Since | Patricia Sammon
New Millennium Award for Fiction
Patricia Sammon of Huntsville, Alabama for “Since”
In “Since,” Patricia wields a masterful first-person narrative to fully arc the life of a 19th-century family and the joys, sorrows, and possibilities our memories contain.
Blanking | Kristin Kostick
New Millennium Award for Nonfiction
Kristin Kostick of Humble, Texas for “Blanking”
Who among us hasn’t yearned for a clean slate? Some way to shed all the old hurts and regrets and begin again, fresh and unencumbered as a newborn soul. In “Blanking,” Kristin ponders the power and possible advantages of self-deception.
How To Write a Love Letter | Eleanor Bluestein
New Millennium Award for Flash Fiction
Eleanor Bluestein of La Jolla, California for “How To Write a Love Letter”
Let Eleanor Bluestein shed light on this ancient art of seduction, and reveal the secrets of romantic mastery in the
The Nation of Aphasia | Xiao Yue Shan
New Millennium Award for Poetry
Xiao Yue Shan of Tokyo, Japan for “the nation of aphasia”
With transportive imagery and longing descriptions of a nation’s rich traditions, Xiao Yue fingers the pulse of the writing life in Hong Kong. Read “the nation of aphasia” and bear witness to the tyrannous shadows encroaching on the Celestial Empire.
The Language of Rivers | Patrick Dawson
New Millennium Award for Fiction
Patrick Dawson of London, England for “The Language of Rivers”
Full of wanderers and deception, and something close to love, Patrick’s masterfully crafted story is quick to engage and gradual to reveal. Dive in and let “The Language of Rivers” spill its secrets.
Mapping Hana | Cassady Black
Cassady Black of Denver, Colorado has won the 43rd New Millennium Fiction Prize for “Mapping Hana.” She will receive $1,000 and publication both online and in..
Shorn | Katie Bickham
Equal parts ode and lament, this poem 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
Hidden in a Suitcase | Michele Leavitt
On reunion and loss, on being back in the fold and being caught in the web, on free will and the things we cannot change. One woman’s story about finding the family she never had and the heartbreak that can come from having so many people to love. –NMW
Bougainvillea | Kerry Tepperman Campbell
Our Editor Emeritus, Don Williams, was moved nearly to tears the first time he read this fine poem. Its lines evoke the lushness and possibility of youth and remind the reader that eventually the garden within each of us must return to the earth. –NMW
False Memory | Marsh Rose
What if one day you discover you’ve been wrong about your own life story? Marsh Rose reveals the secrets that, for nearly 30 years, her mind tried to protect her from, reminding us of our uncanny ability to rewrite the past. —NMW
Ember | Alyson Hagy
The story of a woman who discovers a mysterious spark of life and must reckon with the obligations and opportunities it presents. —NMW
Doldrums Near the End of Empire | Mary Makofske
Let’s say you have been paying attention, and you are outraged…might you still revel in an unseasonably warm autumn afternoon? For anyone informed enough to panic, but romantic enough to appreciate this beautiful world while we still can, this poem is for you. –NMW
Nothing Kinky | Evan McMurry
A soldier hellbent on getting himself honorably discharged, and the waitress who changed everything when he saw the way the sun itself tried to reach her with its gaze. Nothing kinky here… just true young love up against this endless war. —NMW
Dendrites | Anne Gudger
From the expansive first lines to the evocative ending, “Dendrites” invites readers to speed along the author’s gray matter through her most transformative life events. It’s a ride you won’t soon forget. —NMW
Papa’s Parrot | Adam Sifre
The story of a bird who traded flight for knowledge, his freedom for the privilege of hearing a certain Old Man spin stories on a typewriter in Cuba, and how those stories began to transform the one who listened. –NMW
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The Prophet | Alexander Weinstein
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 a new path? Weinstein imagines this occurrence and humankind’s amusing, unsettling reactions. Don’t be surprised to catch a glimpse of yourself in this mirror!