Announcing the winners of the SLS Fiction and Poetry Contest!
Thank you to all who participated; we have received close to 500 submissions, with lots of strong work from every corner of the world.
Grand Prize: Full tuition waiver for SLS program of choice, fully-paid travel and accommodation
2nd place runners up: Full tuition waiver for SLS program of choice
3rd place runners up: 50% tuition for SLS program of choice
Grand Prize Winner – Leah Kaminski for the poems “Nest” and “String Net”
Leah’s work, nominated for Best New Poets 2017 and shortlisted for RHINO’s 2017 Founder’s Award contest, has recently appeared or will soon in Vinyl, Tupelo Quarterly, Bellingham Review, RHINO, and Witness Magazine. She’s been awarded scholarships to the Napa Valley Writers Conference and the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and was a finalist for the 2018 WIWC Poetry Fellowships. A graduate of Harvard and of UC Irvine’s MFA program, she lives in Orange County, where she teaches writing at UC Irvine and is assistant editor at Rise Up Review.
2nd Place (Poetry) – Annie Christain (“Heaven is a Soundstage Built to Make Drugged Soldiers
More Fearless”; “My Mother Always Told Me Not To Like What the White Men Do To Me in the Dark Forest”; “Appearances” (from Criminal Cipher Code for Police Officers))
Annie Christain is an associate professor of composition and ESOL at SUNY Cobleskill with peoms appearing in Seneca Review, Oxford Poetry, The Chariton Review, and The Lifted Brow, among others. She received the grand prize of the 2013 Hart Crane Memorial Poetry Contest, the 2013 Greg Grummer Poetry Award, the 2015 Oakland School of the Arts Enizagam Poetry Award, and the 2015 Neil Shepard Prize in Poetry. Additional honors include her being selected for the Shanghai Swatch Art Peace Hotel Artist Residency and the Arctic Circle Autumn Art and Science Expedition Residency. Her book Tall As You Are Tail Between Them, her debut poetry book, was published in fall 2016 by C&R Press.
2nd Place (Fiction) – Simon Han (“NC-17”)
3rd Place (Poetry) – Amanda Calderon (“Song For The Long Drought”; “Among The Longer Wars”; “Notes On The Falcon”)
3rd Place (Fiction) – Aysegul Savas (“Kyrgyz Summer”)