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We asked, and you delivered. Over the course of four months, Bold Type received upward of 500 stories about bicycles in all their manifestations--bicycles as relics of lost childhood, as mementos of departed loved ones, as metaphors for freedom, and as, quite simply, "A vehicle with two wheels in tandem, pedals connected to the rear wheel by a chain, handlebars for steering, and a saddlelike seat."*

Your stories touched us in different ways; some made us laugh, some made us think, some made us sad, and some even made us a little sick--who knew bestiality and bicycles held so many parallels? We met characters from all walks of life, from Hermundo, the delivery man to Bev, the small-town cook who specializes in apple pies; Catherine, the impetuous little girl looking to make friends to Vicki, the disenchanted trailer park wife from Alabama.

All in all this was an impressive and widespread effort. And while we greatly enjoyed reading your literary offerings, we knew the time would come to make a decision. So without further ado, we present the winner and runners-up of Bold Type's second annual Short Story Contest:

Second runner-up is Brian Murray for his story "What Did She Know of Love".

First runner-up is Tracy Glisson for her story "The Things We Too Late See".

Finally... First prize goes to Pamela C. Ullman for her story "Close Calls".

Congratulations to all of our winners and to everyone who participated in this contest. Your contributions were invaluable.
 
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  * from Random House Webster's College Dictionary

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