The Bearberry Elegies
By Nick Ripatrazone
In September, NICK RIPATRAZONE ’03 was named first runner-up in Esquire’s prestigious fiction competition. His short story “Never, Ever Bring This Up Again” competed against more than 3,000 entries, many of which were written by well-established professionals. His story was published on Esquire’s Web site in October, and his work will be archived with that of other writers Esquire has published, including Don DeLillo, Stephen King and George Saunders.
“The Bearberry Elegies”, reprinted here, earned Ripatrazone third prize in The Kenyon Review’s inaugural short-fiction contest last year. The story first appeared in the journal’s 70th anniversary issue, published in December 2008. Ripatrazone is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree from Rutgers University, where he previously earned a master’s degree in English literature.
Web Extra: Read Ripatrazone's first runner-up story that was pubished on Esquire's Web site.