Stephen Cole wins Hickory Stump Short Story Competition

We are proud to present contest winner Stephen Cole’s “Sisters Through a Window,” a poignant and structured look at the lives of Russian Jewish immigrant family during the World War Two era.

We were struck by the structure and control Stephen used in his storytelling, the care with which he puts all his pieces in place to provide us with a good read.


Stephen Cole is an award winning, internationally produced, published, and recorded writer. His produced musicals include After the Fair, The Night of the Hunter, Dodsworth, Saturday Night at Grossingers, Casper-The Musical, Inventing Mary Martin, Piano Bar, The Road to Qatar!, Time after Time, Rock Odyssey, Merlin’s Apprentice, Aspire (the first American musical to be commissioned and performed in the Middle East), and others have been produced from New York City to London to Australia to Qatar.  Several are available on CD and have been published as well.

His awards include the prestigious Edward Kleban Award, five Dallas Theatre League Awards, an Outer Critic’s Circle nomination for Best Off Broadway Musical, an Honorable Mention for Best Lyrics from the NY Musical Theatre Festival and the Gilman-Gonzalez Falla Commendation for his work in Musical Theatre.  His books include a biography of Noel Coward and That Book About That Girl (recently republished digitally), an official companion to the famous Marlo Thomas TV series and the critically acclaimed Marni Nixon’s memoir I Could Have Sung All Night (soon to be a major motion picture).

Stephen has written material for such stars as Christine Baranski, Marlo Thomas, JoAnne Worley, Christine Ebersole, Chita Rivera, Hal Linden, Gavin MacLeod, Dorothy Loudon, Liz Smith, Mike Wallace and many others.  As a producer/director he has put together an all star tribute to Kander and Ebb for the Morgan Library starring Liza Minnelli, Barbara Cook and David Hyde Pierce, and a series of CD’s culled from his private collection entitled Mermania. Current projects include Goin’ Hollywood, Merman’s Apprentice The Black and White Ball for the theater and a novel in progress about Ethel Merman and Mary Martin and their fabulous rivalry and secret friendship entitled Sacred Monsters. Visit Stephen at https://www.stephencolewriter.org/

Read “Sisters Through a Window.”

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