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Our "hair" short story contest generated a considerable amount of interest. Over the course of four months, Bold Type received upward of 500 stories about hair in all its varieties-beauty parlor intrigue, Kafka-esque horrific hair growth, items woven from human hair, and plenty of stories involving ritualistic head-shaving. By the end of the contest, we were all making appointments with our stylists.

Your stories took very different approaches to impressing us; some made us laugh, some made us think, some made us sad, and some even made us a little sick-we never want to visit the planet made entirely of, um, hair from a place other than the head, OK? Through all of you who entered the contest, we met characters involved in revenge fantasies, child-like escapades, mid-life crises, and acting careers of little success.

It's encouraging to see that so many of you are interested in creating your own fiction. We were very impressed with your efforts. And while we enjoyed reading everything that was submitted, two stories stood out from all of the others. And we could not decide between them. So without further ado, we present the first-place tie winners of Bold Type's third annual Short Story Contest:

"Ben" by Danielle LaVaque-Manty

and

"Make Way for the Gray" by Christy Zempter

 
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