45th Writing Awards – November 30 Deadline

by NMW

Alexander Weinstein’s “The Prophet” (NMW 2015)

Alexander Weinstein’s “The Prophet” (NMW 2015)

Alexander Weinstein of Ann Arbor, MI has won the 40th New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “The Prophet.”

He will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“In this age of miracles and marvels, when the next life-changing technology is just a yearly rollout away, what happens when a Messiah appears to show people the new path? Weinstein’s ‘The Prophet’ imagines this occurrence and humankind’s amusing, unsettling reactions to it. Don’t be surprised to catch a glimpse of yourself in this mirror!” –NMW

Noah Stetzer’s “Intruder” (NMW 2015)

Noah Stetzer’s “Intruder” (NMW 2015)

Noah Stetzer of Washington, D.C. has won the 39th New Millennium Poetry Prize for “Intruder.”

He will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“It begins with the mystery of a few missing pills…or is it a few too many? A clever take on the unreliable narrator, this poem broods over what to do when the person you most suspect is you.” –NMW

Shanna Yetman’s “The Miracle Is to Walk This Earth” (NMW 2015)

Shanna Yetman’s “The Miracle Is to Walk This Earth” (NMW 2015)

Shanna Yetman of Chicago, IL has won the 39th New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “The Miracle Is to Walk This Earth.”

She will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“This vignette centers on a mother’s fear about her young son’s upcoming surgery and the solace she seeks in Buddhism, particularly its slippery and elusive principles of non-attachment and liberation from the cycle of birth and death.” –NMW

Claire Bateman’s “Meanwhile, We Called Ourselves Human,” (NMW 2015)

Claire Bateman’s “Meanwhile, We Called Ourselves Human,” (NMW 2015)

Claire Bateman of Greenville, South Carolina has won the 40th New Millennium Poetry Prize for “Meanwhile, We Called Ourselves Human,”.

She will $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

Maureen McLane, celebrated poet and 2014 National Book Award Finalist, served as our guest judge for this contest. McLane had these words of praise for Bateman’s poem:

“A poem both philosophical and grounded in this our concrete world, a beautiful unfolding reticulated lyric registration of what it means to live now and in deep time — to dwell briefly and complicatedly as humans in this ‘phenomenal universe’ amidst our ‘patio kitchens and  sun room gardens,’ amidst ‘continental drift, the deaths of oceans.’ A ranging, surprising, ambitious poem, with flashes of humor leavening its sometimes Biblical cadences: an unusual combination of intellectual and sensual engagement. Brava!”

—Maureen McLane

Karen Hunt’s “INTO THE WORLD” (NMW 2015)

Karen Hunt’s “INTO THE WORLD” (NMW 2015)

Karen Hunt of Woodland Hills, CA has one the 40th New Millennium Nonfiction Prize for “Into the World.”

She will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

“At ten years old, Karen and her family embarked on a journey around the world. This essay chronicles those turbulent and eye-opening travels and how they continue to shape Karen’s worldview and life’s works.” –NMW

Pamela Uschuk’s “The Taliban Takes Pakistan” (NMW 2012)

Pamela UschukAmerican Book Award winner, Pamela Uschuk graduated with honors with a MFA in Poetry and Fiction from the University of Montana.  Called by The Bloomsbury Review, “one of the most insightful and spirited poets today,” she is the author of six books of  poems, including the award-winning Finding Peaches in the Desert and Crazy Love (2010 American Book Award).

Translated into over a dozen languages, Uschuk’s work has appeared in over three hundred journals and anthologies worldwide, including Poetry, Parnassus Review, Agni Review, Pequod, New Millennium Writings, Ploughshares, Beloit Poetry Journal, and Hunger Mountain.

D.C. Dulik’s “The Narcissist” (NMW 2011)

D.C. Dulik’s “The Narcissist” (NMW 2011)


The Narcissist

by D.C. Dulik

 

I regret, and know I will pay,

when I ask, how are you today?

I‘m doing great, let me fill you in.

Don‘t you think that I look really thin?

I‘m going to a luncheon date,

I‘m already a half hour late.

I‘m going on vacation to Napa Valley.

Jim is building me a pergola in the alley.

I do wish he and the kids could go,

but it‘s so expensive you know.

After lunch it‘s a bikini wax