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Judged by Daniel Handler

Congratulations to Karen Harryman's story "The World Is Never So Kind" winner the first-ever Literary Death Match's 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket). Karen wins $1,000, and her story will appear on a bookmark distributed to all LDM events through 2016. The two runners-up: Carmiel Banasky and Tessa White who will each receive $100. All finalists will be invited to read at LDM events.

FINALISTS (in alphabetical order by last name): 

Rescue by Leslie Miller
by Carmiel Banasky
The Present
by Ruth Bennett
by Katie M. Flynn
The World is Never So Kind
by Karen Harryman
Company Woman
by Karen Harryman
New Guy
by John J. Asher
A Suggestion
by Jon Mozes
The Time Machine
by Pedro Ponce
Weapons of Mass Destruction
by Ethel Rohan
Song that I Heard
by Beth Spencer
Such a Laugh
by Jeff Thomas
No Names on a Boat
by Mary Wallace
Independence Day
by Tessa White
Mari Cruz
by Kim Winternheimer 

by FJ Bergmann
by Jody Brooks
by Kirker Butler
by Chris Daley
by Elizabeth Hyzy
Fairy Tales
by Jilanne Hoffmann
by Angela Jackson
The Jump Rope
by Lisa Korzeniowski
Finally, Something Interesting
by Julie Metz
The Manuscript, Found
by Michael Peck
Half a Foot Down
by Becky Roth
The Reluctant Carbon Felon’s Guide to Procuring Black Market PCA Cards
by Ashley Shelby
Los Feliz Ledg(Lurk)er
by Vin Siniscalchi
by Jeff Thomas
Just Throw Them on the Bed
by Gwen Thompson
by Julian Webster
by Mark Yakich

Prize: $1,000 for first place; $100 for the two runners-up
Winner Announced: July 21, 2016
July 25, 2016 (in time for LDM London, Ep. 59)

The Judge: Daniel Handler is a writer of books. He is a columnist for The Believer where his “What the Swedes Read,” about reading one book by each Nobel Laureate, appears in each issue. The final installment of Lemony Snicket’s All The Wrong Questions quartet of mysteries has just been published. Its sequel, "A Series of Unfortunate Events," is being developed by Netflix as an original series. His new novel is We Are Pirates, and it's possible that he could be coming to your town.