Tricia Bauer, of West Redding, Connecticut, was awarded the first annual FC2 Catherine Doctorow Innovative Fiction Prize for her novel Father Flashes. The prize includes publication by FC2, an imprint of University of Alabama Press, and $15,000. Melanie Rae Thon received special mention for her manuscript The Voice of the River. The judge was Carole Maso.
Sara Greenslit, of Madison, Wisconsin, has won this year’s FC2 Ronald Sukenick/American Book Review Innovative Fiction Contest for her novel As If a Bird Flew by Me. The prize includes publication by FC2 and $1000. Kathleen M. McLaughlin, for her manuscript Burn, and Erin M. Kautza, for her manuscript Expiration Dates of Various Creatures, were both cited for special mention. The judge was Susan Steinberg.
Through these contests, Fiction Collective Two aims to publish and promote the work of writers of fiction deemed experimental, innovative, or too challenging for contemporary commercial presses.
Writers with at least three published books of fiction (story collections or novels or a combination) are eligible for the Doctorow Prize. The next judge will be Ben Marcus.
The Sukenick Prize is open to any writer of English who is a citizen of the United States and who has not previously published with Fiction Collective Two. Its next judge will be Kate Bernheimer.
The submission period for both contests is 15 August to 1 November. Visit the website, fc2.org, for further information and guidelines.
Winner: Barbara Maloutas for "Her Not Blessed"
Runner-Ups (in no particular order):
"The first day of spring" by Erin Hinkes
"28 DAYS / (from Temporality) by Stephen Radcliffe
"Not Blessed, A Collaboration" by Soham Patel, Deborah Marie Poe & Gene Tanta
Les Figures will be posting these stories (one story per day) on the Les Figues blog: GIVE A FIG. The stories will also be archived as PDF's on their website.
Second place: Sean Padraic McCarthy, of Mansfield, MA, wins $1000 for “The Piper.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories.
Third place: Nick Yribar, of Ann Arbor, MI, wins $600 for “The Getaway Driver.” His story will also be published in an upcoming issue of Glimmer Train Stories, increasing his prize to $700.
A PDF of the Top 25 winners can be found here.
Deadline soon approaching!
This competition is held quarterly and is open to all writers whose fiction has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation over 5000. No theme restrictions. Word count should not exceed 12,000. (All shorter lengths welcome.) Click here for complete guidelines.
Fiction judge: Aimee Bender
Fiction Winner: Marjorie Celona for the story “All Galaxies Moving”
Fiction finalists: Clifford Garstang, Jacob M. Appel, Lucy Ferriss, Nicolaus Aufdenkampe, Jamey Bradbury, Becky Margolis
Poetry judge: Larissa Szporluk
Poetry Winner: Juliet Patterson for the poem “Extinction Event”
Poetry finalists: Sam Witt, Andrew Demcak, Steven Kilpatrick, Paige Ackerson-Kiely, Sierra Nelson, Bianca Stone, Broc Rossell, Susan Sonde, Cecilia Woloch, Jay Peters, Patrick Haas
The deadline for the 2010 contest is December 1, 2010, with $2010 going to each winner and $500 to each of two honorable mentions.
Lorri Neilsen Glenn, “You think of Meister Eckhart”
Tricia Dower, “Halloween 1955”
Melissa Jacques, “Call and Response”
First Place: Marilyn Gear Pilling
Second Place: Barbara Parker
Third Place: David Willis
Honourable Mention: Katherine Fawcett
First Place: Rosemary Griebel
Second Place: Marilyn Gear Pilling
Third Place: George Amabile and Marjorie Bruhmuller
Honourable Mentions: Marilyn and Greg Simison
The 2010 Missouri Review Editor's Prize Contest is open for submissions until October 1, 2010.