Writing Awards 55

Michael Hogan of Guadalajara, Mexico for “Kissed by Allen Ginsberg”

Michael Hogan is the author of several books of poetry including In the Time of the Jacarandas (Egret Books, 2015). He has received two Pushcart Prizes and an NEA Fellowship for his work. Hogan’s memoir Walking Each Other Home will be published by Trinity University Press in the autumn of 2024.

Mekiya Outini of Kansas City, Missouri for “Baptism by Earth”

Mekiya Outini’s short fiction has appeared in The Coachella Review, Chautauqua, and elsewhere, and the first two chapters of his novel, Ashes, Ashes, were featured in the West Trade Review. He now serves as Managing Editor of The DateKeepers, an international media platform, which he co-founded with his life partner, Itto Outini. The Outinis are also co-authoring Itto’s forthcoming memoir, Blindness is the Light of My Life

B. Fulton Jennes of Ridgefield, Connecticut for “Father to Son”

B. Fulton Jennes is poet laureate emerita of Ridgefield, CT, and poet-in-residence at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. Her poems have appeared widely in literary journals and anthologies. In 2022, her poem “Glyphs of a Gentle Going” won the Lascaux Prize. Jennes’ collection BLINDED BIRDS (Finishing Line Press) received the 2022 International Book Award for a poetry chapbook. Another chapbook, FLOWN—an elegy for her sister—will be published by Porkbelly Press in 2024. 

Jacob Orlando of Baltimore, Maryland for “Molten”

Jacob Orlando is a queer young man of letters from small town Texas. A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he presently works a day job and writes away his free time. Catch his piece “Down Too Many” in The Q&A Queer Zine, Issue 4, and follow him on Tumblr or Twitter for more.



Liz Abrams-Morley
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Your Sister, Wyeth, Shoes”

Jessica Barksdale
Vancouver, Washington
“God’s Weekend Visit”

Melissa Bowers
Gilroy, California

Tammy Brown
Cincinnati, Ohio
“On Times I Chose Romance Over Logic”

Laura Candler
Sewanee, Tennessee
“Ode to My Hands”

Robert Clinton
Dedham, Massachusetts
“Double Infinities”

Dean Gessie
Ontario, Canada

Patricia Gray
Washington, D.C.
“Morning of Wilderness and Wind”

Ayris Hatton
Kentfield, California
“The Fire”

PreetamDas Kirtana
Dayton, Ohio
“The Chronic”

Tanya McIntyre
Quebec, Canada
“Dark Tide”

Jason Nisavic
Lagrange, Illinois
“Joy is a Choice”

James Reid
Santa Fe, New Mexico
“A Turkey’s Pardon”

Kathleen Rugel
Donalsonville, Georgia
Miraculous morning with D. melanogaster

Mara Adamitz Scrupe
New Canton, Virginia
“Kata’s Minnesota Soliloquy”

David Sloan
Brunswick, Maine
“Recipe for Grammy’s Musical Stew”

David Sullivan
Santa Cruz, California
“All the Time In the World”

Ruth Thompson
Freeville, New York
“Blocking the Chute”

Mary Tyler
North Muskegon, Michigan
“Forgiveness and Banksy and Me”

Jeanne Wagner
Kensington, California
“The Peppered Moths”

Carolyne Wright
Seattle, Washington
“The Room”


Anna Badkhen
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jamey Baumgardt
Poulsbo, Washington
“The Appeasers”

Megan Baxter
Springfield, New Hampshire
“The Killing Frost”

Angie Brenner

El Cajon, California
“Set & Setting”

Orlando Fortuna Dare

Ensenada, Mexico
“Labyrinth Nineteen”

Mark Edwards

Saint Paul, Minnesota
“Mending Wall”

Paul Festa
San Francisco, California
“CockTail d’Amore”

Jenny Halper
Brooklyn, New York
“White Heart”

Enid Harlow

Brooklyn, New York
“Linda: Seeking a Sign”

Alice Hatcher

Tucson, Arizona

Louise Hawes

Pittsboro, North Carolina

James Lark

London, England
“Packed With Memories”

Greg Laskaris

San Diego, California
“If You Stay, You Will Die”

Addie Lovell

Brooklyn, New York

Katherine Merrill

Grantsville, Maryland

Rebecca Munley
Glendale, California
“The Playing Field”

Connie Corzilius Spasser
Augusta, Georgia
“Something Different Than Lies”

Bernadette Stott
London, England
“I am but summer to your heart”

Korey Wallace
Sioux City, Iowa

Evan Morgan Williams
Portland, Oregon
“Kind Girl, Sister, Teacher, Whale”


Peter Armstrong
Trollhättan, Sweden

Amy Blau
Scottsdale, Arizona
“Drinking with the KGB”

Melissa Bowers
Gilroy, California

Paula C. Brancato
Livingston, New Jersey
“Mr. Parsons: A True Love Story”

Susan Breall
San Francisco, California
“The Moon In The Refrigerator”

Philip Carr-Harris
Norfolk, Connecticut
“Screech Clank Clunk Silence”

Jee Choi
Chandler, Arizona

JR Fenn
Rochester, New York
“The Happy Son”

Jeannette Garrett
Houston, Texas

Cameron Green
Greenville, North Carolina
“Why the News is Bad for You”

Chris Hannas
Reston, Virginia
“Maeve Saves”

Gregory Jeffers
Keene Valley, New York

Morgan Jeitler
Austin, Texas
“Cause & Effect”

Haley Kennedy
Incline Village, Nevada

Jen Knox
Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Anais La Rocca
Callicoon, New York
“En La Luna”

Victor McConnell
Golden, Colorado
“How To Say Goodbye”

Mary Moreno
New York, New York
“When the Bears Took Manhattan”

Keinosuke Muto
Chiba City, Japan
“The Man at my Desk”

Kim Trevathan
Maryville, Tennessee
“Columnist Attempts Hurdle”


Anwar Accawi
Knoxville, Tennessee

Scott Best
Palo Alto, California
“How to Talk to Your Dog About Central America”

Letty Butler
Sheffield, England
“The Catalyst”

Eileen Vorbach Collins
Raleigh, North Carolina
“Love in the Archives”

Wisteria Deng
New Haven, Connecticut
“Red and White”

Susan Haar
Riverhead, New York
“1/2021:Unfortunate Nights”

Lynda Smith Hoggan
Sacramento, California
“Jungle of the Heart”

Jon Imparato
Los Angeles, California
“No Ricky Ricardo”

Jen Knox
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
“Factory Work”

Karen Lauritzen
Clayton, North Carolina
“Making My Way Home”

Desiree Loeven
Simpsonville, South Carolina
“Heart of a Monster”

Kurt Luchs
Kalamazoo, Michigan
“Area Satire Rag Turns 35: The Real History of Fake News”

Cecile Mazzucco-Than
Port Jefferson, New York

Murgatroyd Monaghan
Sudbury, Canada
“The Homemaker”

Vivian Montgomery
Maynard, Massachusetts
“Ice Storm 1973”

Meryl Natchez
Kensington, California
“My Mother’s Exit”

Allen Price
Cranston, Rhode Island
“Racism: A Prelude to a Negro’s Suicide Note”

Charity Starrett
San Antonio, Texas
“The Race Against Freedom”

Stephanie Vanderslice
Conway, Arkansas
“Back to Me: A love letter, on purpose”

Kira Witkin
Queens, New York
“Notes on Grieving the Living”

— Honorable Mentions —


Claudia Creed
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Olivia Eggleston
The Hague, Netherlands
“Shedding Him”

Monique Gagnon German
Wayne, Maine

Liesl Garner
Eagle Point, Oregon
“She Thought Perhaps Azalea”

Carol Gilbertson

Decorah, Iowa
“Water Lost”

Jonathan Greenhause

Jersey City, New Jersey
“By 4am, we’re headed towards an abortion clinic in Queens”

Jen Hallaman
Washington, D.C.
“Yellow Descant”

Xavier Jimenez
New Rochelle, New York
“In the Wake of What Went Wrong Back There”

Angela Kelly

Spartanburg, South Carolina
“Sometimes the Ghosts”

Gretchen Larson

Centerville, Utah
“A Pep Talk for Pluto”

Mary Makofske

Warwick, New York
“Mother’s Day”

Damen O’Brien

Wynnum, Australia
“Jane Doe”

Steven Ostrowski

Niantic, Connecticut
“Girl Under Stars”

Veronica Patterson

Loveland, Colorado
“Elegy Triptych”

Helen Wallace

St. Petersburg, Florida
“Road Trip to Everywhere”


Amber Blaeser-Wardzala
Tempe, Arizona

Nick Clark
Leeds, England
“Let the Wild Ones Pass Through”

Scott Dergance
Denver, Colorado
“Regret, and Other Oddly Pleasing Emotions”

Suzi Ehtesham-Zadeh

Woodstock, Georgia

Yvonne Fein
Melbourne, Australia
“Boat People”

D.R. Glass
South Portland, Maine
“The Three Dreams of Mark Glass”

Jason Harris

College Station, Texas
“The One She’d Have to Rely On”

Mal King
Santa Paula, California
“The Gifts That Cost Everything: A Christmas Story for COVID-19”

Mina Manchester
Altadena, California
“Dry Sink”

Ronald McGuire

Norwell, Massachusetts
“Fitting In”

Bethany Nuckolls

Charlotte, North Carolina
“No Ordinary Family”

Sandra Scofield

Missoula, Montana

Brenda Shoshanna Lukeman

New York, New York

Victoria Smith

Superior, Wisconsin
“Not Once”

Nathan Spicer

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
“Striking Songs from Air”


Hal Ackerman
New York, New York
“Public Transit”

Essence Bonitaz
Maplewood, Minnesota
“Something in the Water”

Charles Clifton
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
“Hamlet & Son”

Genevieve Dominguez

Henderson, Nevada
“Sapphire Flames”

Kim Farrar

Astoria, New York

Ananda Naima González

New York, New York
“Big Sister Pine”

Hadley Hunt
Fairhaven, Massachusetts
“Weekend Sleepover”

Joseph Kierland
Los Angeles, California
“Night Flights”

Edward Latham

London, United Kingdom
“The Eternal Judiciary”

Timothy Lord

Bloomington, Illinois
“Reading in Season”

Tamara Miller

Seattle, Washington
“It Dawns on You”

Christy O’Callaghan

Amsterdam, New York

Shikha Pandey

Oviedo, Florida
“Farewells and Continuums”

Anne Sandor

Monroe, New York
“A Spare Kidney”

Korey Wallace

Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
“Where Did They Go?”


Serena Burman
Eastsound, Washington
“Juno’s House Rules”

Shelley Coleman
Firestone, Colorado
“Muscle Car on a Mission”

Irene Crawley
Collinstown, Ireland
“Joe Beau Jones”

Dan Flanigan
Fairway, Kansas
“San Josef Bay, Cape Scott, Vancouver Island”

Butch Freedman
Tillamook, Oregon

Marina Hatsopoulos
Boston, Massachusetts
“New, Useful, and Nonobvious”

Andrew Horan
Brooklyn, New York
“Long Covid and a Longer Goodbye”

Robin Messing
Brooklyn, New York
“Writing a Redeemable Man”

Devon Parish
Montpelier, Vermont
“The Riddle”

Petra Perkins
Highlands Ranch, Colorado
“Ms. Suzy & Mom: Correspondents from the Trenches”

Enda Reilly
Toronto, Canada

Christie Tate
Chicago, Illinois
“A Sponsor, Lost and Found”

Jennifer Todling
Rockville, Maryland
“Waltzing in Vienna”

Sydney Watson
Eastpoint, Florida
“The Death of a Cow”

Ernestine Whitman
Appleton, Wisconsin
“Darkest Winter”


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