KEY WEST - A Scottish woman has won the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, the literary highlight of Key West's annual salute to author Ernest Hemingway, who lived on the island in the 1930s.
Carol Farrelly of Edinburgh earned $1,500 for "Telephone Man," announced Friday night as the best among 1,197 U.S. and international submissions.
Lorian Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, said Farrelly's story impressed judges for its subtlety and nuance. It recounts a boy's futile fantasies about a superhero saving his disintegrating family.
Hemingway Days also includes a marlin tournament and a spoof of Spain's "Running of the Bulls" featuring life-size fake bulls. The Hemingway Look-Alike Contest has attracted 126 entrants who are competing at Sloppy Joe's Bar. The finals are Saturday evening.
The festival ends Sunday, the 114th anniversary of the author's birth.