Quiddity, the international journal and public radio program enters into its eighth year with a couple notable changes. Managing Editor Jim Warner will be handing over the role to John McCarthy, and the partnership with Benedictine University at Springfield has come to close. Quiddity will continue with a new relationship with NPR member/PRI affiliate WUIS, Illinois Public Radio's hub-station. As Warner writes, "Sharing our contributors' work with the public-radio audience is a crucial element to our mission at Quiddity and we look forward to sharing more work with you."
FIRST PRIZE (shared)
Linda A. Cronin, Cedar Grove, NJ, "Because It's Mine"
Linda Hillringhouse, Englewood, NJ, "The Bristol Plaza Hotel, Wildwood"
SECOND PRIZE (shared)
Dante Di Stefano, Endwell, NY, "A Morning Prayer While Pumping Gas at the Gulf Gas Station"
Abby E. Murray, Endicott, NY, "A Poem for Ugly People"
THIRD PRIZE (shared)
Jason Allen, Binghamton, NY, "Pop"
Kenneth Ronkowitz, Cedar Grove, NJ, "That Summer Between"
A complete list with honorable mentions can be found here.
"The Long Study" by Alexei Perry Cox
"Last evening I stumbled" by Carla Barkman
"Apple to Apple" by Susan Hughson
"pass this note" by Domenico Capilongo
Pilgramage editors write, "The organization has a valuable mission and takes powerful photos that are haunting and tender. The photography intersects with the issue's words by encouraging us to look closer and take no detail for granted. It risks sentimentality and makes us look closer at an intimate moment for families. At the core of it, NILMDTS offers a uniquely valuable service to parents in need and navigates the tough terrain of grieving and celebrating life simultaneously. We encourage you to learn more and support NILMDTS at https://www.nowilaymedowntosleep.org."
James Wright Poetry Award
Oliver de la Paz, Judge
Winner: "Mapping the Tongue" by Geetha Iyer
Runner-Up: "Iki Dugno," by Keith Kopka
Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award
Alissa Nutting, Judge
Winner: "Postcard from a Funeral, Cumberland, Maryland, October 16, 1975" by Miles Harvey
Runner-Up: "The Turnip Girl," by Laura I. Miller
See the full list of finalists as well as judges' comments on the winning works here.
Fredric Price, founder and publisher of Fig Tree said, "We typically describe 'American' as dealing with the people or institutions of the United States; this does not mean that the protagonist must be a citizen or that the action must take place exclusively within our country. But the book needs to be grounded in American values, culture or history and American readers need to be able to identify with the characters and the story. For us, the 'Jewish experience' means engaging with what it means to be a Jewish American, or how one goes about his or her life practicing (or denying) his/her Judaism, or how one copes with Jewish identity, or deals with social/political/cultural issues associated with being Jewish or interactions between/among Jews and other groups."
Fig Tree accepts agented and unrepresented manuscripts and pay competitive advances and standard royalties. All of their books will be available in print and e-format, and promoted using a combination of traditional and social media approaches.
Shaun explains: "Writing Maps are created to suit writers of all genres and levels. Writing Maps are devised to inspire stories, spice up your writing routine, expand your work, develop work-in progress, and make sure you have writerly fun in ways that'll surprise you." There are currently 16 maps available with more planned, such as Writing School Map and Write Around the Garden.
In addition to the Writing Maps, Shaun is editor of The A3 Review, a publication folded in the same style as the maps, featuring poetry and prose with a 150 word limit. With room for a cover and back cover, 14 writer's works can be featured in each publication. The contributors come from a monthly writing contest in response to changing prompts. Current and upcoming prompts: Green Things; Journeys; Hands. Contest winners receive a cash prize, with two works selected each month for publication in The A3 Review.