August 13, 2010

Winners of annual literary contests announced

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The editorial staff of Crab Orchard Review, the literary magazine of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, this week announced the winners of three annual literary contests.

• Jack Dyer Fiction Prize -- “Mutare” by Greta Schuler (Washington, D.C.). Finalists were “Strip Mine” by E. Farrell and “Inheritance” by Julia Philips.

• John Guyon Literary Nonfiction Prize -- “Flight from Hungary” by Erika Giles of Mercer Island, Wash. Finalists were “Another Day at the Beach” by Jessica Hendry Nelson and “The Beginning” by Rudolf Ogoo Okonkwo.

• Richard Peterson Poetry Prize -- Three poems by Catherine Anderson of Kansas City, Mo., “The Corner,” “Skeletons Trying to Warm Themselves,” and “The Men Wore Hats.” Finalists were Julie Hanson with three poems, “In the Garden of Dr. Sun Yat-Sen,” “Covenant,” and “My Job as a Child,” and three poems by Nancy Pearson, “Blackberries,” “Abrams Creek,” and “Lullaby.”

Contest winners receive a cash award of $1,500. Their winning entries will appear in the Winter/Spring 2011 issue of Crab Orchard Review. That issue will also include an announcement of finalists. Finalists’ work may also appear in the issue. Finalists will receive a minimum payment of $150 if they opt for publication in the magazine. Payment is typically $25 per published page.

The Crab Orchard Review editorial staff acted as judges for this literary contest. Carolyn Alessio, prose editor, was the final judge for fiction and for literary nonfiction. Allison Joseph, editor and poetry editor for the magazine, as well as director of the master of fine arts in creative writing program at SIUC, was the final judge for poetry.

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