2016 Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists
Apr02

2016 Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists

2016 Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists It was a privilege to read the work of so many talented women. We hope you will join us in celebrating the success of the selected winners and finalists, chosen anonymously by our extraordinary Orlando finalist judge and editor of the upcoming Waves publication, Diane Gilliam! POETRY WINNER: “MOORING THE BOAT TO THE DOCK” by Sarah Black [Birmingham, AL] “Mooring the Boat to the Dock” holds the brutality of history in one hand the work of life in the other. It testifies to the enduring power of the archetypal feminine, ancient and still yet with us “On every given morning.”—Diane Gilliam, Orlando Finalist Judge Poetry Finalists: Mary Salisbury, “Welsh Mare Corralled” Nicole Pekarske, “Aubade” FLASH FICTION WINNER: “REGINA” by Valerie Speedwell [San Francisco, CA] “Regina” creates an unstoppable presence and voice, in a rush of language and rhythm that admits no argument or challenge, despite the obstacles it names. The sheer energy and vitality of the piece is absolutely commanding.—Diane Gilliam, Orlando Finalist Judge Flash Fiction Finalists: Maija Devine, “Ggoma” Meghan Thomas, “The Old Man in the Elevator” SHORT FICTION WINNER: “THOSE EBOLA BURNERS THEM” by Tessa Lunney [Sydney, AUSTRALIA] “Those Ebola Burners Them” takes us into a place of life and death, where heroic choices are made that will never be able to be brought back to the village. The ravages are told in a language stark and poetic, powerful enough to redefine heroism and redemption. —Diane Gilliam, Orlando Finalist Judge Short Fiction Finalists: Lauren Mouat, “I, me, you, she” Carmiel Banasky, “Casements” CREATIVE NONFICTION WINNER: “KEEP CALLING MY NAME: Frogs, circles and climate change” by Jocelyn Edelstein [Milwaukie, OR] “Keep Calling My Name: Frogs, circles and climate change” looks for ways in which some things in the world might still be made right, and finds models in dance, physics, children and frogs. All these are wreathed together through the essay, deftly enacting the kinds of connection and flexibility that just might save us. —Diane Gilliam, Orlando Finalist Judge Creative Nonfiction Finalists: Kelly Jeske, “Burial” Chauna Craig, “A Glittering of Hummingbirds, a Charm”     Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication of her winning piece in Waves: A Confluence of Women’s Voices, Featuring Maxine Hong...

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Fall 2015 Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists
Oct01

Fall 2015 Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists

Fall 2015 Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists It was a privilege to read the work of one-thousand twenty-four talented women. We hope you will join us in celebrating the success of the selected winners and finalists, chosen anonymously by our extraordinary panel of finalist judges! POETRY WINNER: “FLIGHT THEORY” by Allison Adair [Brookline, MA] “The poem pulled me into the poet’s experience from the first two lines: ‘You turn off the lights this time and lie still, a body shifting from its country.’ The writer builds the images and follows them to one surprising, frightful, gorgeous conclusion.”—Poetry Finalist Judge Cheryl Boyce-Taylor Poetry Finalists: Holly Norton, “Tijuana” Emily Cole, “All I Wanted” Elizabeth Hoover, “Resurrection After Hours” FLASH FICTION WINNER: “THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY/STEEL CITY, 1910” by Ingrid Jendrzejewski [Cambridge, UK] “The author…manages to evoke the grittiness and toil of early twentieth century immigrant life and the complexities of gender and desire in a piece filled with magic, lust, and despair. This story won my (far from immaculate) heart.”—Flash Fiction Finalist Judge, Anne Finger Flash Fiction Finalists: Mira Dougherty-Johnson, “The Uncertainty Principle” Elizabeth Turner, “Smalldom” Ona Mirkinson, “Back and Fill”   SHORT FICTION WINNER: “GROW HEAVY” by Leigh Claire Schmidli [Berea, KY] “Subtle, tender, poignant, this story delivers an emotional wallop in just a few pages. A gorgeous evocation of loneliness, of the delicate yearning for connection, for contact, at the same time as it pursues larger notions of manhood. Lovely and deeply memorable.”—Short Fiction Finalist Judge Megan Abbott Short Fiction Finalists: Ellen Perry, “Derby Day” Tracey Taylor, “How the Light Gets In” CREATIVE NONFICTION WINNER: “GONER” by Beth Ann Fennelly [Oxford, MS] “‘Goner’ seamlessly twines together themes of sexual abuse and gender politics. Within these themes, [the author] also uses irony to great effect. This is a winning essay!”—Creative Nonfiction Finalist Judge Sue William Silverman Creative Nonfiction Finalists: Marya Hornbacher, “Rebecca” Holly Stone-Cabe, “Long Days Forgotten and Remembered” Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication of her winning piece in Issue No. 19 of The Los Angeles Review. The next Orlando Prize Competition Deadline is January 31,...

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Spring 2015 Orlando Winners & Finalists
Apr01

Spring 2015 Orlando Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to our Winners & Finalists, and thank you to all who submitted! It was a privilege to read the audacious, compelling, and beautiful work of so many talented women. We hope you will join us in celebrating the success of the selected winners and finalists, chosen anonymously by an extraordinary panel of finalist judges! Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication of her winning piece in Issue No. 18 of The Los Angeles Review. POETRY WINNER: LINDA COOPER, “THE NEW MORRIGAN” “The longing and painful resurgence of the central figure in this poem is drawn for us through action and image. Every word is doing important work. This poem is enchanting, which seems right given its subject(s). The poet uses her lines masterfully, changing and rearranging my perceptions and expectations, renewing tired language and recharging her poem as she moves it down the page.” —Poetry Finalist Judge Camille Dungy Poetry Finalists: Marya Hornbacher, “The Love Poem Part” Lory Bedikian, “Lexicon” FLASH FICTION  WINNER: JUDITH JANEWAY, “THE STREET ARTIST” “A narrator, a place, a past, and a future are crystallized brilliantly in this deceptively brief fiction about a street performer. Long after reading, I found myself shaking my head and asking—“Did that really just happen?”—forgetting that it was only a story.” —Flash Fiction Finalist Judge Joni B. Cole Flash Fiction Finalist: Michelle Wright, “Blow” SHORT FICTION WINNER: ANNA SCOTTI, “THEY LOOK LIKE ANGELS” “‘A great story pulls the twin threads of plot and theme taut from first word to last, and “They Look Like Angels” makes this tautness seem effortless. The spare, simple, straightforward language both impressed and affected me with its restraint. The anguish of the grieving narrator, packed so carefully inside her actions, is almost never seen but emerges in devastating stages as the experience behind those actions is revealed.” —Short Fiction Finalist Judge Aimee Liu Short Fiction Finalists: Lela Stanley, “The Swimmers”  Carlie Sorosiak, “Back to Black: A Cinderella Story” CREATIVE NONFICTION DIANA SPECHLER: “TWELVE PARABLES” “This writer knows exactly what to tell us, and, often more important (and overlooked in CNF) what NOT to, what connections to let up make on our own. The essay is also deeply and darkly funny, but not at the expense of how moving it ultimately is. Bravo!” —Creative Nonfiction Finalist Judge Pam Houston Creative Nonfiction Finalists: Molly Beer, “The Rat” Stacy Muszynski, “Sanctuary” Tessa Fontaine, “Taking in the Sword” Olga Garcia Echeverria, “When Words are Scarce”   The next Orlando Prize Competition Deadline is July 31,...

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Spring 2015 Orlando Prize Deadline, Days Away
Jan27

Spring 2015 Orlando Prize Deadline, Days Away

The Orlando Prize & The Los Angeles Review: A Publishing Platform for Courageous Women Do you have an interesting and unpublished piece of poetry, short fiction, flash fiction, or creative nonfiction? or postmark your submission with cover sheet by Saturday, January 31st Poetry (36 lines) Flash Fiction (500 words) Short Fiction & Creative Nonfiction (1500 words) Read the full interviews and bios of our Spring 2015 Orlando Prize judges by clicking on each photo:   “We need to kick humility to the curb more often and believe that what we want to do with our lives is the most important thing in the world…Don’t be too humble to believe you deserve the best partners in your life.” —Camille Dungy       “The story matters, especially in nonfiction, but I want the language to be more than just a conveyance for meaning. I want the writer to be aware that they are using language. In other words, beauty matters to me, and I love being surprised.” —Pam Houston       “I’m hoping to be inspired by the deftness and beauty of language and the originality of ideas in the submissions. I hope to feel each author’s passion between the lines of prose. And of course, I want to fall in love with the characters and care about their struggles.” —Aimee Liu   “As writers, we are the accumulation of all the writing we have done in our lives. We learn from writing things that work, and we learn just as much from writing things that don’t work.” —Joni B. Cole, from Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and...

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Fall 2014 Orlando Winners & Finalists
Sep24

Fall 2014 Orlando Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to our Winners & Finalists, and thank you to all who submitted! It was a privilege to read the audacious, compelling, and beautiful work of so many talented women. We hope you will join us in celebrating the success of the selected winners and finalists, chosen by an extraordinary panel of finalist judges! Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication of her winning piece in Issue No. 17 of The Los Angeles Review. POETRY WINNER: DENISE LETO, “LAKE AS BODY” “I love the play of the biological, anatomical, and marine references and the mixed references to geography and Christianity with the most subtle eroticism, ‘writing notes with her other hand: desire.’  For the poem is desire, and is sometimes the fulfillment of desire.   But also end, loss, death as the body gives itself back to where it was born–perhaps.”–Poetry Finalist Judge Cheryl Clark Poetry Finalists: Emily Cole, “Allegheny County, 1888, Ava Remembers Her Canaries” Marjorie Weinman, “Untitled” (“At the sandbox or the Gotham…”) Christine Larusso, “Purlsprung” SHORT FICTION  WINNER: MICHELLE WRIGHT, “MOON SHINY NIGHT” “It’s so hard to create a world and draw living characters and make the reader feel something, all in just a few short pages–“Moon Shiny Night” did all of this beautifully.”–Short Fiction Finalist Judge Vanessa Diffenbaugh Short Fiction Finalist: Ashley Hutson, “Child’s Play on a Summer Afternoon” FLASH FICTION WINNER: LISA NIKOLIDAKIS, “THE SPINNING FIELD” “‘The Spinning Field’ brings the reader immediately and viscerally into the world of the alien among us – the outsider, the immigrant, the ostracized…For its pitch-perfect voice, succinct yet compelling details, and total honesty (even when it ain’t pretty), ‘The Spinning Field’ has the mark of a writer to watch!”–Flash Fiction Finalist Judge Kristen Wolf Flash Fiction Finalist: Ann Lightcap Bruno: “Apocalypse 1983” CREATIVE NONFICTION WINNER: JULIA LAXER: “LETTER TO MY SISTER IN A MENTAL HOSPITAL” “I was deeply impressed by the author’s assured and skillful combination of poetry and prose to convey a lifetime of emotions into a concise, densely packed narrative structure.”–CNF Finalist Judge Deborah Feldman Creative Nonfiction Finalists: “Rain Wright Cannon, “A Way with Water” Kathryn Winograd, “Confessions of a Memoirist”   The next Orlando Prize Competition Deadline is January 31, 2015.  Finalist judges will be Aimee Liu (Short Fiction), Joni B. Cole (Flash Fiction), Camille Dungy (Poetry), and Pam Houston (Creative...

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Spring 2014 Orlando Winners & Finalists
Apr01

Spring 2014 Orlando Winners & Finalists

Congratulations to our Winners & Finalists, and thank you to all who submitted! As always, we were honored by the chance to read the audacious, compelling, and beautiful words of so many talented women. We are grateful to all who submitted and privileged to honor those whose work merits special recognition at this time. We hope you will join us in celebrating their successes, and we wish everyone who applied boldness and perseverance in the effort to find your words the publication, audience, and appreciation they deserve. Each winner will receive $1,000 and publication of her winning piece in Issue No. 16 of The Los Angeles Review. POETRY WINNER: LAURA LAUTH, “MASS GRAVE, UKRAINE” “Last summer, while researching another poem, I found articles describing two early twentieth-century genocides, both of which took place in the ancient Ukrainian city of Vinnytsia…There was a photograph: I couldn’t turn away; we forget so easily, and I wanted to remember.” Poetry Finalists: Helen Chinitz, “What You Erase Knits Back Together” Suellen Wedmore, “After Twenty Years Working Without a Contract, Ida Considers Addressing the Superintendent of Lighthouses” SHORT FICTION  WINNER: KATIE UMANS, “THE BANSHEE AND THE CHEF”  “I think the story quickly became more about how any young woman struggles to find her vocation and her passions in the midst of competing interests – including the expectations of parents and the new and powerful romantic idealization of her by men.” Short Fiction Finalists: Elizabeth Cummins Munoz, “Beasts” Elizabeth Dickinson, “A Modern Girls Guide to Childbirth” FLASH FICTION WINNER: CAITLIN SCARANO, “OF POSSIBLE WAR”  “‘Of Possible War’ is an experiment, a love story, an exploration into the subconscious minds and desires of two unnamed characters, and a meditation on grief and suicide.”    Flash Fiction Finalists: Marytza Rubio, “Instructions for Assembling a Paper Crane” Jasmine Sawers, “Once Upon a Time in an Orchard” CREATIVE NONFICTION WINNER: KATE ANGUS, “WHAT YOU AREN’T ALLOWED TO SAY” “My piece is essentially about how much power things accrue by being kept secret, particularly the things we feel shame about–it’s as if that silence turns us back into terrified children who mistake shadows in the corner of the room for monsters.” Creative Nonfiction Finalists: Cassie Tunick, “The 13th hour of the 26th day” Paula Carter, “Ictalurus Punctatus”   The next Orlando Prizes Competition Deadline is July 31st, 2014.  Finalist judges will be Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Short Fiction), Kristen Wolf (Flash Fiction), Cheryl Clarke (Poetry), and Deborah Feldman (Creative...

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$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship
Feb23

$10,000 Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship

A Room of Her Own is pleased to announce the Shakespeare’s Sister Playwriting Fellowship, an unparalleled opportunity for a woman playwright  living in the United States to hone her craft and develop a new play in the course of a year-long engagement with three world-class organizations. In addition to $10,000 the cash prize, the winner will be awarded a residency with the Hedgebrook community in the spring of 2015, a spot in AROHO’s biennial Retreat for Women Writers at Ghost Ranch in August 2015, and a project residency with the Lark Play Development Center in the fall. All travel expenses will be covered. Developed in order to nurture the generation and development of new work by female playwrights, supporting the winner from inspiration all the way to working with professional actors and directors to realize that vision, the Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship will join the ranks of AROHO’s other coveted awards—including the $50,000 Gift of Freedom, the $1,000 To the Lighthouse Poetry Publication Prize, and the Orlando Prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The fellowship’s creator and mentor is Ellen McLaughlin, original “Angel in America,” renowned playwright, and long-time AROHO advisor.  In A Room of One’s Own, Virginia Woolf writes, “if we have the habit of freedom and the courage to write exactly what we think, then the opportunity will come and the dead poet who was Shakespeare’s sister will put on the body which she has so often laid down.” The Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship seeks to establish that habit of freedom, to make possible that courage. The fellowship will be awarded to one woman on the basis of merit and readiness to commit to writing a play during the fellowship year. The deadline for the first round of applications is July 31st.  In addition to a few short essay responses, applicants must submit an excerpt from a full-length play. The excerpt and any explanatory material are not to exceed 30 pages. Successful applicants will be asked to submit another written response and the full-length play (from which the first 30 page excerpt was taken) by September 1st. The winner will be announced on November 1st. Click here for more submission guidelines and to...

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New Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prize
Jan22

New Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prize

A Room of Her Own  is pleased to announce the Clarissa Dalloway “everything but poetry” Book Prize. The new prize will award  $1,000 and publication to one previously unpublished prose manuscript by a woman writer. Accepted genres will include but are not limited to memoir, biography, novel or novella, young adult literature, and graphic novels.   Developed in order to celebrate a variety of voice and style in women’s writing, the Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize will join the ranks of AROHO’s other coveted awards—including the $50,000 Gift of Freedom, the $1,000 To the Lighthouse Poetry Book Prize, and the Orlando Prizes in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The annual submission deadline for the new prize is April 1st. Click here for submission guidelines and to...

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Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists Spring 2012
Jun22

Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists Spring 2012

Orlando Poetry Prize Winner Megan Alpert, “crafting” Finalists Edith Walden, “Song in Seven Parts” Laura Juliet Wood, “Late Summer Garden” Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize Winner Flynn Berry, “Surfing” Finalists Daisy Hernandez, “Stories She Tells Us” Adriana Paramo, “Girl in Red Stilettos Getting Drunk in Ashgabat” Orlando Short Fiction Prize Winner Karin Davidson, “The Geography of First Kisses” Finalist Anne Dimock, “Iceland Josh” Dolores Walshe, “The Gift” Orlando Flash Fiction Prize Winner Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, “The Smell of Other People’s Houses” Finalists Mallory Hellman, “October, Forest River”  Mariahadessa Tallie, “untitled”   eMessage Winners: Elena Georgiou, Jean LoPorto, Amalia Melis, Suzanne Roberts   Winning entries were published in the 12th volume (Fall 2012) issue of the Los Angeles...

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Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists Fall 2012
Jun22

Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists Fall 2012

Orlando Poetry Prize Winner Marilyn McCabe, “On Hearing the Call to Prayer Over the Marcellus Shale on Easter Morning” Finalists Mary-Kim Arnold, “This is for the Sad Girls” Karen Mcpherson, “Bantam Sampling: Prospect Mountain Road” Erin Radcliffe, “Pishing” Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize Winner Ellen Smith, “The Locust: A Foundational Narrative” Finalists Jennifer Simpson, “After, We Were Birds” Jennifer Bird, “Searching For the Kumari Living Goddess” Orlando Short Fiction Prize Winner Sarah Elizabeth Schantz, “Sister” Finalist Amina Gautier, “Bodega” Marytza Rubio, “Brujeria for Beginners” Orlando Flash Fiction Prize Winner Annie Dawid, “Nitza Kosher Pizza” Finalists Audrey Berry, “French Apartment”  Patricia Hanahoe-Dosch, “Sighting Bia” Kate Rutledge Jaffe, “P e o p l e D i e”   Winning entries were published in the 13th volume (Spring 2013) of the Los Angeles...

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Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists Spring 2013
Jun22

Orlando Prize Winners & Finalists Spring 2013

After reviewing all entries to the Orlando Prizes contest, we want to commend each and every writer who submitted. There were so many fabulous pieces with so much to say, and so many fresh and innovative ways of communicating your courageous material. We truly wish we could work with each of you to see these pieces come to publication. For now, let us just say, with deepest sincerity, well done, and keep going! Orlando Poetry Prize Winner Abby Chew, “Storm” Finalists Barbara Rockman, “Onto Her Tattooed Back, Bedtime Story I Tell My Daughter” Jana Branch, The Trouble with Predicting the Apocalypse” Rosa Lane, “The Pond” Orlando Creative Nonfiction Prize Winner Bridgett Jensen, “Lift” Finalists Marlene Samuels, “The Pretending Suitcase Game” Malka Older, “El ahogado más hermoso del mundo” Katherine Standefer, “Dear Husband,” Orlando Short Fiction Prize Winner Katherine Van Dis, “Our Lady of Sorrows” Finalists Sandra Graves, “Separation” Mary Luttrell, “Elephant Falling” Orlando Flash Fiction Prize Winner Helen Jones, “The Boardwalk, 1969” Finalist Amanda Fletcher, “Right” Congratulations to all our winners and finalists! Winning entries will be published in an upcoming issue of the Los Angeles Review.   The Fall 2013 Orlando Cycle Begins April 15 Online Application Deadline July 31,...

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