SLS 2018 Fiction and Poetry Contest: results
First prize in fiction: Kate Shapiro (for “The Language of a Perfect Woman”)
Kate Shapiro was born and raised in Dallas, TX. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2012, and is currently an MFA candidate in Fiction at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work has been published in Chicago Literati, Holy Shit Journal, and Thought Catalog. Her cat’s name is Bird.
First prize in poetry: Christie Ann Reynolds (for “Evidence of the Body”; “Taxidermy with Fist”; “RECREATING Y/OUR LOVE IN/UNDER A CHANDELIER”)
Christie Ann Reynolds is a native New Yorker and the author of Texts from My Mom (Big Lucks 2014), Revenge for Revenge (Coconut 2012), and idiot heart (New School Chapbook Contest 2009). She studied poetry at The New School and holds degrees in English literature and teaching from Hofstra University, Queens College, and Bank Street School of Education. The recipient of an Academy of American Poetry Award and the Poets & Writers Amy Award for emerging female writers, her work has been published or recorded in various online and print journals. Most recently, she was the runner up in Enizagam’s 2017 poetry contest, chosen by CA Conrad. Christie Ann is an alumna of SLS Vilnius, Lithuania and the Disquiet Literary Program in Lisbon, Portugal. When she isn’t teaching middle school, she at work on a on a middle grade novel about the collision of fate, destiny, and the magic of adolescence, as well as a collection of pieces about living with endometriosis. She teaches middle school and lives in Brooklyn.
Second prize in fiction: Joshua Levy (for “Jade”)
Joshua Levy is the 2018 CBC Writer-in-Residence. He is the winner of the 2017 Carte Blanche/CNFC Creative Nonfiction Prize and was longlisted for the 2017 CBC Nonfiction Prize. His work has been featured in numerous literary journals, radio shows, podcasts and live events. Joshua splits his time between Montreal, Canada and Lisbon, Portugal.
Second prize in poetry: K. A. Jagai (for “Thanks, Walt, for the Endless Mirrors by Which We See Ourselves”; “Red Blues”; “Inheritance”)
K. A. Jagai is a queer and multiracial poet, writer, and artist from Brooklyn, New York. They are a graduate of Bennington College, where they studied under poets such as Alex Dimitrov, Camille Guthrie, and Phillip B. Williams. In both art and writing, they are seeking that light within themselves and others that can only be seen when one is forced into the dark.
Third prize in fiction: Angie Sijun Lou (for “purification ritual #2”)
Angie Sijun Lou is from Seattle. Her work has appeared in the American Poetry Review, The Margins, Ninth Letter, The Rumpus, and others. She is a PhD student in Literature and Creative Writing at UC Santa Cruz.
Third prize in poetry: Chris Wilson (for “Portrait of Marriage as Chickens”; “The flattened world”; “Yes”)
Chris Wilson earned an MFA in Creative Writing at the Rainier Writing Workshop of Pacific Lutheran University, an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of South Africa. Wilson is a member of the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a previous participant in the Tomales Bay Writers Workshop, Westchester Poetry Conference, Writing x Writers at Tomales Bay, and Napa Valley Writers Conference, and has published in Fourteen Hills, the Squaw Valley Review, and the Tupelo Press Poetry Project. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
First-place winners (in poetry and fiction) receive a full scholarship – with flights and accommodations included – to one of our innovative 2018 programs in Georgia or in Kenya, as well as publication in Fence magazine. Second-place winners in each category receive a full tuition waiver for the program of their choice. Third-place winners will receive a 75 percent tuition discount.
Congratulations to our winners, and many thanks to everyone who submitted their work.