Latest Award-Winning Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Free Energy | Cora Cruz

48th New Millennium Award for Fiction
Cora Cruz​ of Forest Hills,​ New York​ for ​”Free Energy”

Cruz unites her considerable literary and philosophical talents to present “Free Energy,” a treatise on human happiness and a triumph of both form and function.

Getaway | Kristina Woods

48th New Millennium Award for Flash Fiction
​Kristina Woods of ​New Canaan, Connecticut for “Getaway”

Woods’s prose is honest, engaging, and so vivid that readers may feel they’ve taken their own little “Getaway” — right through the heart of the character’s life story. A superb piece!

The Lamentation of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick | Dale Cottingham

47th New Millennium Award for Poetry
​Dale Cottingham of ​Edmond, Oklahoma for “The Lamentation of Rev. Daniel S. Butrick”

When the law of the land is injustice, there is but one brave act left: to bear witness, to ensure such atrocities will not be erased from history or obscured by propaganda. In “The Lamentation of Rev. Daniel Butrick,” Cottingham dissolves time and space to remind us that the battle for our better nature wages on, and that empathy remains our strongest weapon. When ugly truths no longer hide in darkness, we will thank the poets for dragging them into the light.

In Search of Leo | ​John Baskin

47th New Millennium Award for Nonfiction
​John Baskin of ​Wilmingt​​on, Ohio for “In Search of Leo”

Embarking on a pilgrimage to honor a dear friend and mentor, Baskin travels the French countryside to learn more about the dark time and place that twice nearly took his friend’s life. A brilliant, thoughtful, and important essay.

The Dog Days | Erzsébet Gilbert

47th New Millennium Award for Fiction
Erzsébet Gilbert of Fort Collins, Colorado for “The Dog Days”

Dusty, dreamlike, and full of yearning, “The Dog Days” unfolds at an unhurried pace. Gilbert methodically unleashes her tale, unearthing treasures tarnished and buried just below the rubble.

Seven Ravens | Carla Myers

47th New Millennium Award for Flash Fiction
Carla Myers of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania for “Seven Ravens”

Nearly every time we choose a Flash Fiction winner, we discuss the inherent challenge of this category. In a flash, an author must create an entire story arc, impart some existential truth, and weave imagery bright and sharp enough to imprint on the reader’s mind. Done well, it is a beauty to behold. “Seven Ravens” checks all these boxes and more.


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