Tag: Ryan McIlvain


By Ryan McIlvain Ryan McIlvain is the author of Elders (2013) and The Radicals (2018). A former Stegner Fellow in Fiction at Stanford, McIlvain has taught writing and literature at Rutgers, Stanford, and USC.       Dad came home that afternoon from a last-minute grocery run, honking the horn from the driveway. I’d just …

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2017 Sunstone Fiction Contest Winners

Every year, Sunstone sponsors a fiction contest funded by the generosity of an anonymous donor. Today, we’re pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Sunstone Fiction Contest. 1st Place: “Tower,” by Ryan McIlvain. On the heels of his father’s suicide, an aspiring writer reinterprets a fateful home teaching visit. 2nd Place: “Jesus Christ (Almost) …

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By Ryan McIlvain Art by Chad Danger Lindsay My first missionary companion was named Willer, a squat, wide-faced Brazilian from the south of the country. One morning he spread the map of our area on the apartment floor, swept his hand across the populous heart, and said, “I’ve tracted all this with other companions. Pretty …

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