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Published January 11, 2016
able museThe winter 2015 issue of Able Muse A Review of Poetry, Prose & Art features the winners of their annual Write Prize for Fiction and Poetry. The Fiction Winner as selected by Final Judge Eugenia Kim is Andrea Witzke Slot's "After Reading the News Story of a Woman Who Attempted to Carry Her Dead Baby onto an Airplane." The Poetry Winner as selected by H.L. Hix is Elise Hempel's "Cathedral Peppersauce." Two Poetry Honorable Mentions were also included in the publication, "Jockey" by Elise Hempel and "On Watching a Cascade Commercial" by Jeanne Wagner.

A full list of honorable mentions and finalists as well as information about this annual prize can be found here.

[And that gorgeous cover image is "Audience" by Patrick McDonald.]

Published January 07, 2016
ninth letterThe Ninth Letter 2015 Literary Award Winners are available for reading in the newest issue (Vol 12 No 2).

Poetry Winner
Judge: Kathy Fagan
Corey Van Landingham, "In the Year of No Sleep"

Fiction Winner
Judge: Jac Jemc
Kristen N. Arnett, "See also: A history of glassmaking"

Creative Nonfiction Winner
Judge: Matthew Gavin Frank
Michael Gracey, "My Own Good Daemon"

A full list of runners up and information about this annual contest can be found here.
Published January 05, 2016
Salamander #41 features the winner of their 2015 Fiction Prize, "Floating Garden" by Mary LaChapelle, as well as the 2015 Honorable Mention, "The Hooligan Present" by John Mauk. Judge Andre Dubus III offered these comments on his selections:
Lachapelle MWith spare yet deeply evocative prose, "Floating Garden" sweeps us up into the span of a singular life, one that is as sacred as any other, one for whom "the words for things take us from what matters." This story is a profound meditation on the nature of brutality - of man against man, of man against nature - yet it is also an unsentimental song of how we can be redeemed, "like dust into soil, so dark, so primordial." This is a lovely gem of a tale.
mauk johnTold in a rollicking, expressionistic voice, "The Hooligan Present" delivers that rarest of reading experiences; it actually makes you laugh, and then it makes you cry, and then it leaves you grateful for such artistry, for such a generous and humane vision of this dirty old world.
For a full list of finalists and more information about this annual contest, click here.

Published December 30, 2015
revolution will have its sky maria garcia teutschWinner of Minerva Rising’s second annual Poetry Chapbook Contest with the theme “Dare to be the Woman I Am,” Maria Garcia Teutsch’s The Revolution Will Have Its Sky is now available for purchase.

Judge Heather McHugh says of her selection:
This poetry isn't out to convert, but to advert. It doesn’t pledge allegiance or invest in transcendent causes, but rather observes signs of war, wars of sex, hexes of communication. [ . . . ] The Revolution Will Have Its Sky reminds us enlistees (whether in grays or blues, whether in wishes or words, whether in war or love) how down-and-dirty signing up can be.
Both Teutsch’s The Revolution Will Have Its Sky and runner-up Who Was I to Say I Was Alive by Kelly Nelson are both available from the Minerva Rising website.
Published December 28, 2015
Glimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their Very Short Fiction Award. This competition is held twice a year and is open to all writers for stories with a word count under 3000. The next Very Short Fiction competition will take place in March. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

DeCasperFirst place: Anthony DeCasper [pictured], of Chico, CA, wins $1500 for “Redshift.” His story will be published in Issue 99 of Glimmer Train Stories. This is his first story accepted for publication!

Second place: Stefanie Freele, of Geyserville, FL, wins $500 for “Everything But What We Need.” Her story will also appear in an upcoming issue, increasing her prize to $700.

Third place: Parker Young, of Chicago, IL, wins $300 for “Lighter Fluid.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.

Deadline coming up! Fiction Open: January 2
Glimmer Train hosts this competition twice a year, and first place is $2500 plus publication in the journal. This category has been won by both beginning and veteran writers - all are welcome! There are no theme restrictions. Word count generally ranges from 2000 – 6000, though up to 20,000 is fine. Click here for complete guidelines.
Published December 21, 2015
The Florida Review 2014 Editors' Awards winners and finalists appear in the newest double issue of TFR (39.1 & 2) Winners receive $1,000 in addition to publication.

Winner: Scott Winokur, "Bristol, Boy"
Finalist: Mary Hutchings, "When Walls Weep"
Finalist: Lones Seiber for "Death in the Aegean"

Winner: Allie Rowbottom, "Resonance," "Burnt," and "Albino Dolphins"
Finalist: Thomas Gibbs, "Beseme Mucho"
Finalist: Stacey Parker Le Melle, "Tonight We Are the Americans"

Winner: Mary Obropta, "Resonance," "Burnt," and "Albino Dolphins"
Finalist: Benjamin Busch, "Sound Wave"
Finalist: Emma Hine, "Big Game"
Finalist: Michael Collins, "Nightmare of Intercourse with Lightning"
Finalist: Angela Belcaster, "Calving in the Ice Storm" and "Lying Low so the Gods Won’t Notice"
Published December 15, 2015
objects of attention aichlee buschnellThe 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Poetry winner is Objects of Attention by Aichlee Bushnell and was published in Fall 2015.
“In 1787, Sally Hemings joined her brother James as a paid servant to Thomas Jefferson in Paris, France. In 1789, she returned to Monticello pregnant, a slave again, at her own will. Objects of Attention explores the intimate boundaries between slave and slaveowner, celebrating the rich interior life and intellect of the enslaved woman while examining the contradictory laws and classic philosophies that supported her captivity.”
Bushnell’s first book, Objects of Attention is out now and available on the Noemi Press website with more information

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Published December 15, 2015
tiana clark2015 Rattle Poetry Prize Winner and Finalists appear in the newest issue or Rattle (#50). Rattle received a record 4,022 entries and roughly 15,000 poems from which the following were chosen.

1st Prize – $10,000 and publication
“Equilibrium” by Tiana Clark [photo by Andrea Yelk]

Finalists – $200 and publication
“Our Beautiful Life When It’s Filled With Shrieks” by Christopher Citro
“Work in Progress” by Rhina P. Espaillat
“The Glance” by Jennifer Givhan
“Morning at the Welfare Office” by Valentina Gnup
“Old Age Requires the Greatest Courage” by Red Hawk
“More Than This” by David Kirby
“Yesterday” by Travis Mossotti
“Sugar Babe” by Cherise A. Pollard
“Deus ex Machina” by Melissa King Rogers
“Elegy” by Patricia Smith

Each of these finalists are also eligible for the $2,000 Readers’ Choice Award, to be selected by entrant and subscriber vote (the voting period is December 1, 2015 – February 15, 2016).

Another nine poems were selected for standard publication, and offered a space in the open section of a future issue: George Bilgere, Christopher Citro, Taylor Collier, Jennifer Givhan, Chris Green, M, S.H. Lohmann, Christine Poreba, and Laura Read.
Published December 11, 2015
genome rhapsodies anna george meekAnna George Meek’s The Genome Rhapsodies was chosen by Angie Estes last year as the winner of The Ashland Poetry Series’ 2014 Snyder Memorial Prize. The award is given annually, with a prize of $1000, publication, and a featured reading at Ashland University (and submissions are currently open until April).

Angie Estes says of her selection: “These poems re-member us in language and reveal how the past becomes us, in every sense of the word; they are gorgeous, unforgettable works of art.”

To read these works of art, check out The Ashland Poetry Series’ website for three ways to pick up a copy.
Published December 09, 2015
gulf coastThe 2015 Gulf Coast Prize Winners have been selected, with the winning works published in the Fall 2015 issue of Gulf Coast.

Poetry winner selected by Carl Phillips
Emily Skaja, "My History As"

Nonfiction winner selected by Maggie Nelson
Aurvi Sharma, "Apricots"

Fiction winner selected by Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum
Sultana Banulescu, "The Last Dragoman"

Winners in each genre receive $1,500 and publication and honorable mentions receive $250. All entrants receive a free one-year subscription to Gulf Coast, beginning with the issue in which the winners are published. See the full list of winners and honorable mentions here.

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