2017 Contest Results

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No. 28 from Anscoflex series by Paxton Maroney
We are thrilled to publish the winners and runners-up for our 2017 contest in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Congratulations to our winners and our sincere thanks to all who submitted to the competition!

Fiction
Winner: 
“Legion”
Rachel Toliver
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Runner-up: 
“Errands”
Bryna Cofrin-Shaw

Judge:
​Josef  Novakovich
, author, most recently, of the novel Tumbleweed, recipient of a Whiting Award and a finalist for the Man Booker International Prize in 2013. 


Finalists
David Zoby – “Five-Bear Day”
Liz Howey – “The Boy”
Kathryn Takabvirwa – “Maria and the Other Man”

Poetry
Winner:
“The Visible World” 
Jessica Guzman Alderman

Runner-up: 
“Blue”
John Blair

Judge:
Pimone Triplett, author, most recently, of the poetry collection The Price of Light.

Finalists
Kelly Grace Thomas – “Boat/Body”
Kelly Grace Thomas – “Life/Boat”
Kelly Grace Thomas – “Half-Masted”
Samuel Piccone – “Black Velvet”
Kelly Hoffer – “Gladiolus Stem”
Katie Schmid – “Apple Glory”
Forester McClatchey – “The Attractive Ostrich”
Johnson Cheu – “Wail”

Creative Nonfiction
Winner:
“Mirror Finish”
Tara Deal

Runner-up: 

“Real Kid”
Jane Marcellus

​Judge: 
Marcia Aldrich, author, most recently, of Companion to an Untold Story, winner of the 2011 AWP Award in Creative Nonfiction​.

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Finalists
Julialicia Case – “The Stories I Do Not Know For Sure”
Rachael Goldberg – “The Art of Disappearing”
Justin Hunt – “Cold War Prairie”
Debra Marquart – “Side by Side”
Martha Wolfe – “The Reluctant Sexton”