From Our Staff | September 23, 2008

Our 1996 contest winner, “You Think I Care,” by Deborah Way, is especially exciting because, like our 1994 winner, it was the author’s first publication.  Annie, a 15 year old girl walks down a quiet country road on her way to her boyfriend’s house to “do it” for the first time.  A stranger in a car offers her a ride and she accepts despite her awareness of the dangers.  The bulk of the story occurs as these two traverse a relatively short distance, and the threat the stranger poses is real.  While Annie is caught between what might happen and what does, she wrestles with the contradictory messages she has received about sex: that she has power over men, and that men will hurt her for that power.    Read more at