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Cassady Black

Cassady Black

Winner of the 43rd Writing Contest for Fiction

Cassady Black of Denver, Colorado has won the New Millennium Fiction Prize for “Mapping Hana.”

She will receive $1,000, a certificate to document the success, and publication both online and in print.

“A haunting and enchanting mystery. From the startling first lines to each smoldering revelation, readers will be delightfully lured into this map of a marriage whose true north has vanished in the night.”


Cassady BlackCassady Black lives in Colorado, where she is a writer, editor, and consultant. She is a founding editor of “Slow Trains Literary Journal,” and her writing has been published in “Eclectica,” “,” and “The Best American Erotica” series, among others.

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*Editor’s Note: This story was first published under the name “Mapping Charlotte” in the online journal, Eclectica Magazine, under the author’s previous pen name.

Katie Bickham

Katie Bickham

Katie Bichkham

Katie Bickham of Shreveport, LA has won the 43rd New Millennium Poetry Prize for “Shorn.” She will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in print.

Katie’s book, The Belle Mar(2015), won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. Katie’s poems have appeared in Rattle, Southern Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, Pleiades, The Missouri Review, and elsewhere. She received The Missouri Review Editor’s Prize and an SLS fellowship.

Katie teaches creative writing at Bossier Parish Community College.

“Equal parts ode and lament, “Shorn” explores the power of women’s hair, its ubiquitous influence on art and society, and the awe, fear, and possessiveness it too often inspires in others. An evocative and compelling work.” –NMW