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Published January 27, 2016
gabe herronGlimmer Train has just chosen the winning stories for their November Short Story Award for New Writers. This competition is held three times a year and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation greater than 5000. The next Short Story Award competition is open now: Short Story Award for New Writers. Glimmer Train’s monthly submission calendar may be viewed here.

1st place goes to Gabe Herron [pictured] of Scappoose, OR, who wins $1500 for “Suzette.” His story will be published in Issue 99 of Glimmer Train Stories.

2nd place goes to Sam Miller Khaikin of Brooklyn, NY. She wins $500 for “A Working Theory of Stellar Collapse.”

3rd place goes to Cady Vishniac of Columbus, OH. She wins $300 for “Move.”

A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Published January 26, 2016
shasta grantThe newest issue of Kenyon Review features the winners of their eighth annual Short Fiction Contest:

First Prize: Shasta Grant [pictured], “Most Likely To”
Runner-up: Rob Howell, “Mars or Elsewhere”
Runner-up: Courtney Sender, “Black Harness”

Judge Ann Patchett writes:
In “Most Likely To,” Shasta Grant delivers a full narrative arc in four pages. Her characters experienced loss and were changed by it, a pretty remarkable feat to pull off in such a small space. Perfectly chosen details made both the characters and the setting memorable. This was the story that stayed with me.
Robert Howell gives us a completely delightful flight of imagination in “Mars or Elsewhere”. In dealing with a lover’s fantasy of what could happen were the couple to run off together, he creates a wild and atmospheric riff on possibility that read like jazz.
Courtney Sender matches the light topic of youthful lost love with the extreme heft of the Holocaust in “Black Harness” and comes up with a miraculous balance between the personal and the universal. I never could have imagined where this story was going and I was pleased by the surprise.
The winner and runners-up can also be read online here.
Published January 22, 2016
baltimore review contest blog postBaltimore Review announces the winners of the Baltimore Review Winter 2016 Contest. The theme for this contest was "Health," and the final judge was Joanna Pearson, MD.

First Place
Heidi Czerwiec, “Nervous Systems”

Second Place
Christine Stewart-Nuñez, “Art of the Body”

Third Place
Raquel Fontanilla, “Souvenir from Where You’ve Been”

Work by the winners is included in the Winter 2016 issue, available at the Baltimore Review website, and submissions for the journal re-open February 1.
Published January 14, 2016
Winners and select finalists and runner-up of the Indiana Review Poetry and (inaugural) Nonfiction Prizes  are published in the most recent issue (Vol 37 No 2):

indiana reviewPoetry Judge Eduardo Corral

Caitlin Scarano, “Between the Bloodhounds and My Shrinking Mouth”

Runner Up
Jennifer Givhan, “Town of Foolish Things”

LA Johnson, “Split-Level”
Caitlin Scarano, “To the City With Her Skull Wind”

A complete list of finalists can be found here.

Nonfiction Judge Kiese Laymon

John Murillo III, “Black (in) Time”

A complete list of finalists can be found here.

[Cover art: "Desire Is the Root of All Suffering" by Deedee Cheriel]

Published January 13, 2016
last words of the holy ghost matt cashionIn November 2015, the winners of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction and the 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction were published.

Last Words of the Holy Ghost by Matt Cashion placed first in the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction through the University of North Texas Press. Chosen by Lee K. Abbott, the collection of 12 Southern Gothic short stories was released November 15. This is Cashion’s first short story collection.

Nate Liederbach’s short story collection Beasts You’ll Never See, winner of the 2014 Noemi Press Book Award for Fiction, “seeks to unearth the inevitable paradoxes of comedy and tragedy lurking under the skin of every human relationship, and it does so while also challenging its reader to question the emotional mechanisms that underpin conventional narratives.”

[Quote from SPD website.]

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.

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