2019 Able Muse Write Prize: Contest Winners Announcement

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Able Muse Write Prize, 2019 Winners
~ Able Muse Write Prize (for Poetry & Fiction) ~
2019 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, Jacob M. Appel  for fiction, and Erica Dawson for poetry). The winning writer and the winning poet will each receive a $500 prize.

Write Prize (for Fiction), Final Judge: Jacob M. Appel

Erin Russell

   FICTION WINNER: Erin Russell - "To the Bottleneck Fiction"

Here is what Jacob M. Appel has to say about Erin Russell's winning story:

"'To the Bottleneck' is a story as gripping as it is haunting—a mysterious foray into the human psyche and into a compact universe of unknown surprises. At its core, the piece is a tale of mother and child, the latter's distinctive voice authentic in every syllable. Rarely have I encountered a world so alien and simultaneous so familiar to my own. Genuine magic from the pen of a gifted literary sorcerer."

The winning story will be published in the Winter 2019 issue of Able Muse, print edition. (No other entry in the fiction category achieved selection for publication.)



Luke Tennis - "Starfish"



Rachel Cochran - "Knock on Graves and Quicken the Dead"
Samuel Cronin - "The Woodnote"
Ben Orlando - "Acceptance"

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Write Prize (for Poetry), Final Judge: Erica Dawson

David MacRae Landon

POETRY WINNER: David MacRae Landon - "Waiting for the Angel"

Here is what Erica Dawson has to say about David MacRae Landon's winning poem:

"With a keen eye for detail, the author invites us into the intimate world of family relationships where even the smallest of moments means a great deal. There's music in the blank verse as the author reminds us just how much we need poems that warm the heart."



Amy Bagan - "Dear Sonnet,"
Miriam O'Neal - "Postcard, Vermont"
Beth Paulson - "Paradox"

- The winning and finalists' poems will be published in the Winter 2019 issue of Able Muse, print edition.



• Austin Allen - "The Commander’s Dream"
• Cynthia L Erlandson - "Diamond Anniversary: For Better, For Worse"
• David Stephenson
- "Combine"
J. C. Todd - "This one’s the airman"
Barbara Ungar - "Average Monkey"

Congratulations to our winner, finalists, and honorable mention: well done to all! And thank you to everyone who entered.

**NOTE: The results for the 2019 Able Muse Book Award will be announced soon.

Subscribe now to Able Muse to read the fine work of the contest winners and finalists in the forthcoming Winter 2019 issue.

Stay tuned for the announcements coming soon for the 2020 Able Muse contests.

The new issue of Able Muse: Summer 2019

The new issue of Able Muse - Print Editon (Number 26 - Summer 2019), 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: Matthew Buckley Smith
Featured Art: A Couples Theme

Able Muse, Number 26 - Summer 2017

editorial:Alexander Pepple featured art: A Couples Theme featured poet: Matthew Buckley Smith (interviewed by Joanna Pearson) • fiction: Anthony J. Otten, Claudette E. Sutton essays: Stella Pye, Michael Cohen, Sam Aaron Morgan book reviews: Brooke Clark poetry: Amit Majmudar, Gabriel Spera, Lynn Marie Houston, Maryann Corbett, D. R. Goodman, Heinrich Heine, Terese Coe, Andrew Firsardi, Alexis Sears, Ann M. Thompson, Melissa Cannon, David Allen Sullivan, Rob Wright.
With special thanks for an outstanding new issue to--Nicole Caruso Garcia, Susan de Sola, Scott M. Miller (Assistant Poetry Editors); N.S. Thompson (Nonfiction Editor);  Karen Kevorkian (Fiction Editor); Cheryl Diane Kidder, Rob Wright (Assistant Fiction Editors).

Alex Pepple, Editor

. . . read more

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