KEY WEST, Florida – A California community college professor has won the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, the literary highlight of Key West's annual festival celebrating author Ernest Hemingway.
A story titled "Between My Ribs," written by Riba Taylor of Palm Springs, was announced Friday night as the best of 857 American and international entries.
Lorian Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, said Taylor displayed profound empathy in her story about a woman who lost her lover, a life reclaimed and the power of memory.
The six-day Hemingway Days festival includes Saturday's whimsical Running of the Bulls and the finals of the "Papa" Hemingway Look-Alike Contest at Sloppy Joe's Bar.
Among the look-alike contest's 122 contestants is Michael Groover, husband of celebrity cook Paula Deen, who is in Key West with her spouse.