Award-Winning Stories

Two years in a row, I was nominated for a Hippo Award in the Best Overall category, and two years in a row I lost.  I consider this to be one of the greatest failures of my life.” – Justin Catanoso, Author of My Cousin the Saint

Every year, we celebrate the best of The Monti by holding the Hippo Awards.  The event is held every February after The Monti’s Board of Directors pores over the entire catalog of stories told at The Monti from January to December of the previous calendar year.  Stories are nominated in three categories: Comedy, Drama, and Overall.  Once the nominations are set, it’s The Monti’s fan base that determines the winners by listening to the stories online and voting via Ballots.

From left: Evelyn RoHo (Drama); Eryk Pruitt (Comedy); and Hannah Strom (Overall)

Comedy

  • 2008: Melissa Delbridge, Desperately Seeking Step-Ins
  • 2009: Fabienne Worth, The Barrel and the Bidet
  • 2010: Montek Singh, Mr. Singh Goes to Spring Break
  • 2011: Drew Perry, The Hum
  • 2012: Daniel Wallace, Letters to Mom
  • 2013: Sarah Ford
  • 2014: Drew Perry
  • 2015: Andrew Aghapour
  • 2016: Sheila Simpson
  • 2017: Eryk Pruitt

Drama

  • 2008: Andrea Selch, Replacement Child
  • 2009: Dave VanHook, Beat It!
  • 2010: Greg Taylor, Stop Light
  • 2011: Cathy Maready, In the Arms of Orion
  • 2012: Julie MacDonald, Finding God
  • 2013: Page Crawford
  • 2014: Ray Christian
  • 2015: Darius Williams
  • 2016: Erin Duffy
  • 2017: Evelyn RoHo

Overall

  • 2008: Tanya Olson, Lemon Pig
  • 2009: Lori Hensley, All You Need Is Lust
  • 2010: Tiffany Lopez, Cancelling Christmas
  • 2011: Jon Mozes, Nothing
  • 2012: Carter Kersh, Beer Tab Curtains
  • 2013: Aaron Nelson
  • 2014: Sarah Ford
  • 2015: Mandy Hitchcock / Montek Singh
  • 2016: Steve Daugherty
  • 2017: Hannah Strom

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 GrandSLAMpions:

  • 2010: Diane Bryson
  • 2011: Billy Sugarfix
  • 2012: Graig Meyer
  • 2013: Clare Fieseler
  • 2014: David Freifeld
  • 2015: Brian Murray
  • 2016: Blakely Lord