2017 Able Muse Write Prize: Contest Winners Announcement

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Able Muse Write Prize, 2011 Winners
~ Able Muse Write Prize (for Poetry & Fiction) ~
2017 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, Jill Alexander Essbaum  for fiction, and Annie Finch for poetry). The winning writer and the winning poet will each receive a $500 prize.

Write Prize (for Fiction), Final Judge: Jill Alexander Essbaum
Leslie Jill Patterson
FICTION WINNER: Leslie Jill Patterson - "Target"

Here is what Jill Alexander Essbaum has to say about Leslie Jill Patterson's winning story:

    "Target," is a compelling, relevant story. On one level it's a study in quietly placed wistfulness, placing the reader in its center. The author creates a space that facilitates an experience of empathy. On another level, it's a profound exposé of why we make the choices we make, and how, in the face of consequence we are able—when we are able—to make peace with these choices.

The winning story will be published in the Winter 2017 issue of Able Muse, print edition. (No other entry in the fiction category achieved selection for publication.)


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Silvia DiPierdomenico - "The Ledger"



Phylis Campbell Dryden - "Woman-with-Bump-on-Her-Nose"
Scott William Woods - "It’s Not Even Past"

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Write Prize (for Poetry), Final Judge: Annie Finch
D. R. Goodman
POETRY WINNER: D. R. Goodman - "Fall Rewinding"

Here is what Annie Finch has to say about D. R. Goodman's winning poem:

    “Fall Rewinding” navigates edges: fall and winter, past and present, forward and back, whimsy and seriousness, outer and inner landscape. The poem’s imagery and thought interpenetrate its physical pattern so that it’s hard to imagine it taking any other shape; the sonnet becomes a necessary vehicle for exploration. Does the first stanza actually reverse the flow of meaning— the way the leaves reverse the flow of time—only to surrender again during the second stanza? This attentive, compelling, and mysterious work of poetry invites such possibilities, changing and evolving on repeated readings, to become ours as well.


Scott Ruescher - "The Orchard"
Ann M. Thompson - "The Bath"
Rob Wright - "She asked if I could talk about my past"

- The winning, finalists' poems will be published in the Winter 2017 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 - "Letter to an Urn"
Cally Conan-Davies - "The Bastard Wing"
D.G. Geis - "Buzzards"
D.G. Geis - "Magic"
D. R. Goodman - "Meditations on Urban Deer"
Gabriel Spera - "Dishwasher"

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 2017 Able Muse Book Award are not yet available. They're expected soon.

Subscribe now to Able Muse to read the fine work of the contest winners and finalists in the forthcoming Winter 2017 issue.

Stay tuned for the announcements coming soon for the 2017 Able Muse contests.

The new issue of Able Muse: Summer 2017

The new issue of Able Muse - Print Editon (Number 23 - Summer 2017), 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: Emily Grosholz
Featured Art: A Zebra Theme

Able Muse, Number 23 - Summer 2017

editorial:Alexander Pepple featured art: A Zebra Theme featured poet: Emily Grosholz (interviewed by Mark Jarman) • fiction: Tom Larsen, Israel A. Bonilla, Bruce Johnson essays: Laura DiCarlo Short memoirs: David Larsen book reviews: Brooke Clark poetry: Frederick Wilbur, Roy Bentley, Aaron Poochigian, Catharine Savage Brosman, Terese Coe, William Conelly, Horace, Ryan Wilson, Francesco Petrarca, Lee Harlin Bahan, Tatiana Forero Puerta.
With special thanks for an outstanding new issue to --Nicole Caruso Garcia, Susan de Sola, Scott M. Miller (Assistant Poetry Editors); Robert B. Shaw, N.S. Thompson (Nonfiction Editors);  Karen Kevorkian (Fiction Editor); Cheryl Diane Kidder, Janice D. Soderling, Rob Wright (Assistant Fiction Editors).

Alex Pepple, Editor

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