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KEY WEST, FLA. — A North Carolina bartender has won a writing contest that is the literary highlight of Key West's annual salute to Ernest Hemingway.
Gregg Cusick of Durham earned $1,000 in the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition for "Gutted," chosen from 1,653 submissions by American and international writers.
|John Stubbings, left, is congratulated|
for winning the Hemingway
Look-Alike Contest in Key West, Fla.
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Cusick's story recounts the dire consequences of its lead character's greed and self-absorption. Lorian Hemingway, Ernest Hemingway's granddaughter, says it impressed judges for its solid mastery and exquisite rendering.
The Hemingway Days festival honors Hemingway's literary legacy and vigorous lifestyle when he lived in Key West in the 1930s.
Saturday events include a wacky Running of the Bulls spoof and the final round of a Hemingway Look-Alike Contest that has attracted 124 stocky, white-bearded contestants.
On his eighth try, a North Carolina real estate broker, John Stubbings — with a silver-white beard and khaki fisherman's vest — won the annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest. More from USA Today.