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MAR announces 2010-2011 literary competition winners

Posted by bgsuenglish on April 15, 2011

The Editors of Mid-American Review have announced the winners of their 2010-2011 literary competitions.

Katie Umans of Dover, New Hampshire, is this year’s winner of the James Wright Poetry Award for her poem “Forecast.” In addition to “Forecast,” Umans’ “The Body Near Paintings” will be published as an Editor’s Choice. The contest was adjucated by Rachel Zucker, whose most recent books are Home Birth: A Poemic (co-written with Arielle Greenberg, 2011) and Museum of Accidents (Wave Books 2009).

Three additional authors and their works were also recognised: Michele Battiste, “In the House”; Lauren Jensen, “It’s hard as so much is”; and Melanie McCabe, “Beneath the Code.”

Lydia Fitzpatrick of Madison, Wsconsin, was announced as this year’s winner of the Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award for her story “Flood Lines.” The judge for this year’s contest was Benjamin Percy, whose forthcoming novel Red Moon (Grand Central/Hachette 2012) is also being adapted for film by the Gotham Group. Four additional authors and their works were also recognised and submitted to the judge as finalists: Shannon Robinson, “All Her Martyr’d Signs”; Lones Seiber, “Goodbye, God; I’m Going to California”; Heather A. Slomski, “Iris and the Inevitable Sorrow or The Knock at the Door”; and Kayla Soyer-Stein, “I Like Pickup Trucks.”

All winners and editors’ choices will be published in MAR‘s forthcoming spring issue, due out in early June. Each winner will also receive $1,000.

The Editors would like to thank everyone who entered the competition for their interest and support. The contests serve as healthy competition amongst writers in honor of each competition’s namesake, plus provide funds for publishing Mid-American Review, a non-profit literary endeavor.

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