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We're delighted to announce that the winner of the 2013 Dan Hemingway Short Story Prize at the University of St Andrews is Marissa Visci for her story 'The Stray'.

'The Stray' is set in a Scottish town and skilfully weaves together the lives of two characters in the sorry tale of a botched mugging in a back alley. The judges Don Paterson, Ruth Thomas, Oliver Emanuel and Sue Hemingway were unanimous in selecting 'The Stray' from a very strong field of 33 entries for the prize.

Marissa Visci is a second year student at St Andrews studying English. Her family home is in New Jersey, USA, where Sue called her on Christmas morning to give her the news. It was a surprise for Marissa, and an even bigger one for her family who didn't know she'd entered the competition. Many congratulations to Marissa.

Click here to read the winning story 'The Stray' by Marissa Visci
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