2018 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, Bret Lott for fiction, and J. Allyn Rosser for poetry). The winning writer and the winning poet will each receive a $500 prize.Write Prize (for Fiction), Final Judge: Bret Lott
FICTION WINNER: Anthony J. Otten - "Vigil"
Here is what Bret Lott has to say about Anthony J. Otten's winning story:
"The Vigil" does what great short short stories do: Through the smallest of apertures, we have rendered for us an entire world, whole and broken at once. We don’t read small things for small things. We read them because we hope they will offer a far greater return than what they might seem, in their few words, to offer. This story of guilt, of confession, and of the residual terror of oppression—this matter of life and death and the way one's world can explode within the smallest moments of revelation—is a terrific piece that shows us the quiet majesty of story itself.
The winning story will be published in the Winter 2018 issue of Able Muse, print edition. (No other entry in the fiction category achieved selection for publication.)
• Claudette E. Sutton - "A Man of Fewer Words"
Here is what Bret Lott has to say about Claudette E. Sutton's runner-up story:
"A Man of Fewer Words," with its embrace of the power of words even when one eschews using them, is a funny and sweetly moving love story that steals up unawares to surprise the reader with its mercy and patience and heart. Martin's litany of his life to his falling-asleep wife shows us the importance of words to our lives no matter what.
The runner-up story will be published in the Winter 2018 issue of Able Muse, print edition.
• Russell Bittner - "Allegory"
• Chelsea Catherine - "f*cker"
• Lisa Clark - "Disembodied"
• Ashley Cowger - "Rapunzel and the Witch"
• Mark Seiler - "All About the Benjamins"
• Mark Wagenaar - "The Name"
• Rob Wright - "Pitching In"
* * * *Write Prize (for Poetry), Final Judge: J. Allyn Rosser
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Here is what J. Allyn Rosser has to say about Lynn Marie Houston's winning poem:
“Wildfire” is a poem that rampages through the emotional and geographical territory of two lovers, chronicling a trajectory that parallels subsequent fires occurring in the cities they passed through. The love between them ultimately burns out “like every other commitment oversimplified by desire.” This poem dramatizes in a blast of persuasive, literally searing detail the chaotic energy of a relationship gone wrong. It is rich with vivid imagery, and its narrative rides on its own melting, as Frost said of an ice cube on a hot stove. The reader is swept along in the story of a love that consumes everything in its path, leaving in its wake burning cities and ashen hindsight.
• D. R. Goodman - "Moorings"
Gabriel Spera - "A Cormorant in Yangshuo"
- The winning, runner-up, and finalists' poems will be published in the Winter 2018 issue of Able Muse, print edition.
Here are the shortlisted entries, listed in the order of the final judge, J. Allyn Rosser, ranking (these were good indeed, and top the unusually large number of quality poems that were entered in the competition).
• (2) Ann Thompson - "Connecticut, After Dark"
• (3) Melissa Cannon - "Memento Mori"
• (4) Rob Wright - "Somerset, 1972"
• (5) Fullamusu Bangura - "I’m so tired of almost crying on the train"
- Some of the poems in the shortlist will be selected for publication in the Winter 2018 issue of Able Muse, print edition.
• Gudrun Bortman - "Elegy to Cold Spring Canyon"
• Debra Bruce - "Diversity: A Love Poem"
• Melissa Cannon - "Mammo"
• Catherine Chandler - "North on 81"
• Sean M. Damlos-Mitchell - "Space Oddities"
• Sara O Fetherolf - "Drowning"
• Wendy Chapin Ford - "Times Hard Beyond Telling: Kansas, 1874"
• Jed Myers - "Temple of Late Snow"
• Jordan Smith - "Marginalia"
Congratulations to our winner, runner-up, shortlist, and honorable mention: well done to all! And thank you to everyone who entered.
**NOTE: The results for the 2018 Able Muse Book Award will be announced soon.
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Stay tuned for the announcements coming soon for the 2019 Able Muse contests.
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