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Published September 13, 2016
boulevardBoulevard #94 features the winner for their 2015 Short Fiction Contest for Emerging Writers who has not yet published a book of fiction, poetry, or creative non-fiction with a nationally distributed press. Joshua Idaszak's "The Last Laz of Krypton" was awarded $1,500 and publication. Honorable Mention "Mrs. Lana Greer" by Chloe Packer is also included in this issue.
Published September 06, 2016
The Spring-Summer 2016 issue of The MacGuffin features the winners of the Detroit Working Writers MacGuffin Poetry Prize. This annual competition is open to DWW members as well as Michigan writers, from new to established. This year's first place winner is "The Mathematician's Daughter" by Alexander Payne Morgan,  and Diana Dinverno won both 2nd prize with "The World Spins" and 3rd prize with "Letting Go." Copies of this issue of The MacGuffin can be purchased on the NewPages Webstore.
Published August 31, 2016
The August 2016 issue of Sonic Boom includes the winners of their second annual senryu contest selected by Judge Terri L. French from 123 participants from 27 countries.

sonic boomFirst Place
Steve Hodge, USA

Second Place
Sidney Bending, Canada

Third Place
Chase Gagnon, USA

Honorable Mentions
Mohammad Azim Khan, Pakistan
Phyllis Lee, USA

All the winning entries as well as judge's comments can be read here.
Published August 19, 2016
mark brazaitisThe Meadow 2016 Novella Prize winner is "The Spider" by Mark Brazaitis [pictured] and can be read both in the print issue as well as online. Brazaitis is the author of six books, including The Incurables: Stories, which won the 2012 Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction and the 2013 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. His latest book, Truth Poker: Stories, won the 2014 Autumn House Press Fiction Competition. The Meadow is the annual literary and arts journal of Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada.
Published August 18, 2016
anne marie todkillThe Malahat Review #195 features Anne Marie Todkill's story "Next of Kin," winner of the 2016 Novella Prize. Todkill’s entry was chosen from 225 submissions by three final judges: Mark Anthony Jarman, Stephen Marche, and Joan Thomas. She has been awarded $1,500 in prize money and publication.

Of "Next of Kin," the judges said: "With its controlled reveal of complications, it has the drive of a mystery story—but the mystery under investigation is the intricacies of a family over time. Anne Marie Todkill is an accomplished writer, offering surprising and astute insights into the relationship between sisters. Her dialogue is sharp and she is especially incisive in writing about sex. Her narrator Marian speaks with a knowing voice, at odds with her 'small life'; the things she withholds come to the reader as a series of small explosions. Todkill imposes no pattern over events and offers her characters no epiphanies. Instead, incidents refract off each other and the story speaks powerfully through its silences. Like all good novellas, 'Next of Kin' offers both the concentrated pleasures of a short story and the scope of a novel."

Read an interview with the Anne Marie Todkill here.
Published August 16, 2016

willow springsThis year's winner of the Willow Springs Fiction is "Gorilla Love Story" by Chelsea Bryant. The award provides each entrant with a one-year subscription to the publication; the winner receives $2000 + publication in the annual June issue. Willow Springs offers some of their publication's content for online reading along with comments from the author about the work.

[Cover image by Marta Berens from Dream Chapter]

Published August 10, 2016
Big Muddy: A Journal of the MIssissippi River Valley volume 16.1 features winners of two of Southeast Missouri State University Press's annual contests:

2016 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Award
$500 + publication
"The Mockingbird" by John Blair, Texas

2016 Mighty River Short Story Award
$1000 + publication
"Teachers" by Elisabeth Doyle, Washington, DC
Published August 09, 2016

guide to the exhibit lisa allen oritzLisa Allen Oritz took home the Perugia Press Prize for a first or second book by a woman (now open for 2017 submissions) in 2016 with the poetry collection Guide to the Exhibit

“Inspired by the displays at a small natural history museum” Guide to the Exhibit is “about what we set aside to examine and remember,” using a quirky, scientific lens.

At the Perugia Press website, readers can find an excerpt from the collection, which will be released and September, as well as preorder copies.

Published August 03, 2016
dogwoodThe newest issue of Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose (Volume 15: 2016) contains nothing but the winners and runners up of their annual literary contest for 2016. Unique to this contest, once genre winners are selected for fiction, poetry, and non-fiction, one author is awarded the Grand Prize overall with $1000 award.

This year's Grand Prize winner was Anna Leahy’s essay “Sweet Dreams Are Made of This.”

A complete list of authors as well as judge's comments for each of the winners can be found here along with a link for information about the 2017 contest.
Published July 27, 2016
Issue 44 of Paterson Literary Review annual (2016-2017) features the winners and honorable mentions from their 2015 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards:

paterson literary review 44First Prize
Ann Clark, Dexter, NY, “Pretend” and Annie Lanzillotto, Yonkers, NY, “Diminished Capacity, an Indictment”

Second Prize
Lynne McEniry, Morristown, NJ, “Splinter”

Third Prize
Maxine Susman, Princeton, NJ, “Thirteen”

A full list of winners and honorable mentions as well as guidelines for this annual contest can be found here.
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