Writing Awards XLIX

Ian Khara Ellasante of Lewiston, Maine for “grandfather: a dialect of water”

Ian Khara Ellasante’s poems have appeared in The Feminist Wire, Evening Will Come, Hinchas de Poesía, and cur.ren.cy. Originally from Memphis, Ellasante has also loved living and writing in Tucson, Brooklyn, and most recently southern Maine, where they are an assistant professor at Bates College.

C.C. Lewis of Boone, North Carolina for “Major Tom”

C.C. Lewis won first place in Nimrod International Journal’s 2017 Awards for New Writers in Fiction and second place in the Berkeley Fiction Review’s 2016 contest. They were a finalist for North Carolina Literary Review’s Fiction Prize in 2017 and 2018 and have received honorable mentions from Glimmer Train.

JR Boudreau of Ontario, Canada for “Pale Shepherd”

JR Boudreau is an accomplished reader, an amateur writer, and a struggling educator. His work has appeared in The Dalhousie ReviewThe PuritanThe Antigonish Review, and Echolocation.

Lee Thomas of ​Los Angeles, California for “On the Origin of Species”

Lee Thomas is a fiction writer in Los Angeles. She won the Peninsula Pulse’s 2019 Hal Prize. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Fiction Writers Review, The Hopkins Review, Third Street Writers, and The New Guard. She recently finished a collection of short stories.



Amanda Akers
Union, Ohio

Ella Andrews
Medford, Massachusetts
“Not yet a Mother”

Miranda Beeson
New York, New York
“The Lexicon of Two”

Susan Booth
Atlanta, Georgia
“Architectural Memory”

C.W. Emerson
Palm Springs, California
“The Joy of Wild Things”

Lane Flores
Chicago, Illinois

Pete Follansbee
Richmond, Virginia
“The Heron Returns from Winter”

Jonathan Greenhause
Jersey City, New Jersey
“Thanks a lot, Shakespeare, for the Starling”

Margaux Griffith 
Ann Arbor, Michigan
“Concrete Slab Table”

Elizabeth Jackson
Raleigh, North Carolina
“Kitchen. Window. Wind.”

Christiane Jacox
Ridgefield, Connecticut
“First Child”

Ralph La Rosa
Los Angeles, California
“A Mouthful of Tacks”

Jennifer Lentfer
Washington, District of Columbia
“The Curve”

Eileen Malone
Broadmoor Village, California

Edward Meier
Neenah, Wisconsin
“Sister Rosa”

Leona Sevick
Bridgewater, Virginia

Harvey Soss
Brooklyn, New York
“Falling Into Grace”

Gabriel Spera
Los Angeles, California

Laura Budofsky Wisniewski
Hinesburg, Vermont
“Guide to Herbs and Spices”

Diana Woodcock
Midlothian, Virginia


Azure Arther
Dallas, Texas
“The Division of Names”

Al Aucella
Falmouth, Maine
“The Silent Café”

Jaime Balboa
Los Angeles, California
“The Leather Satchel”

Veronique Bequin
Guelph, Ontario
“Close Shave”

David Borofka
Clovis, California
“Retirement Dogs”

Ree Davis
Roanoke, Virginia
“The Putin Resurrections”

Dana DuGan
Hailey, Idaho
“The Elusive Scent of Others”

James Ellenberger
Cincinnati, Ohio
“Mushroom Daddy”

Paula Friedman 
Gresham, Oregon

Joanna Glum
Sacramento, California
“A Profile”

Sara Hosey
Sea Cliff, New York

Isabella Kestermann
Los Angeles, California

Evelyn Maguire
Boston, Massachusetts
“Fort Henry”

Richard O’Reilly
Floral Park, New York
“Dutchman Rules”

Abbigail Rosewood
Brooklyn, New York
“Constellations of Eve”

Efrem Sigel
New York, New York
“Born Again”

Alan Sincic
Gotha, Florida

Morgan Smith
Santa Fe, New Mexico
“Orphans of God”

Meredith Suter-Wadley
Kaiserstuhl, Switzerland

Paul Wilborn
Saint Petersburg, Florida
“Ground Zero”


Peter Armstrong 
Gotaland, Sweden

Michelle Bitting 
Pacific Palisades, California

Melissa Bowers 
Gilroy, California
“The Vanishing Self”

Jane Copland 
Berkshire, United Kingdom
“Cache Flow”

Lee Eisen 
Manhattan Beach, California
“Your Last Story”

Adrian Fleur 
Coconut Creek, Florida 
“A Post-Apartheid Education For Girls”

Amina Gautier 
Chicago, Illinois
“Tears on Tap”

Sheryl Goodspeed
Mayer, Arizona

Heather Hall 
Palos Verdes, California
“How to Leave a Marriage”

Ron Lavalette
Barton, Vermont

Alix Mehalek
Juneau, Alaska

Ben Orlando 
Arlington, Virgina

Kate Owen
Hillingdon, United Kingdom

Lee Reilly 
Chicago, Illinois
“Pastor Bob’s Picnic”

Dave Sanfacon
Cambridge, Massachusetts
“Ghosts in the Garden”

Elizabeth Tucker 
Truckee, California
“If He Had, He Would”

Seth Tucker 
Wheat Ridge, Colorado
“The Silences”

Steven Wexler 
Valencia, California
“Some Pill”

Michelle Wright
Victoria, Australia
“Water Hours”

Rachel Zarrow
San Francisco, California
“An Evening at the Bathhouse with My Former Lover’s New Love”


​Michael Bishop 
Moscow, Idaho 
“Going Bananas: A Surfer’s Taste of Globalism”

Linda Caradine 
Portland, Oregon

Jaclynn Chiodini 
Fox, Arkansas 
“’It’s like the bones were calling me’: Chasing the Ancestors in Dersim”

Claudia Crook 
New York, New York 
“The Great American West Farewell Tour”

Virginia Ewing 
Raleigh, North Carolina
“Nine Swims”

Colton Green 
Bronx, New York 
“Extra Innings”

Elizabeth Hoban
Newton, New Jersey

    Joanna Lau 
Roslyn Heights, New York
“Windblown: A Gallery”

Ellen Leary
New York, New York

    Miki Lentin
London, United Kingdom 
“Doing Good”

    Bridget Lyons 
Santa Cruz, California 

Roger Martin
Lawrence, Kansas
“On Stuckness”

Cynthia McVay 
Ulster Park, New York 
“The Triassics”

Wendy Noonan
Portland, Oregon
“Weeping Woman”

    Liza Porter 
Tucson, Arizona 
“There Will Be Falling”

    N. R. Robinson 
Charleston, South Carolina

Sarita Sarvate 
Albany, California
“When I Crossed the Border”

Nicola Sebastian 
Brooklyn, New York
“Sometimes We Forget”

    Esperanza Snyder
Shepherdstown, West Virginia 
“My Daddy’s Boxes”

Nicole Zimmerman
Penngrove, California 

— Honorable Mentions —


Claire Bailey
Asheville, North Carolina
“Love song for sisters”

Partridge Boswell
Woodstock, Vermont
“Strike Anywhere”

Alex Chesstell
Eureka, California

Cara Cilento
Cedar Grove, New Jersey
“My Two Feet”

Deborah Doolittle
Jacksonville, North Carolina
“From the Encyclopedia of Magical Verbs: To Thank”

Marcy Rae Henry
Chicago, Illinois
“Years that ask questions”

Owen Hickle-Edwards
Chicago, Illinois
“The Chicago Playlist”

Tashe House
Garner, North Carolina
“The Clearing”

Andromeda Rose
Dearborn, Michigan

Michael Nelson
Kalamazoo, Michigan
“If There’s a Gun in a Chekhov Story, It’s Going to Go Off”

Karen Pojmann
Columbia, Missouri
“Meridians and Hemispheres”

Teresa Sutton
Patterson, New York

Helen Wallace
St. Petersburg, Florida
“To the Buyer of Our Old Home”

Gregg Weatherby

Ithaca, New York
“Blue Jay”

Mark Weaver
Allen, Texas
“Monday Night Football”


Nancy Allen
Dallas, Texas
“Cross Over the River”

Leslie Campbell
San Francisco, California
“Thunder in Illinois”

David Canning
Brooklyn, New York

Brad David
Melbourne, Australia
“Drive Thru”

Deac Etherington
Tumacacori, Arizona

Ellen Furman
San Diego, California
“Russian Beauty”

Alex Li
New York, New York
“The Best Stories”

Michael Miller
Edmonds, Washington

Olive Mullet
Big Rapids, Michigan
“No Outlet”

Paula Paige
Cromwell, Connecticut

Martha Payne
Atlanta, Georgia

Laura Picklesimer
Sierra Madre, California
“Boiling Point”

Lisa Rosenberg
Montclair, New Jersey

Glenn Schiffman

Whitefish, Montana

Daniel Talamantes
San Francisco, California
“No Promethean Zombie”


Jennifer Boyd
Austin, TX
“The Test”

Eoin Connelly 
Dublin, Ireland 
“The Man Who Is Still A Boy”

Stephanie Cotsirilos
Portland, Maine 

Derek Hanebury
Port Alberni, British Columbia
“Bungy Love”

Arthur McCaffrey
Waltham, Massachusetts
“Lost in Translation”

Aishwarya Mishra
Jharkhand, India

Anne Raustol
Weaverville, North Carolina

Charlie Salkever
Newton, Massachusetts
“The Party”

Kevin Sandefur
St. Joseph, Illinois
“Out in the Sticks”

Lexi Schwartz
Denver, Colorado 

Nicola Sebastian
Brooklyn, New York
“Sometimes We Forget”

Steven Simoncic
Wayne, New Jersey
“Girls Weekend”

Laurie Steed 
Kingsley, Australia 
“But What Have You Done Lately?”

Christina Tabacco

San Francisco, California 

Alexander Weinstein
Ann Arbor, Michigan 
“We Only Wanted Their Happiness”


​Mary Elizabeth Cartwright
Arlington, Tennessee 
“Face It, Smart: A Family Affair Through Text Messages”

Debka Colson
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
“Baking Lessons: Needing, Rising & Letting Go”

Jane Copland
Fox, Arkansas 
“About the Skating”

Richard Hague
Cincinnati, Ohio 
“Ruins & Punishments”

Regina Hanson 
Las Vegas, Nevada
“Beat Down”

Stephen Howie 
Sedro Woolley, Washington 
“Three Fingers Wide”

Elizabeth Andrew
Minneapolis, Minnesota
“Microscope, Kaleidoscope”

    Andrew Jones 
Downers Grove, Illinois
“A Crack in the System”

Yennie Jun
Geismar, Louisiana
“In the Bathhouse”

  Margarita Meyendorff
Rosendale, New York 
“Interview with the FBI”

    Kathleen Minor
Dalton, Georgia 
“Booker T. Washington and Childish Gambino: Masters of Form”

Ruth Rosengarten
Southorpe, United Kingdom

Willa Schneberg
Portland, Oregon 
“The Man Who Became Cambodia”

Rachel Shapiro
Paradise Valley, Arizona

    Michele Sharpe
Gainesville, Florida 
“The Honeybee”

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