Past Winners

2018 Contest Winners

(The winning entries will be featured on our website this summer)

Poetry
WINNER: “Date Paintings” by Julie Moon
Runner-Up: “Fragments Torn From Sky” by Rob Shapiro

Prose
WINNER: “The Roof of the World (Part 1)” by Claire O’Connor
Runner-Up: “Don’t Know Tough” by Eli Cranor

Audio Documentary
WINNER: “sobre la guayaba y la gente gay” by Stefania Gomez
Runner-Up: “Let It Beep” by Mark Bramhill

Humor
WINNER: “Book Club” by Adam Frick
Runner-Up: “Black Folks Ain’t Always Late” by Jonathan Samuel Eddie

2017 Contest Winners

Poetry
WINNER: “Crossings” by Michael Jennings
Runner-Up: Poetry selections by Ingrid Wendt

Prose
WINNER: “Appalachian Sprung” by Mariflo Stephens
Runner-Up: “Does a Semiotic Dog Bite?” by Jill Morstad

Audio Documentary
WINNER: “Short of Breath” by Ryan Sweikert
Runner-Up: “Send Me Your Location” by Andrea Rangecroft

Humor
WINNER: “Toccata” by Mira Burt-Wintonick and Cristal Duhaime
Runner-Up: “How to Write a Poem That Costs You $175,000 Plus the Lady” by Aaron McKain

2016 Contest Winners

Poetry
WINNER: “Watch Us Elocute” by Marcus Wicker
Runner-Up: “Picasso Baby” by Fable the Poet

Prose
WINNER: “Two Worlds” by Ingrid Rojas Contreras
Runner-Up: “The Sitter Dispatch” by Dennis Funk and Maya Goldberg-Safir

Documentary
WINNER: “Crying Dry Tears” by Ibby Caputo
Runner-Up: “South Florida’s Graffiti Problem in the ‘90s Had an Emblem: Crook Crime”  by Julia Duba

Humor
WINNER: “Yoga Dogs” by Colleen Pellessier
Runner-Up: “Bek Mekages: The Mystery of Sunny Delight (Part 1)” by Nathan Blanchard

2015 Contest Winners

Poetry
WINNER: “Notes on his poems by a guy who observed them in their natural habitat” by Kevin McIlvoy
Runner-Up: “Thresher” by Kai Carlson-Wee (with music by Channing Showalter)

Prose
WINNER: “Leaving Los Angeles” by Alison Byrne
Runner-Up: “Vox Rex” by Robert Morgan Fisher

Documentary
WINNER: “Lance and Nina: A Story of Addiction and Redemption” by Karen Brown
Runner-Up: “Heartland, Missouri” by Abigail Keel

Humor
WINNER: “Chicken Cutlets, Cleavage & Compromise” by Jaime Lowe
Runner-Up: “This is how I thought things were done…sorry” by Erin Drew

2014 Contest Winners

Poetry
WINNER: “Diary of Collected Summers” by Sam Roderick Roxas-Chua

Runner-Up: Poetry selections by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie

Prose
WINNER: Steve De Jarnatt’s short story “Eggtooth

Runner-Up: Joshua Wheeler’s radio essay “Ugly Pew

Documentary
WINNER: Abby Wendle and Sarah Geis for “To be Normal

Runner-Up: Diane Hope for “Lonely Nights

2013 Contest Winners

Poetry
WINNER: Laurel Bastian for her poem “We All Want Out of this Play

Runner-Up: Henry Finch for his poem “Key Largo

Prose
WINNER: Anna Vodicka for her essay “In Search of Magic Kingdoms

Documentary
WINNER: “The Storm” Produced by Kenny Malone and the WLRN-Miami Herald News team

Runner-Up: “Teen Contender” Produced by Joe Richman, Sue Jaye Johnson and Samara Freemark, Edited by Deborah George and Ben Shapiro with Marianne McCune

2012 Contest Winners

Poetry
WINNER: Chloe Honum for her poem “Spring

Runner-Up: Elijah Burrell, “RC and Little Faye” and “Change of Song”

Prose
WINNER: Beth Morgan for her story “Sanderstown Testimonials

Runner-Up: Daniel DiStefano, “The New Neighbor in Barnum and Bailey Retirement City

Documentary
WINNER: Emma Weatherill for her documentary “Nuns on Trial

Runner-Up: Rachel Coonce, “A Brief Investigation into the Origins of a Cookie Memory

2011 Contest Winners

Poetry
WINNER: Greg Brownderville for his poem “Sex and Pentacost

First Runner-Up:
Katie Schmid for her poem “Bird Heart

Finalists:
Henry Finch, “Continuous Form
Kate Asche, “Know/Don’t Know

Prose
WINNER: Rachel Yoder for her essay “I’m White and I’m Mennonite

First Runner-Up:
Bill Ratner for his essay “The Archiving of an I Love Lucy Bit-Part Player

Finalists: 
Claire Noble, “State-Sponsored Sex
Katie McMurran and Heidi Darchuk, “Arrowhead Lake
Kathleen G. White, “About the Weather
Ken Cormier, “A Day in the Life of a Conversationalist

Self-Recorded Documentary
WINNER: Ken Cormier for “Voices of the Dead

First Runner-Up:
Amy Schleunes for “The Body Instrument

Finalists:
Molly Bennett, “Chuck Lakin, Woodworker
Mark Munger, “Food For Thought
Molly Graham, “Besides Life Here
Judith Sloan, “Tongues Twisting

Professionally-Recorded Documentary
WINNER: Anna Pinkert for “After the Flood

First Runner-Up:
Lulu Miller for “Falling in Love

2009 Contest Winners

First Place

Austin Bunn, “Basement Story

Second Place

Brenda Ann Kenneally, Lu Olkowski, and Susan B.A. Somers-Willett, “Women of Troy

Editors’ Prize Finalists

Rachel Yoder, “The Thing at the Foot of the Bed
Hillary Frank, “Lucy & The Bike Girl
Molly O’Dell, “Triage: Poems”
Alethea Black, “Letter to Cornelia Street Cafe”
Richard Sonnenmoser, “Other Women”

2008 Contest Winners

Narrative Essay

First place, $1,000: Judith Sloan, “Dayenu
First runner-up: Judith Sloan, “What’s Your Status”
Second runner-up: Nancy M. Williams, “’Reverie’ Reclaimed”

Documentary

First place, $1,000: Lauren Kirby, “Love Triangle
First runner-up and best student entry: Ken Cormier, “Dad’s Naughty Pictures”
Second runner-up: Karen Brown, “Love, War, & PTSD”

Creative Nonfiction

First place, $500: Rachael Hanel, “Smoke Rings
First runner-up: Robert V. Wolf, “Mary Lee”
Second runner-up: Sue Mell, “Foreign Land”
Best student entry: Kristin S. vanNamen, “Personal Assistant Needed”

Fiction

First place, $500: Ann Rosenquist Fee, “Annunciation of the Baby Jesus One Block North of Riverfront Dr.
First runner-up and best student entry: Kristin S. vanNamen, “Glorie in a Small Town”

Poetry

First place, $500: Douglas Collura, “Living the Life of the Great Buster Keaton
First runner-up: Alex Grant, “Fear of Moving Water”
Second runner-up: Todd Boss, “There’s a Guy in L.A. Who Charges a Premium Teaching Men How To Get Women”
Best student entry: Marcus Wicker, “The Life Expectancy of a Fruit Fly”

Video

Creative Short

First place, $500: Anne Lewis, “Separate Vacations”
First runner-up: Ryan Scammell, “A Length of Time Is Measured By the Space Between 2 Hands”
Second runner-up: Tim Wilson, “The Clam Diggers”

Documentary

First place, $500: Basia Winograd, “The Unhappy Traveler: A New Yorker in India”
First runner-up: Bill Bonde, “Inventing the G-Suit: the Life Story of Dr. Earl Wood”
Second runner-up: Dmae Roberts, “Coming Home”
Best student entries: Lucie Schwartz, “Nokota” and Brian White, “The Palmyra Massacre”

2007 Contest Winners

Narrative Essay

First place, $1,000: Judith Sloan, “Sweeping Statements
First runner-up: Kris Saknussemm, “Cahoots
Second runner-up: Richard Paul, “Fighting With My Dad”

Documentary

First place, $1,000: Lu Olkowski, “Grandpa
First runner-up and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Richard Paul, “Shakespeare in Black and White
Second runner-up: Ken Cormier, “The Secret Pianos of Manhattan
Third runner-up: Dan Collison, “Lord God Bird”

10-minute play

First place, $500: Kris Saknusemm: “Memory Wound
First runner-up: George Zarr: “Old Dog/Newer Tricks
Second runner-up: Sue Zizza, National Audio Theatre Festivals, “Avian Invasion

Voice-only Literature

Creative Nonfiction

First place in Voice-only Literature category and Creative Nonfiction subcategory, $500: Albert Haley, “The Cough
First runner-up and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Lisa K. Buchanan, “All That I Missed
Second runner-up: Randolph Jordan, “A Death in the Family
Third runner-up: Angela Cervantes, “A House of Women

Flash Fiction

First place in subcategory and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Josh McDonald, “Lost
First runner-up and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Jithendria Kumar Aravamudhan, “Memoirs of a Mad Man

Poetry

First place in subcategory and Editors’ Choice Award, $100: Todd Boss, “To Wind a Mechanical Toy
First runner-up: Todd Boss, “Yellow Rocket
Second runner-up: Susan B.A. Somers-Willett, “The Golden Lesson
Third runner-up: Eric Torgersen, “Taking Tickets
Fourth runner-up: Josh McDonald, “Women in Strange Trousers