2016 Able Muse Write Prize: Contest Winners Announcement

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Able Muse Write Prize, 2011 Winners
~ Able Muse Write Prize (for Poetry & Fiction) ~
2016 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
Victoria Mlyniec
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
Scott Ruescher
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 MarkoverFran Markover - "From the School of Hard Knocks"



Colleen CariasColleen 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.

Melissa Cannon - "Accounts"
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.

The new issue of Able Muse: Summer 2016

The new issue of Able Muse - Print Editon (Number 21 - Summer 2016), has recently been released, with order/subscription information (for print & Kindle, NOOK, Kobo & iBooks editions), with online excerpts and the subscribers' online edition at: www.AbleMuse.com

Featured Poet: Amanda Jernigan
Featured Artist: Andy Biggs

Able Muse, Number 21 - Summer 2016

editorial: Alexander Pepple featured artist: Andy Biggs featured poet: Amanda Jernigan (interviewed by Ange Mlinko) • fiction:Andrew Valentine, Terri Brown-Davidson, John Christopher Nelson, Timothy Reilly essays: Ron McFarland, N.S. Thompson, Barbara Haas book reviews: Amit Majmudar, John Ellis poetry: Midge Goldberg, Jean L. Kreiling, Sankha Ghosh, Timothy Murphy, Pedro Poitevin, Joseph Hutchison, Pierre de Ronsard, Heinrich Heine, Catharine Savage Brosman, Rachel Hadas, Stephen Palos, Bruce Bennett, Doris Watts, Jeanne Emmons.
With special thanks for an outstanding new issue to -- Stephen Kampa, Callie Siskel, Richard Meyer, Nicole Caruso Garcia (Assistant Poetry Editors); Robert B. Shaw, N.S. Thompson (Nonfiction Editors);  Karen Kevorkian (Fiction Editor); Jonathan Danielson, Janice D. Soderling, Rob Wright (Assistant Fiction Editors).

Alex Pepple, Editor

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