July 8, 2013
Stephen Coyne, professor of English at Morningside College, recently won the New Millennium Prize for Fiction for his short story “Ice Boy.”
The story will be published in the 2014 issue of New Millennium Writings, which will come out in February. It also will be available online soon at www.newmillenniumwritings.com.
Coyne won $1,000 in the competition. He was the only winner in the fiction category, having beaten hundreds of other fiction writers.
“Ice Boy” is a gritty tale of a washed-up crabber hiding from life, and a woman just trying to find a way to fly, if only for a moment. Author David Madden chose this story and had these words of praise: "I look for characters, their relationships, conflicts, internal or external or both, as expressed in style and through the chosen point of view, all controlled artfully by an overall conception. ‘Ice Boy’ fulfilled all those criteria."
Coyne has had many poems and short stories published throughout his career, appearing in journals such as The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, The New England Review, and Prairie Schooner. He has received awards for his writing from a number of publications.
Coyne joined the faculty at Morningside in 1988. He teaches American literature and creative writing and serves as faculty advisor to Kiosk, the college’s literary magazine.