Award-Winning Writer? That’s Me!

Yesterday, I had the honor of receiving the Charles Hauser Prize for Prose from the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends at the Chautauqua Institution for my short story, “Through the Storm.” It’s the tale of a young girl, her ailing brother, and one fateful stormy night.


Here’s what the judge for the contest had to say about it:

This piece pulled me right in with rich detail and a distinct voice from the opening sentence. I feel as if I’m right there in the scene with the characters. The author was able to compress a lot into just a couple of pages with lyrical, rhythmic description like this: “…listened to the rain come down on the roof and the yard and the busted car in the driveway, on the barn with the lonesome dog that wouldn’t let anyone pet her anymore, on the mailbox with the flag rusted up forever like we were putting out mail every day, sending letters to the whole world.”

I visited Chautauqua for the first time earlier this summer, and can’t wait to spend a week there next year. And yes, I’m definitely going to refer to myself as “award-winning fiction writer Bethany Snyder” from now on!

Geek Force Five 2015

IGFF2015t’s almost here – the 2015 issue of Geek Force Five, which features my short story, “Three Times Fast.” Preorders for the paper version are available starting today!

Check this out:

Haunted tunnels, epic ancestors, post-apocalyptic gunfights, and a catalog of human memories for sale – Geek Force Five: 2015 has all that, plus creatures that crawl in search of a very particular kind of blood.

This anthology of short fiction features new work by S.E. Clark, R.J. Wolfe, Josiah Spence, S. Myrston, and the best-selling Geek Force Five author of all time, Bethany Snyder.

If you guessed that I was over the moon to read that final sentence, you’d be right!

As with “The Stone Wife” issue from last fall, I get a percentage of every copy sold, so get to preorderin’, people! Click here.

Three Times Fast

On September 1st, my latest short fiction piece, “Three Times Fast,” will appear in Geek Force Five.

The story takes place in a fictionalized version of my college campus. I took this photo there last fall.

The story takes place in a fictionalized version of my college campus. I took this photo there last fall.

Here’s a sneak peek:

Caroline knows that the breathing she hears behind her, ragged and shallow, is just Max (a pack-a-day smoker), but she bites down on her lower lip to squelch a scream. Copper floods her mouth. It’s only five steps across the narrow room from the nightmare door to the green metal door that leads to the tunnels proper, but her feet sink in the wet cement of her terrified childhood, and each step takes approximately a year, one for each year the nightmare came.

Stay tuned for links to the print and electronic versions!


PY Writes


PY Writes is a community for writers in Penn Yan and the surrounding communities. If you’re in or near the 14527, join us! (And feel free to join us virtually, even if you’re not.)

Events include writing workshops, panels, lectures, writing nights, and more!


Finger Lakes Famous?

IMG_4973Check out this interview I did with The Finger Lakes Times. And if you can, pick up a copy and flip it below the fold to see my giant head (not because of the press, but because of the size of the photo!)

Here’s an excerpt:

Snyder said writing has been part of her life since she was 8. She credits one of her teachers at Penn Yan Elementary, Geraldine Turner, with encouraging her. “She was the first person who ever asked me to write a story, and I knew that was what I was meant to do,” she said.


My First Public Reading

Big news: On January 28th, I’ll be doing my first public reading of my fiction! Come to the Penn Yan Public Library at 6pm to hear me read “The Stone Wife.”


Here’s a blurb about the story from the publisher:

“The Stone Wife,” a short story by Bethany Snyder, tells the tale of a rainy day gone wrong. When nobody shows up for Danny’s little league practice, he follows a strange kid named Kevin into the creepy cemetery across the street in search of an adventure that Danny isn’t ready for, unaware of grave consequences he can’t imagine.”

Want to know more about the story? Check out this interview, and this review. See you there!