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We're delighted to announce that the winner of the 2011 Dan Hemingway Short Story Prize at the University of St Andrews is Alyssa Kilzer for her story The Deposition.

The Deposition presents a new take on the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy from the very personal perspective of his wife Jackie. The judges John Burnside, Robert Crawford, Meaghan Delahunt and Sue Hemingway were unanimous in their selection. Dealing with well documented facts, the story avoids the obvious drama of the situation and presents a simmering story that focuses on the personal trauma of a wife losing a husband.

Sue Hemingway called Alyssa Kilzer early on Christmas morning at her family home in Massachusetts to congratulate her. "The news has made me very happy. So much energy and emotion goes into writing and it means a lot for that to be recognised." Alyssa is a final year Art History student at St Andrews and plans to continue her creative writing after graduating in 2012.

To read The Deposition click here.

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