State Bar of Michigan cancels short story contest
The State Bar of Michigan has decided to discontinue its short story contest after an entry it later found to be "embedded with racist cues and symbolism" won an honorable mention award.
On Wednesday, the Bar issued an apology and withdrew the award for the story, "Post-Conviction Relief" by Kyle Bristow. State Bar President Thomas C. Rombach said in the statement that the judges considered the entry as "imaginative work of fiction, rather than a potential ideological manifesto."
Bristow is the author of the book "White Apocalypse" and former head of the Young Americans for Freedom at Michigan State University. He tells the Lansing State Journal (http://on.lsj.com/1hOv1Eo ) that his story is "simply about a criminal defense attorney who becomes fed up with the legal system."