Sarah M. tierney submitted to The Reedsy National Creative Writing Scholarship


For several years, eleven year old Dylan has been taking care of himself and his emotionally compromised mother Anna. In a home where Batman-story-time happens one night and alcohol-infused violence happens the next, Dylan does his best to conceal his mother’s irregularities from the outside world. When it becomes apparent to their extended family that Anna can no longer take care of herself—or her son—Dylan must go live with his aunt and uncle, far away from everything he knows. Isolated and confused, Dylan will attempt to make sense of what his mother is going through, all the while hoping that one day soon, he and Anna can return home and be together again.


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About Sarah

University of Chicago

Originally from Chicago, Sarah M. Tierney is currently an MFA candidate at Columbia University School of the Arts, where she studies Fiction Writing. Much of her work is influenced by her psychological research, as she is fascinated by social psychology and personality theory. Some of her favorite authors include Jennifer Egan, Chuck Palahniuk, and Zadie Smith.

Her entry, Emma, was selected as a finalist for the 2018 Fall Semester prize: