The top prize in the 4th Annual Bruce E. Mitchell Short Story Awards to a junior at Evanston Township High School went to Claire Greising for her story, Max and Zoe, about a teenage couple that enjoyed hanging out in graveyards.
The award, a check for $600, was funded by a men’s short-story discussion club that includes Mitchell, a popular English teacher who retired several years ago after 32 years on the ETHS faculty. It was awarded at the school’s annual Pen & Press Tea Monday afternoon.
Two runners-up, who each received a $200 stipend, were Anwan Williams, for Smile, and Nora Foutty, for Sellout.
The fund established by the club members is a donor-designated fund of the Evanston Community Foundation.
Photo: Greising and Mitchell, following the ceremony at ETHS.