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Winners of Codex Story Contests

Codex holds several short story contests of various kinds each year. Here is a complete history of those contests, including winners and (where applicable) where the winning stories have subsequently sold. Also listed are non-placing stories that sold.

2016

Codexian Idol

  1. Two by Two, Into the Sea by Samantha Murray
  2. How to Breathe in Deep Water by Shannon Peavey
  3. The Only Human by Andrew Gray
  4. The Dead Gets on You by Jennifer Dornan-Fish
  5. The Fifth Unforgivable by Vajra Chandrasekera
  6. Prisoner's Game by Sylvia Volk
  7. Three Meetings of the Pregnant Man Support Group by James Beamon

Title Rummage Sale

  1. Foxglove and Lavender by Travis Burnham
  2. With Cardamom I'll Bind Their Lips by Beth Cato
  3. Properties of Obligate Pearls by L.S. Johnson
  4. The Stylized Unicorn Escapes Its Poster in a Seattle Teenager's Bedroom by Tom Carpenter
  5. Goodbye, Until We Die Again by T. Jane Berry
  6. I'm Sorry I Couldn't Make It True by Wendy Nikel

Weekend Warrior

  1. Caroline M. Yoachim
  2. John Murphy
  3. Rachael Jones
  4. Kelly Sandoval
  5. Anna Zumbro
  6. Laura Pearlman
  7. Samantha Murray
  8. Shannon Peavey
  9. Lauren M. Roy

2015

12th Annual Halloween Contest

  1. The Sweetness of Honey and Rot by Merc Rustad
  2. They're Smart, You Know by Kelly Sandoval
  3. House of Whacks by Sarah Pinsker
  4. The Haunting of Anita Reyesby Benjamin C Kinney Strange Horizons (as The First Confirmed Case of Non-Corporeal Recursion: Patient Anita R.)
  5. Smells Like Teen Spiritsby Olivia Fowler
  6. More Than Yarn, Dragon, Woman by Rebecca Roland
  7. Tantric Abbey by Laurence Brothers
  8. Spearfisher by Shannon Peavey
  9. Free-Birding into the Zombie Apocalypse by Jeff Stehman
  10. An Act of Consumption, In Two Parts by Michelle Muenzler
  11. Mr. Pony by Stephen S. Power

Title Rummage Sale Contest

  1. The Night Bazaar for Women Becoming Reptiles by Rachael Jones
  2. Diving for Pieces of Truth by Samantha Murray
  3. Eyes Can Hear, and Tongues Will See by KB Rylander
  4. What Slides Off Your Skin by Lynette Mejia
  5. Press Play to Watch It Die by Caroline M. Yoachim
  6. The Hula-Hoop Heart by Dan Stout
  7. Love Like Salt by L.S. Johnson On the Premises (as The Tale of King Edgar)
  8. Beat Softly, My Wings of Steel by Beth Cato PodCastle
  9. Some Things I Probably Should Have Mentioned Earlier by Laura Pearlman Mothership Zeta

Flash, Saviour of the Universe

  1. Sarah Pinsker
  2. Merc Rustad
  3. Samantha Murray
  4. KB Rylander
  5. Cislyn Smith
  6. Alexis A Hunter

Weekend Warrior

  1. Rachael Jones
  2. Kelly Sandoval
  3. JY Yang
  4. SB Divya
  5. Oliver Buckram
  6. Laura Pearlman
    • Baker's Dozen Daily Science Fiction (as A Dozen Frogs, a Bakery, and a Thing That Didn't Happen)
  7. Matt Mikalatos
  8. Brent Smith
  9. K.S. O'Neill

Codexian Idol

2014

Weekend Warrior

  1. Aiden Doyle
  2. Oliver Buckram
  3. Matt Mikalatos
  4. Sarah Pinsker
    • The Sewell Home for the Temporally Displaced Women Destroy Science Fiction
    • Songs in the Key of Highschool Asimov's (as Songs in the Key of You
    • The House in Love F&SF (as Today's Smarthouse in Love)
    • Notes to My Past And/Or Alternate Selves UFO 3
  5. Kelly Sandoval
  6. K.S. O'Neill
    • Upstream Daily Science Fiction

Flash Savior of the Universe

  1. Samantha Murray
    • the Summer My Wife Turned into a Boat Flash Fiction Online (as Portrait of My Wife as a Boat)
  2. Oliver Buckram
  3. Caroline M. Yoachim
  4. Sarah Pinsker
  5. Brent Smith
  6. Natalia Theodoridou
  7. Joy Kennedy O'Neill

Halloween Contest

  1. I Was Her Monster by Jessi Cole Jackson IGMS
  2. Sarah Pinsker
  3. S.B. Divya
  4. The Seven O'Clock Man by Kate Heartfield Clockwork Canada
  5. Nicole Feldringer
  6. Effie Seiberg

2013

Setting the Stage

  1. Beyond the Trenches We Lie by A.T. Greenblatt Escape Pod
  2. No Body by John Murphy
  3. An Eulogy for the Man Who Ransomed the Muse by Sarah Grey

Codexian Idol

  1. Two of a Kind by Shannon Peavey
  2. This Is The Way The Universe Ends: With A Bang. Oh, Definitely With A Bang by Brian Dolton
  3. Til the Singers Fade by Sarah Pinsker Lightspeed (as No Lonely Seafarer)
  4. The Species of Least Concern by Erica Satifka Intergalactic Medicine Show
  5. Crash by Eric James Stone What Fates Impose (as A Crash Course in Fate)

Weekend Warrior

  1. Oliver Buckram
    • Space Opera Fantasy & Science Fiction (as Un Opera nello Spazio (A Space Opera))
    • Half a Conversation, Overheard While Inside an Enormous Sentient Slug Fantasy & Science Fiction
    • The Black Waters of Lethe Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  2. Sarah Grey
    • Of Ash and Old Dreams Daily Science Fiction
    • The Social Phobic's Guide to Interior Design Flash Fiction Online
    • Southside Gods Intergalactic Medicine Show
  3. Sarah Pinsker
    • Join Our Team of Time Travel Professionals Daily Science Fiction
    • They Sent Runners Out Fireside
    • On the Hearth, by Heart Asimov's (as The Low Hum of Her)
  4. Alex Shvartsman
    • The Epistolary History Nature
    • True Love Daily Science Fiction
  5. Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
  6. Caroline M Yoachim

Halloween Contest

  1. The Jagged Gate by James Maxey
  2. Dogs from Other Places by Shannon Peavey
  3. Dance of the Eidolons Blade Walker by James Beamon

Historical Speculative Fiction Contest

  1. Dust Devils by Shannon Peavy
  2. Voi Che Sapete by Anatoly Belilovsky
  3. Agincourt by the Bay by Frank Dutkiewicz
  4. There Will Be One Vacant Chair by Sarah Pinsker Long Hidden

Novella Contest

  1. The Liar by John Murphy
  2. The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn by Usman Malik Tor.com
  3. The Law Encrypted On Their Hearts by J.S. Bangs

2012

Novella Contest

  1. The Museum of Error by Oliver Buckram Fantasy & Science Fiction
  2. Dear Hope by Vylar Kaftan
  3. A Song of the Younger World by Grayson Bray Morris

Halloween Competition

  1. By Moonlight by Steven R. Stewart
  2. Ghost Days by Ken Liu
  3. Time Out by Frank Dutkiewicz
  4. Dinner with the Captain by Oliver Buckram
  5. FRODO and the Witch Hut Hunt by Matt Mikalatos

Codexian Idol

  1. A Spirited Education by Tony Pi
  2. Waking, Weeping and Four Weathered Wings by Anaea Lay
  3. A Starscape Slightly Askew by Nancy Fulda The Gruff Variations: Writing for Charity Anthology, Vol. 1

Weekend Warrior

  1. Steven R. Stewart
    • The Cold Beyond the Pools Redstone Science Fiction
    • Metal and Flesh Daily Science Fiction
  2. Caroline M. Yoachim
    • After the Earthquake Daily Science Fiction
    • Blue Sand Daily Science Fiction
    • Harmonies of Time Daily Science Fiction
    • The Carnival Was Eaten, All Except the Clown Electric Velocipede
  3. Tina Connolly
  4. Amanda E. Forrest
  5. Helena Bell

2011

Novella Contest

  1. It, Claudius by John Murphy
  2. The Weight of the Sunrise by Vylar Kaftan
  3. Barry's Tale Buffalito Buffet

Halloween Competition

  1. Notes from a Dead Man's House on the Inevitable Heat Death of the Universe by Helena Leigh Bell
  2. Lion Dance by Vylar Kaftan Asimov's Science Fiction
  3. Roundabout by Nathaniel Lee

Setting the Stage

  1. The Aliens Made of Glass by Helena Bell
  2. And Nothing of Consequence was Lost by Sylvia Spruck Wrigley
  3. What Is a Warrior Without His Wounds? by Gray Rinehart Asimov's Science Fiction

Codexian Idol

  1. In the Fading Light of Sundown by Nancy Fulda Intergalactic Medicine Show
  2. The Shackles of Memory by Mike Wood
  3. When All is Said and Done by K. G. Jewell Intergalactic Medicine Show

Weekend Warrior

  1. Caroline M.Yoachim
  2. Eric James Stone
    • Nine Tenths of the Law Blood Lite 3: Aftertaste (Anthology)
    • Write What You Want Intergalactic Medicine Show
  3. Jeff Stehman
    • Calling the Train Intergalactic Medicine Show
    • Shadow's Echo Toasted Cake
    • A Young Heart in Spring, With Gravestones Azure Valley

2010

Halloween Competition

  1. The Child of Samhain by Randy Henderson Penumbra
  2. Lobstersaurus by Eric James Stone Analog Science Fiction & Fact
  3. Dark Swans by Terra LeMay Daily Science Fiction

Weekend Warrior

  1. Tina Connolly
    • Angel Plantation Daily Science Fiction
    • Inflection Daily Science Fiction
    • Recalculating Brain Harvest
  2. Alexander Lumans
  3. Helena Leigh Bell
    • Please Return My Brother Who Is in Your Custody Brain Harvest (as Please Return My Son Who Is in Your Custody)

Codexian Idol

  1. A Sweet Calling by Tony Pi Clarkesworld
  2. The Waverunner by Kat Otis
  3. Leaves Untrodden on a Timelike Path by Eric James Stone

2009

Setting the Stage

  1. Robot People and the Flight of the Albino Peacock by Helena Leigh Bell
  2. Lord of the Mountain by Lisa Poh
  3. A Brooch of Bone, a Hint of Teeth by Cat Rambo

Halloween Competition

  1. Return to Sender by James Maxey Intergalactic Medicine Show
  2. Stan Musial, Therapeutic Mathematics, and the Physics of Curve Balls by Gray Rinehart Analog Science Fiction & Fact as (Therapeutic Mathematics and the Physics of Curve Balls)
  3. Counterclockwise by Alethea Kontis Intergalactic Medicine Show
  4. Clockwork Fairies by Cat Rambo Tor.com

Codexian Idol

  1. Aim for the Stars by Tom Pendergrass Intergalactic Medicine Show
  2. Sneaking the Peach by Krista Hoeppner Leahy Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet
  3. This Changing Light by Brian Dolton

Mega Weekend Warrior

  1. The Girl Who Was Loved By The Sea by Spencer Ellsworth Toasted Cake
  2. Rites of Man: A Hundred Years for the Heart of Scorpio by Sara King
  3. Tattered Sky by Laurel Amberdine

Weekend Warrior

  1. Caroline M. Yoachim
    • The Safe Road Daily Science Fiction
  2. Tina Connolly
    • Golden Apples Scheherezade's Bequest
    • Hard Choices Brain Harvest
  3. Luc Reid

2008

Halloween Competition

  1. Where Their Worm Dieth Not by James Maxey Masked
  2. 3 Minutes, 42 Seconds With Annabel Lee by Scott Roberts Intergalactic Medicine Show (as "The End-of-the-World Pool")
  3. The Silent Familiar by Cat Rambo Eyes Like Sky and Coal and Moonlight

Codexian Idol

  1. Hey Tin Man by Krista Hoeppner-Leahy Shimmer
  2. Into the West by Eric James Stone Intergalactic Medicine Show
  3. Hong Kong Rendezvous by Tony Frazier

Weekend Warrior

  1. Luc Reid
  2. Gray Rinehart
  3. Danielle Friedman

2007

Setting the Stage Contest

  1. Mind-Diver by Vylar Kaftan Abyss & Apex
  2. Release by Rebecca Roland
  3. Brilliant Things Instead of Weeping by Laurel Amberdine

Codex Collaboration Contest

  1. Lights in the Orchard by Luc Reid and Maya Lassiter

Halloween Competition

  1. She Sleeps by Vylar Kaftan
  2. Diamond Tears from Emerald Eyes by Eric James Stone Intergalactic Medicine Show (as "Like Diamond Tears from Emerald Eyes")
  3. Right Before Your Very Eyes by Matt Rotundo Intergalactic Medicine Show

Codexian Idol

  1. Eater by James Maxey
  2. No Love for the Middleman by Tony Frazier Strange Horizons
  3. Visits of the Dead by Elise Catherine Tobler Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe

2006

Halloween Competition

  1. Silent as Dust by James Maxey Intergalactic Medicine Show
  2. Like Rain from Silver Skies by Nancy Fulda
  3. Something Wicked this Way Plumbs by Vylar Kaftan Shimmer

Codexian Idol

  1. A Shadow Cast by Angel's Wings by James Maxey Intergalactic Medicine Show (as "To Know All Things That Are In The Earth")
  2. A Lincoln in Time by Eric James Stone Digital Science Fiction
  3. The Dog Prince by Rachel Ann Dryden

2005

Halloween Competition

  1. The Scream by Nancy Fulda NewMyths
  2. The Echo of the Eye by James Maxey The Blotter
  3. Death Haiku Under a New Sun by Luc Reid

Fairy Tale Contest

  1. Bird Dropping and Sunday by Eric James Stone The Immersion Book of Science Fiction
  2. Urban Renewal by Tom Pendergass Shimmer
  3. Hound of Colony by Luc Reid
  4. Sunday by Alethea Kontis Realms of Fantasy

Get the Juices Flowing Contest

  1. By the Hands of Juan Peron by Eric James Stone Daily Science Fiction
  2. (tie) Crocodile Baby by Alethea Kontis Rebel Wings
  3. Bartalan's Choice by David Walton Futurismic
  4. She Talks to Angels by Matthew Champine

2004

Halloween Competition

  1. Dark-Foot Hugh by Luc Reid
  2. The Final Flight of the Blue Bee by James Maxey Asimov's Science Fiction
  3. Nobody Dogs the Monkey by Tom Pendergrass Aberrant Dreams