prize winners

WRITTEN. REFINED. RELEASED.

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Poem Prizes
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Story Prizes
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Essay Prizes
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• Total Awards •
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"APPLES"
In Memoriam > Story Prize
Laura Maynard of Enniskillen, Ontario
Laura Maynard is a Writer’s Craft teacher, living with her husband and son in the beautiful village of Enniskillen, Ontario. She feels lucky to be able to inspire a passion for writing in young people. Laura has published four short stories and is currently working on her first novel.
#1
"APPLES"
In Memoriam > Story Prize
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"TAKING OUR TIME"
In Memoriam > Essay Prize
Jonathan Segol of Troy, New York
Jonathan Segol’s first writing was as a songwriter in New York and as a journalist for Street News. He now teaches writing at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, NY and has just finished a coming-of-age novel about chop shops, Coney Island, graffiti, and Y2K.
#2
"TAKING OUR TIME"
In Memoriam > Essay Prize
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"ICE LESSONS"
In Memoriam > Essay Prize
M.K. Sturdevant of Chicago, Illinois
M.K. Sturdevant’s work has appeared in Orion, Flyway, Slag Glass City, and The Trumpeter. She was listed in the Top 25 Emerging Writers by Glimmer Train Press, Jan/Feb 2017. She lives and works in the Chicago area.
#3
"ICE LESSONS"
In Memoriam > Essay Prize
"FROM THE GARDEN"
Parenthood/Childhood > Essay Prize
Michele Flynn
Michele Flynn
#4
"FROM THE GARDEN"
Parenthood/Childhood > Essay Prize
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"FOLIE Á DEUX"
Parenthood/Childhood > Essay Prize
Laura Rose of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Laura Rose, an advertising copywriter and manager, lives in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, with her husband and daughter. Her nonfiction has appeared in Narrative, Memoir Journal, and Bucks County Writer.
#5
"FOLIE Á DEUX"
Parenthood/Childhood > Essay Prize
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"PERFECTION"
Parenthood/Childhood > Essay Prize
Molly Seale of Makanda, Illinois
Molly Seale has most recently published essays in Hippocampus Magazine and Hotel Amerika as well as ON YOUR OWN, an anthology of poems and essays about widowhood. She holds an MFA in Theatre from the University of Texas and was a Fulbright-Hays grant recipient in the Performing Arts to the former Soviet Union. Her essay, “Illness,” was included in Robert Atwan’s Notable Essays and Literary Nonfiction of 2014. She lives in Makanda, Illinois.
#6
"PERFECTION"
Parenthood/Childhood > Essay Prize
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"THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY"
Friendship > Essay Prize
Adrienne Garrison of Bloomington, Indiana
Adrienne Garrison is a writer, mother, and educator living in Bloomington, Indiana with her daughter and husband. She is currently working on her first novel and completing her MFA in Creative Writing with Pacific University in Oregon.
#7
"THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY"
Friendship > Essay Prize
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"JORDAN & KARYN"
Friendship > Story Prize
Jude Brewer of Portland, Oregon
Jude Brewer’s writing has appeared in New Millennium Writings, Fredericksburg Literary Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Scintilla Press, and Cultured Vultures. His nonfiction short, 2012, 2016, 2017 was a finalist in the 2017 Montana Book Festival. He also hosts the literary “radio theatre” podcast Storytellers Telling Stories. New episodes available Tuesdays.
#8
"JORDAN & KARYN"
Friendship > Story Prize
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"ICARUS"
Friendship > Story Prize
Annie Dawid of Monument, Colorado
Annie Dawid’s three books of fiction are: York Ferry, A Novel (1993 Cane Hill Press); Lily in the Desert: Stories (2001: Carnegie-Mellon University Press Series in Short Fiction) and And Darkness Was Under His Feet: Stories of a Family (1998 Litchfield Review Press). Poetry: Anatomie of The World (2017)
#9
"ICARUS"
Friendship > Story Prize
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"THE WOLF IN ME"
Fear > Poem Prize
Ginny Lowe Connors of West Hartford, Connecticut
Ginny Lowe Connors is the author of several poetry collections, including Toward the Hanging Tree: Poems of Salem Village. Connors has also edited poetry anthologies, including the recently published Forgotten Women: A Tribute in Poetry. The editor of Connecticut River Review, she also runs a small poetry press, Grayson Books.
#10
"THE WOLF IN ME"
Fear > Poem Prize
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"PRESIDENT MARILYN MONROE DEVOURS HER YOUNG"
Fear > Story Prize
Joanna Koch of Berkley, Michigan
Joanna Koch’s short fiction has been published in journals such as Dark Fuse, Hello Horror, and the anthology Game Fiction, Volume One. This story’s companion piece appears in the anthology “Trump: Utopia/Dystopia.”

An MA Contemplative Psychotherapy graduate of Naropa University, Joanna works near Detroit as an advocate for women’s rights.
#11
"PRESIDENT MARILYN MONROE DEVOURS HER YOUNG"
Fear > Story Prize
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"TREATS"
Fear > Story Prize
Brian Feehan of Wilton, Connecticut
Brian Feehan lives in Connecticut. He attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop summer program. He’s had several short stories published, in the Foundling Review and Plots with Guns and five published plays (Heuer Publishing), one of which was a finalist for the Heideman Award at the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville.
#12
"TREATS"
Fear > Story Prize
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"TASTES"
Music > Essay Prize
Kirk McDavitt of Bucharest, Romania
Kirk McDavitt is a writer on sabbatical from teaching writing, currently residing in Bucharest, Romania. In addition to writing short fiction and non-fiction, he is working on a novel (a fictionalized account of his experiences in a Vipassana meditation course). It will incorporate fifteen of his original songs.
#14
"TASTES"
Music > Essay Prize
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"A TALE OF TWO CONCERTS"
Music > Essay Prize
Jeanne Wilkinson of Brooklyn, New York
Jeanne Wilkinson is a Brooklyn artist and writer. Her writing has been on NPR’s Living on Earth and Leonard Lopate Show, Columbia Journal, Digging Through the Fat, and Raven’s Perch, and her experimental videos featured at BAM, the Greenpoint, New York Independent Film Festivals and 13th St. Repertory Theater.
#15
"A TALE OF TWO CONCERTS"
Music > Essay Prize
"WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT"
Music > Essay Prize
Sally Lipton Derringer of Nanuet, New York
Sally Lipton Derringer was a manuscript finalist for the Tampa Review Prize and a finalist for the Jeff Marks Poetry Prize, Arts & Letters Prize and Kay Murphy Prize. Her poems have appeared in Poet Lore, Los Angeles Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Journal of the American Medical Association, and others.
#16
"WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT"
Music > Essay Prize
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"ADVENT CALENDAR"
Home > Story Prize
Cezanne Alexander
#17
"ADVENT CALENDAR"
Home > Story Prize
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"LITTLE HOUSE"
Home > Essay Prize
Constance Campana
Constance Campana is a poet and essayist who lives in Attleboro, MA and teaches writing at Wheaton College. Recent publications have been in Dogwood, 491 Magazine, Three Rivers Poetry Journal, Brown Journal of the Arts, Cleaver Magazine and SNReview.
#18
"LITTLE HOUSE"
Home > Essay Prize
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"SALT: A HOMECOMING"
Home > Poem Prize
Susan Maeder of the North Coast of California and southwestern France
Susan Maeder lives on the North Coast of California and in southwestern France. She most recently performed her narrative poem, “The Goosefoot Tango,” as a one woman show in France. A career highlight was receiving the annual poetry prize in 2014 from New Millennium Writings.
#19
"SALT: A HOMECOMING"
Home > Poem Prize
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"ENSŌ"
Beginnings & Endings > Essay Prize
Natalie Mucker
Natalie Mucker is a graduate student at Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is working towards her MFA in creative writing. She is fond of animals, humans, yoga, creativity, kindness, all things food, and traveling—not necessarily in that order.

* First Literary Award *
* First Work to be Published in Print *
#20
"ENSŌ"
Beginnings & Endings > Essay Prize
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"EXPAT"
Beginnings & Endings > Story Prize
Hana Rowan-Seddon of London, England | United Kingdom
Hana Rowan-Seddon is a 18 year old living near Brighton, UK. Taking a break from college has allowed her to focus more on her writing.

* First Literary Award *
* First Work to be Published in Print *
#21
"EXPAT"
Beginnings & Endings > Story Prize
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"BEGINNINGS"
Beginnings & Endings > Poem Prize
Keith Mark Gaboury of San Francisco, California
Keith Mark Gaboury earned a M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. His poems have appeared in such publications as Eclectica Magazine, Five 2 One Magazine, and New Millennium Writings. After spending his days as a preschool teacher, Keith spends his nights writing poetry in San Francisco, California.
#22
"BEGINNINGS"
Beginnings & Endings > Poem Prize
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"40"
Regrets & Resolutions > Poem Prize
Kathryn Gahl
Kathryn Gahl writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. “40” is from her memoir in verse, DANCE WHEN YOU CAN’T. Her works appear in over forty journals. A finalist at Glimmer Train and Wisconsin People & Ideas, she believes in the transcendent power of dark chocolate, deep sleep, and red lipstick.
#23
"40"
Regrets & Resolutions > Poem Prize
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"THE CRIPPLE MAKES A WISH"
Regrets & Resolutions > Poem Prize
Terri Trespicio
Terri Trespicio is a NY-based writer, speaker, and brand advisor. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at Emerson College, has been a finalist for the Iowa Award, and won first place for nonfiction in The Baltimore Review in 2016. She is currently at work on her first book.
#24
"THE CRIPPLE MAKES A WISH"
Regrets & Resolutions > Poem Prize
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"THE SUM OF ITS PARTS"
Regrets & Resolutions > Essay Prize
Nina Gaby of Vermont
Nina Gaby has been represented in numerous journals and anthologies, and currently focuses on the shorter form, using composites to illustrate the face of addiction and mental illness from an intimate perspective. Gaby is also a psychiatric nurse practitioner and a widely exhibited visual artist.

* First Literary Award *
#25
"THE SUM OF ITS PARTS"
Regrets & Resolutions > Essay Prize