SLS Georgia 2019 will be the last program—after 21 years and 32 successful events on 3 continents. Come join us for what will be a fantastic farewell experience!

SLS Georgia 2019 Contest Winners & Prizes

Competition was strong and the quality of writing was very high. Many thanks to the more than 670 prose writers and poets who submitted their work.

In addition to these prized, a number of fellowships have been offered to participants across all categories based on the quality of their submissions.


For those who have not heard from us: be sure to keep your eyes on your inboxes (and check your promotion filter boxes, just in case), since fellowship offers for the participants whose work has strongly impressed our readers and judges will be sent out within the next few days.

Fence Magazine

In continuous publication since 1998, Fence is a biannual print journal of poetry, fiction, art, and criticism that redefines the terms of accessibility by publishing challenging writing distinguished by idiosyncrasy and intelligence rather than by allegiance with camps, schools, or cliques.

Genre Contests
Grand Prize

Grand prize winners, in addition to all-expenses-paid participation in the SLS Georgia program, will also have their work published in Fence Magazine.


Photo credit: Katie Zeller

Kirsten Kaschock

Short Story,
“Mouths, Filled With Cinnamon”

Kirsten Kaschock is the author of four poetry books and a chapbook: Unfathoms (Slope Editions), A Beautiful Name for a Girl (Ahsahta Press), WindowBoxing (Bloof Books), The Dottery (University of Pittsburgh Press/winner of AWP Donald Hall Prize), and Confessional Science-fiction: A Primer (Subito Press). Coffee House Press published her debut speculative novel, Sleight. She teaches at Drexel University.


PaTricia Hartland

“Excerpt of  Ten Poems”

Trish makes sounds, poems, and translations with tongues that work to lick and lather their borders and margins. 

Second Place

Second Place winners received a 75% tuition discount for the 2019 SLS Georgia program.


Rosemary Jones

Short Story,
“The Woman on the Roof”

Rosemary Jones is an Australian whose work has appeared in literary magazines such as Denver Quarterly, Sonora Review, Creative Nonfiction, Sweet, Cherry Tree, Cimarron Review and Split Rock Review. She was awarded an Alligator Juniper prize for nonfiction. She teaches and tutors writing at Yale and is at work on a novel and a short story collection.


Abby Ryder-Huth

“Watching Torvill & Dean Skate Bolero”

Abby Ryder-Huth is a poet and translator at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she is a Truman Capote Fellow. A Michigan native, she graduated from Oberlin College and lived afterwards in Gunma, Japan. Her work can be found in Rhino, Sakura Review, Oneirocritica, december, and elsewhere. 

Third Place

Third Place winner received a 50% tuition discount for the 2019 SLS Georgia program.


Jamaluddin Aram

Short Story,
“On The Hill The Graves”

Jamaluddin Aram is a documentary filmmaker, producer, and short story writer from Kabul, Afghanistan. His documentaries My Teacher Is a Shopkeeper and Unbelievable Journey have been screened in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world. He is the associate producer of the Academy Award-nominated film Buzkashi Boys. His short stories have appeared in Afghan, American, and Canadian literary magazines. He has a bachelor’s degree in English and history from Union College in Schenectady, New York. He currently lives in Sudbury, Ontario.


Mónica Romo

“Hora de feliz”

Mónica Romo is a California-born and raised writer whose home is now wherever her feet are. Growing up in a family staunchly anchored to their sunny, mild hometown, she began writing out of the necessity to explore landscapes and lives outside the suburbia to which she was confined. Mónica has taught creative writing to high school students at university sleepaway camps, as well as the rudiments of the English language to children in remote Polish villages. She spent several years traveling the U.S. as an activist and political organizer, working on everything from voter registration to presidential campaign communications to protests and demonstrations. Mónica’s writing has been featured in Dream Pop Press and shortlisted for Cosmonauts Avenue’s annual poetry prize. Her work deals closely with the body, multilingualism, gender, and the Earth. She draws influence from the language of legislation; the glories of various dialects chiming through Mt.P, CoHi, and AdMo; the cluttered thoughts of meditation practice; divinely fresh guavas and figs; and the outlandish takes on love espoused at poetry slams on the outskirts of Washington, D.C.–where she now resides, and where another good story is always possibly just about to begin. 

Graywolf Press

Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. We champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace.

We believe works of literature nourish the reader’s spirit and enrich the broader culture, and that they must be supported by attentive editing, compelling design, and creative promotion.

First Chapter Contest
First Place

1st place winner received a full tuition waiver for the 2019 SLS Georgia program, and the winning chapter will be published online with Graywolf Press.

Courtney Sender

First Chapter of the Novel, 
I Am Going to Lose Everything I Have Ever Loved

Courtney Sender’s fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, AGNI, Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Witness, The Georgia Review, The Mississippi Review, and others, and her essays have appeared in The New York Times‘ ‘Modern Love.’ A fellow of Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony, she holds an MFA in fiction from the Johns Hopkins Writing Seminars and an MTS from Harvard Divinity School.

First Runner Up

The first runner up received a 75% tuition discount for the 2019 SLS Georgia program.

Marco Lean

First Chapter of the Novel,  
Beasts of Time Recurrent
Marco Lean is a prose writer who utilizes language, and the poetic aspects of it, to create stories that capture the timelessness of certain memories, and how we carry them forward for the rest of our lives. Marco’s work is forthcoming or has previously been published in FENCE, Joyland, New American Writing, and the now defunct Digital Artifact Review
Marco was an Affiliate Writing Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts from 2015 through 2018, and has participated in a Writing Residency at Vermont Studio Center. Marco lives in San Francisco and works in graduate admission at the University of San Francisco.

Second Runner Up

The second runner up received a 50% tuition discount for the 2019 SLS Georgia program.

Kyra Simone

First Chapter from the Novel,
Children of the Station

Kyra Simone is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Conjunctions, Black Clock,The Brooklyn Rail, F(r)iction Magazine, Little Star, Prelude, Vestiges, and The Best American Experimental Writing Anthology, among other journals. Originally from Los Angeles, she is a member of the publishing collective at Ugly Duckling Presse, and she works as an associate editor at Zone Books. 

Scoundrel Time

Letter from the Editor: Today there are forces trying their hardest to divide us. In the face of that, art in its many forms can give voice to our concerns, hopes, fears, anxieties—and joys. Art can provide solace. It can spur engagement. It can increase understanding. It can help us feel less alone. We have a common language, the language of story. In a way, it all comes down to stories: whether they’re told through words or visually or otherwise, stories remind us of our humanity. And anything that can remind us of that essential quality we all share is crucial, in my view.

Essay Contest
First Place

1st place winner received a full tuition waiver for the 2019 SLS Georgia program, and online publication with Scoundrel Time.

Caroline Tracey

Essay, “¿Where is La Brecha Treinta?”

Caroline Tracey writes about aridity, migration, and womanhood. Originally from Colorado, she has also lived in Kyrgyzstan (as a Fulbright research fellow), New Mexico (as a cattle ranch hand), California, Texas, and Mexico City. Her nonfiction has appeared in the Guardian, the Nation, New South, 3:AM, and elsewhere.

Flash Fiction Contest

No winners were declared in the Flash Fiction contest