2016 Able Muse Write Prize: Contest Winners Announcement
Able Muse is pleased to announce the winners of the Write Prize for poetry & fiction (judged anonymously throughout by the Able Muse Contest Committee and the final judges, Stuart Dybek for fiction, and Patricia Smith for poetry). The winning writer and the winning poet will each receive a $500 prize.
Write Prize (for Fiction), Final Judge: Stuart Dybek
FICTION WINNER: Victoria Mlyniec - "Passerthrough"
Here is what Stuart Dybek has to say about Victoria Mlyniec's winning story:
“Passerthrough” is an artfully constructed story that within a few pages switches point of view, employs flashback in order to counterpoint past and present narratives, and introduces three convincing characters.
The winning story will be published in the Winter 2016 issue of Able Muse, print edition. (No other entry in the fiction category achieved selection for publication.)
• John D. Meyers - "The Rolex Adventure"
• Jackie Campbell - "Sylvia and the Ring of Saturn"
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Write Prize (for Poetry), Final Judge: Patricia Smith
POETRY WINNER: Scott Ruescher - "Shamrock"
Here is what Patricia Smith has to say about Scott Ruescher's winning poem:
I often say that poets are the most starkly talented writers because we take huge, unwieldy stories and fold them into tight, controlled spaces—but when the poem opens up, with the help of on-point lyricism or a sensory-driven progression, the whole story is there. This poem's tonal firepower is exacting, unapologetically rooted in New England badassery and etched onto an electric narrative backdrop.
These finalists are a good representation of the outstanding quality of the poems entered in the contest.
Fran Markover - "From the School of Hard Knocks"
POETRY HONORABLE MENTION:
Colleen Carias - "Not"
- The winning, runner-up and honorable-mention poems will be published in the Winter 2016 issue of Able Muse, print edition.
Here are the shortlisted entries, which were good indeed, and top the unusually large number of quality poems that were entered in the competition.
• Renny Golden - "I, Lucy Parsons, Am Still a Rebel"
• D.R. Goodman - "To Masada"
• Elise Hempel - "At Oak Alley"
• Jed Myers - "Mouth"
• David Southward - "Working (It) Out with Teena Marie"
• Judith Terzi - "Apple Pie"
Congratulations to our winner, runner-up, and honorable mention. Well done to the shorlisted entrants. And thank you to everyone who entered.
**NOTE: The results for the 2016 Able Muse Book Award are not yet available. They're expected before yearend.
Subscribe now to Able Muse to read the fine work of the contest winners and finalists in the forthcoming Winter 2016 issue.
Stay tuned for the announcements coming soon for the 2016 Able Muse contests.
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