favorite story. The award can be from any category.

The Photograph* Les Tanner, Caldwell

Lanolin* Eric Wallace, Eagle

A Big Snow Year* Rex Adams, Melba

Following Idaho* Rebecca Crouse, Rathdrum

Little Star* Alahna Harrison, Coeur d’Alene 

The Zucchini Bandits* Khaliela Wright, Viola


IDAHO magazine publisher Kitty Fleischman maintains that one of the few perks of her position is selecting her favorite story for the Publisher’s Choice award.

High Country Deal* Wanda Sorensen

“Thank you so much for your wonderful entries,” publisher Kitty Fleischman said. “Your great work makes it easy to find judges each year, some of whom practically beg to do the judging again. Congratulations to the winners and our thanks to all who entered. Keep writing.”

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