Borok Wins Fiction Contest

By on Mar 1, 2010 in Arts Bulletin

Frequent Wild Violet contributor Dean Borok has won the New York Magazine political fiction writing contest, winning a weekend for two at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Dean Borok’s story appears on the magazine’s site.

Here’s what the magazine said about the contest winners in a December 13, 2009 article:

Three weeks ago, we tasked seven writers—Mary Gaitskill, Adam Haslett, and Walter Kirn among them—with inventing scenes from the private lives of figures from the world of politics, from the commander-in-chief himself to Ashley Dupré (“The Political Fictions Project,” November 30). We also asked readers to submit their own short stories starring politicians heroic or pathetic or both. (First prize was a weekend at the Mayflower Hotel, a place Eliot Spitzer is unlikely ever to set foot in again.) The entries were even more eclectic and fantastical than we’d anticipated. Almost all strived for humor, and a large number mixed genres with impressive abandon. In one story, Hillary Clinton, now a grandmotherly president, goes after a band of apocalyptic serial killers. In another, Alec Baldwin becomes mayor of New York. We had CIA operatives enlisting Bernie Madoff, and Bob Woodward revealing Obama’s secret plant hatred. Sarah Palin made many appearances, including one as a vampire determined to drill, baby, drill into Katie Couric’s jugular. But our winner (drumroll, please) is Dean Borok, whose “A Wall Street Christmas Carol!” stars “Tiny Tim Geithner” in what struck us as an appropriate little tale for this holiday. Second place goes to M. W. Donahue’s ““Rear Sunroom,” where Bill Clinton and his handlers toss tennis balls into the backyards of attractive neighbors. And the bronze goes to Matt Sullivan for “Dan Quayle Prepares His Comeback.” (It’s fiction. We promise.) You can read the five other finalists below.

Read more: The Winning Entries – The Political Fictions Contest — New York Magazine


Alyce Wilson is the editor of Wild Violet and in her copious spare time writes humor, non-fiction, fiction and poetry, keeps an online journal, and is working on a book, Belated Mommy: How to Cope With Being an Older Mom. Her first chapbook, Picturebook of the Martyrs; her e-book/pamphlet, Stay Out of the Bin! An Editor's Tips on Getting Published in Lit Mags (which she plans to update this year); her book of essays and columns, The Art of Life; and her humorous nonfiction ebook, Dedicated Idiocy: How Monty Python Fandom Changed My Life, can all be ordered from her Web site, She lives with her husband and son in the Philadelphia area and takes far too many photos of her handsome, creative second grader, nicknamed Kung Fu Panda.