COLCHESTER — Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine have announced that S.J. Cahill is the winner of the 2019 Vermont Writers’ Prize.

Cahill is this year's winner for his short story, “Family Ground,” which explores the moral dilemma of the Vietnam War and its impact on a Vermont community. The Vermont Writers’ Prize is awarded annually by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Magazine, and “Family Ground” is published in the March/April issue of Vermont Magazine. 

S.J. Cahill was a Vermont Writers’ Prize finalist in 2014. Now, the East Burke resident will receive a $1,500 prize for this short story, which was fueled by his own life experiences. 

In addition to the winning story, three of the finalists, “The Hot Spot,” a short story by Peter Cammann, of Shelburne, “Lunar,” a poem by Lisa Buckton, of South Burlington, and the poem “Poulin’s Cows,” by Carol Henrikson, of Washington, will also be featured in this issue of Vermont Magazine.

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