Distinguished Voices in Literature
Writing Contest Winners Selected by SAPPHIRE:
We’re delighted to announce that Sapphire has selected the following pieces as winners in the Spring 2019 “Where I’m From” contest. All three pieces will be published in a Special Feature in the current issue of Crystallize Review.
1st Place: “Alex” by Taylor Price
2nd Place: “Jay Street” by Alice Mitchell
3rd Place: “Clean Up” by Hannah Fitzgerald
Sapphire is the author of two bestselling novels, Push and The Kid. Push was adapted into the Academy Award-winning major motion film Precious, which received the Academy Award for Best Screenplay and Best Supporting Actress. Sapphire is also the author of two collections of poetry: American Dreams, and Black Wings & Blind Angels. Her work has been translated into thirteen languages and has been adapted for stage in the United States and Europe. Her poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in The Black Scholar, The New York Times Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Teacher’s Voice, The New Yorker, Spin, and Bomb.
Collin Anderson Memorial Awards in Creative Writing
The College Writing Committee has announced the winners of the 2018 Collin Anderson Memorial Awards in Creative Writing. Winners and Honorable Mentions will be featured in the 2019 Issue of the Crystallize Review.
Collin Anderson Memorial Award in Fiction:
Elle Kellher, “Turpentine”
Honorable Mention for the Collin Anderson Memorial Award in Fiction:
Jullie Currier, “Janie Foster”
Collin Anderson Memorial Award in Poetry:
Griffin Smith, “Unspoken”
Honorable Mention for the Collin Anderson Memorial Award in Poetry:
Marlee Vedder, “If the World is Cold”
Collin Anderson Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction:
Jonathan Herr, “Myself the Migrant”
Honorable Mention for the Collin Anderson Memorial Award in Creative Nonfiction:
Kaili Mello, “Falling Into Space”
Distinguished Voices Contest Winners 2019
We are thrilled to announce that the winner of the 2019 Distinguished Voices in Literature Poetry Prize, selected by our judge, Chen Chen, was Sean Dunn for his poems, “Lilac Trees (From Behind Screen Door)” and “Birdwatching.”
“How to Take a Life” by Steven Salisbury
“ode to my freshly-braided cornrows” by Alice Luo
The winner of the 2019 Distinguished Voices in Literature Personal Essay Prize, selected by our judge, Elissa Washuta, was Nathaniel Rose for his essay, “Origins.”
“Baby, There’s a Shark in the Water” by Elizabeth Hernandez
“the boogyman” by Neely Benoit
All winning and finalist work is forthcoming in the Crystallize Review.
Deadlines Extended and Cash Prizes added
for Distinguished Voices Poetry and Personal Essay Contests!
Chen Chen, author of When I Grow Up I Want to be a List of Further Possibilities will judge the Distinguished Voices Poetry Contest.
Elissa Washuta, author of Starvation Mode and My Body is a Book of Rules will judge the Distinguished Voices Personal Essay Contest.
Please see our Submissions page for details and guidelines.
Distinguished Voices in Literature Poetry Prize
We are delighted to announce the winner of the Spring 2018 Distinguished Voices in Literature Poetry Prize is “Annuals” by Steven Salisbury, selected by our judge, Christine Kitano.
“I Did Not Intend to Speak Up” by Steven Salisbury
“Sanguinaria Candensis: Bloodroot” by Jeremy Collings
“What’s a Good Caption For This Picture?” by Andrea O’Boyle
Christine Kitano is the author of the poetry collections Sky Country (BOA Editions, 2017) and Birds of Paradise (Lynx House Press, 2011). Her recent work is published in Portland Review, Miramar, and Wildness. She teaches at Ithaca College and the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.
The first place, finalist, and honorable mention poems are published in our 2018 issue.
Fall 2018 Contests & Guidelines will be posted in September, 2018.