Winners of the 2018 Writing Contest
Congratulations to the winners!
Fiction (Judge – Regina Marler)
1st Place: Connie Corzilius Spasser: For Want of Other Worlds
2nd Place: Marie Baleo: Desert Animals
3rd Place: Rachel Hughes: Hinterland
Honorable Mention: Atossa Shafaie: Wheat to Bread
Nonfiction (Judge – Katie Hafner)
1st Place: Cinthia Ritchie: Eating
2nd Place: Kathye Petrie: Still Life With Books
3rd Place: Stacey Megally: Molting
Poetry (Judge – Carol Smallwood)
1st Place: Eve Brouwer: First Ladies, m. 1963-d.1976
2nd Place: La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson: Once I Had a Name
3rd Place: Anne Casey: Still I Rise
Honorable Mention: Elisabeth Bassin: Supposed to Be
Young Adult (Judge – Tanya Egan Gibson)
1st Place: Bonnie Waltch: Finding Black Jaguar
2nd Place: Lisa Bradley: The Things We Wish to Keep
3rd Place: Laura Picklesimer: A Fire Ignited
Honorable Mention: Renee Roberson: The Name You’re Not Supposed to Call Women
The awards include $250 cash prizes for the winner in each category and publication in The Bookwoman, the official publication of Women’s National Book Association.
Categories and Judges
Carol Smallwood. One of Carol Smallwood’s over five dozen anthologies, Women on Poetry: Tips on writing, revising, publishing and teaching, is on Poets & Writers Magazine’s List of Best Books for writers. Her latest is Library Outreach to Writers and Poets: Interviews and case studies of cooperation (McFarland, 2017). A multiple Pushcart nominee, she has served as reader, reviewer, interviewer, and judge and has received various recognitions such as a National Federation of State Poetry Societies Award.
Regina Marler. After Editing Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell, Ms. Marler wrote Bloomsbury Pie: The Making of the Bloomsbury Boom, and edited Queer Beats: How the Beats Turned America on to Sex. Her fiction has appeared in North American Review, Carolina Quarterly, and elsewhere. Her story, She has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, Amazon.com, and the Advocate and currently contributes to the New York Times Book Review, the TLS, and the Signet Classics series. Recent essays include the Cambridge Companion to Bloomsbury, Queer Bloomsbury, and forthcoming: Oxford Guide to Virginia Woolf.
Katie Hafner. She has been writing for The New York Times since 1991. She has also written for The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Wired, The New Republic, and O, the Oprah Magazine. Her books include Cyberpunk: Outlaws and hackers on the computer frontier (with John Markoff), Where Wizards Stay Up Late: The origins of the internet (with Matthew Lyon), and others. Her most recent book Mother Daughter Me, a memoir about multigenerational living, was published in 2013 by Random House.
Tanya Egan Gibson. Her debut novel, How to Buy A Love of Reading, was published by Dutton in May 2009. An alumna of Squaw Valley Community of Writers, she is mother to a four-year-old who produces countless construction paper “books” that she insists Mommy “get published” and an infant whose favorite teether is HTBALOR, and wife to the most patient man in the universe.
2017 WNBA Writing Contest Winners
1st Place: Stacey Balkun, “”When I am Red and the Moon Full”
2nd Place: Alice Osborn, “Southern Ice Storm”
3rd Place: Andrea Young, “Aleppo”
Honorable Mention: Anna Hernandez-French, “At Sea”
1st Place: Robyn Corum, “Coffin-Maker”
2nd Place: Karin Fuller, “Dancing on a Stump”
3rd Place: Christine Eskilson, “Taking Care of Harry”
Honorable Mention: Patty Somlo, “Since Letitia Williams Saw Jesus”
1st Place: Jean Choy Tate, “White Woman Passes”
2nd Place: Nicole Ayers, “Pink Hats”
3rd Place: Sarah Birnbach, “Climbing Back Up”
Honorable Mention: Joanne Godley, “Doubling Back”
Congratulations to all the winners, and thank you to all who submitted their work!
And thank you to our distinguished panel of judges.
2017 WNBA Writing Contest Judges
Brenda Knight began her career at HarperCollins, working with luminaries Marianne Williamson,Huston Smith and Paolo Coelho. Knight served as publisher of Cleis Press and was awarded IndieFab’s Publisher of the Year in 2014. Knight is the author of Wild Women and Books, Be a Good in the World, and Women of the Beat Generation, which won an American Book Award. Publishing Advisor to Mango Media, she also serves as President of the Womens’ National Book Association, San Francisco Chapter.
Ellen Urbani is the author of the novel Landfall, a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection set in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Her work has been profiled in the
Oscar-qualified short documentary film Paint Me a Future. A Southern expat now residing in Oregon, her pets will always be dawgs and her truest allegiance will always reside with the Crimson Tide.
Linda Joy Myers is president and founder of the National Association of Memoir Writers. Her memoir Don’t Call Me Mother—A Daughter’s Journey from Abandonment to Forgiveness was a finalist in the ForeWord Book of the Year Award, a finalist in the IndieExcellence Awards, and won the BAIPA Gold Medal award.Linda offers workshops internationally, and helps people capture their stories through coaching, editing, and online workshops.
The WNBA Annual Writing Competition Chairperson is Joan Gelfand, founder of the contest and contest Chair. Joan is a poet with three volumes of poetry, winner of a short fiction award and novelist. She blogs for the Huffington Post and is a member of Bay Area Travel Writers. If you have an interest in advertising the contest to your English department, journal or group or would like to participate as a judge, please contact Joan Gelfand: [email protected]