Potter Loses Percy Contest

In a stunning upset, “The Substitute,” a number 1 seed in The 2010 Walker Percy Fiction Contest, failed to advance beyond the semifinal round.


  1. Matthew Lickona says

    Where is this “Substitute” and how can I read it?

  2. Ditto.

  3. Ditto ditto.

    (Keep it handy, too – for G11!)


  4. Jonathan Potter says

    It was the first 15 pages of a would-be novel that was aborted. It has the stale reek of something a decade old and doesn’t really have enough narrative umph to be called a short story, so I wasn’t surprised that the Percy people gave it short shrift.

  5. Jonathan Webb says

    It was a long shot because of the lack of depth on the bench. The starting five were good, but the contenders were able to wear them down by running a full court press and using substitution.

  6. Churchill says

    We’d still like to read it. And how about the winners. Do any of them post here?

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