Winners of the 2018 Writing Contest
Congratulations to the winners!
Winning entries are now published in the latest edition of The Bookwoman
Fiction (Judge – Regina Marler)
1st Place: Connie Corzilius Spasser: For Want of Other Worlds
2nd Place: Marie Baleo: Desert Animals
3rd Place: Rachel Hughes: Hinterland
Honorable Mention: Atossa Shafaie: Wheat to Bread
Nonfiction (Judge – Katie Hafner)
1st Place: Cinthia Ritchie: Eating
2nd Place: Kathye Petrie: Still Life With Books
3rd Place: Stacey Megally: Molting
Poetry (Judge – Carol Smallwood)
1st Place: Eve Brouwer: First Ladies, m. 1963-d.1976
2nd Place: La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson: Once I Had a Name
3rd Place: Anne Casey: Still I Rise
Honorable Mention: Elisabeth Bassin: Supposed to Be
Young Adult (Judge – Tanya Egan Gibson)
1st Place: Bonnie Waltch: Finding Black Jaguar
2nd Place: Lisa Bradley: The Things We Wish to Keep
3rd Place: Laura Picklesimer: A Fire Ignited
Honorable Mention: Renee Roberson: The Name You’re Not Supposed to Call Women
The awards include $250 cash prizes for the winner in each category and publication in The Bookwoman, the official publication of Women’s National Book Association.
Categories and Judges
Carol Smallwood. One of Carol Smallwood’s over five dozen anthologies, Women on Poetry: Tips on writing, revising, publishing and teaching, is on Poets & Writers Magazine’s List of Best Books for writers. Her latest is Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Interviews and case studies of cooperation (McFarland, 2017). A multiple Pushcart nominee, she has served as reader, reviewer, interviewer, and judge and has received various recognitions such as a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award.
Regina Marler. After Editing Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell, Ms. Marler wrote Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom, and edited Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America on to Sex. Her fiction has appeared in North American Review, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her story, She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, Amazon.com, and the Advocate and currently contributes to the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, and the Signet Classics series. Recent essays include the Cambridge Companion to Bloomsbury, Queer Bloomsbury, and forthcoming: Oxford Guide to Virginia Woolf.
Katie Hafner. She has been writing for The New York Times since 1991. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Her books include Cyberpunk: Outlaws and hackers on the computer frontier (with John Markoff), Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The origins of the internet (with Matthew Lyon), and others. Her most recent book Mother Daughter Me, a memoir about multigenerational living, was published in 2013 by Random House.
Tanya Egan Gibson. Her debut novel, How to Buy A Love of Reading, was published by Dutton in May 2009. An alumna of Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she is mother to a four-year-old who produces countless construction paper “books” that she insists Mommy “get published” and an infant whose favorite teether is HTBALOR, and wife to the most patient man in the universe.
Five years of the Anual Writing Contest!
We are expecting to reopen the Writing Contest later in 2019 after five years of success. Everyone is looking forward to the sixth contest. If you are planning to participate in the next one, check out the Writing Contest guidelines from our past competition:
2016 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
1st Place: Stacey Balkun, “”When I am Red and the Moon Full”
2nd Place: Alice Osborn, “Southern Ice Storm”
3rd Place: Andrea Young, “Aleppo”
Honorable Mention: Anna Hernandez-French, “At Sea”
1st Place: Robyn Corum, “Coffin-Maker”
2nd Place: Karin Fuller, “Dancing on a Stump”
3rd Place: Christine Eskilson, “Taking Care of Harry”
Honorable Mention: Patty Somlo, “Since Letitia Williams Saw Jesus”
1st Place: Jean Choy Tate, “White Woman Passes”
2nd Place: Nicole Ayers, “Pink Hats”
3rd Place: Sarah Birnbach, “Climbing Back Up”
Honorable Mention: Joanne Godley, “Doubling Back”
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who submitted their work!
The WNBA Annual Writing Competition Chairperson is Joan Gelfand, founder of the contest and contest Chair. Joan is a poet with three volumes of poetry, winner of a short fiction award and novelist. She blogs for the Huffington Post and is a member of Bay Area Travel Writers. If you have an interest in advertising the contest to your English department, journal or group or would like to participate as a judge, please contact Joan Gelfand: email@example.com.