45th Writing Awards – January 31 Deadline

Cassady Black’s “Mapping Hana” (NMW 2017)

Cassady Black’s “Mapping Hana” (NMW 2017)

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 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.”

Katie Bickham’s “Shorn” (NMW 2017)

Katie Bickham’s “Shorn” (NMW 2017)

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.

“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

Michele Leavitt’s “Hidden in a Suitcase” (NMW 2017)

Michele Leavitt’s “Hidden in a Suitcase” (NMW 2017)

Michele Leavitt of Gainesville, FL has won the 43rd New Millennium Nonfiction Prize for “Hidden in a Suitcase.”

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

“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.”

Kerry Tepperman Campbell’s “Bougainvillea” (NMW 2016)

Kerry Tepperman Campbell’s “Bougainvillea” (NMW 2016)

Kerry Tepperman Campbell of San Anselmo, CA has won the 42nd New Millennium Poetry Prize for “Bougainvillea.”

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

“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

William Polsgrove’s “Highway 61” (NMW 2016)

William Polsgrove’s “Highway 61” (NMW 2016)

–This award is William’s first literary prize and his first published story.–


William Polsgrove of Frederick, Maryland has won the 42nd New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “Highway 61.”

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

“Polsgrove’s story captures perfectly the angst of growing up in a place you can’t belong, a town where the best things in your life are the ones you can’t tell anyone about, and where you make your escape every chance you get.”

Kirk Wilson’s “A Brief and Necessary Madness” (NMW 2016)

Kirk Wilson’s “A Brief and Necessary Madness” (NMW 2016)

Kirk Wilson of Austin, Texas has won the 42rd New Millennium Nonfiction Prize for “A Brief and Necessary Madness.”

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

“A murderous sheriff, an indigent ex-baseball star, and a lone boy trying to make sense of the madness his town has grown accustomed to. In his stirring recollection of small-town Texas, our Nonfiction Winner’s empathetic portrayal brings each character to life and his lyrical prose makes the essay sing.” –NMW

Jackie Davis Martin’s “Knife” (NMW 2015)

Jackie Davis Martin’s “Knife” (NMW 2015)

Jackie Davis Martin of San Francisco, CA has won the 39th New Millennium Fiction Prize for “Knife.”

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

“This is the story of the man who came to dinner. When a famous writer crashes their party, he brings risk, subterfuge, and creativity back into a life gone dull. But what will he take in return?” –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

Mary Makofske’s “Doldrums Near the End of Empire” (NMW 2017)

Mary Makofske’s “Doldrums Near the End of Empire” (NMW 2017)

Mary Makofske of Warwick, New York has won the 44th New Millennium Poetry Prize for “Doldrums Near the End of Empire.”

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

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

Evan McMurry’s “Nothing Kinky” (NMW 2017)

Evan McMurry’s “Nothing Kinky” (NMW 2017)

Evan McMurry of Brooklyn, New York has won the 44th New Millennium Fiction Prize for “Nothing Kinky.”

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

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

Anne Gudger’s “Dendrites” (NMW 2017)

Anne Gudger’s “Dendrites” (NMW 2017)

Anne Gudger of Portland, Oregon has won the 44th New Millennium Nonfiction Prize for “Dendrites.”

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

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

Adam Sifre’s “Papa’s Parrot” (NMW 2017)

Adam Sifre’s “Papa’s Parrot” (NMW 2017)

Adam Sifre of Wayne, NJ has won the 44th New Millennium Flash Fiction Prize for “Papa’s Parrot.”

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

“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