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International Literary Awards Announced

The Salem College Center for Women Writers announces the winners of the seventh annual International Literary Awards. The winners were chosen from more than 600 entries in poetry, fiction and nonfiction representing 48 states and nine countries. The winner of each genre will receive $1,200. An honorarium of $150 will...

The Salem College Center for Women Writers announces the winners of the seventh annual International Literary Awards. The winners were chosen from more than 600 entries in poetry, fiction and nonfiction representing 48 states and nine countries. The winner of each genre will receive $1,200. An honorarium of $150 will be awarded to the two honorable mentions of each genre.

Sharon May’s short story, “The Ankgor Factory,” won the 2010 Reynolds Price Short Fiction Award, judged by Lee Martin. Sharon May is from Paradise, California. She researched the Khmer Rouge regime for Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Human Rights and edited In the Shadow of Angkor: Contemporary Writing from Cambodia. Her stories have appeared in Best New American Voices, the Chicago Tribune, Tin House, Mānoa, StoryQuarterly, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross Cultural Connection and Collision and elsewhere. She is a former Stegner Fellow.

Honorable mentions went to “Foils” by Anne de Marcken of Olympia, Washington and “Black Moon Lillith” by Bonnie Hearn Hill of Fresno, California.

“Sixty-Seven Reasons to Answer the Door on Saturday at 6:03 a.m.” by Lisa K. Buchanan of San Francisco, California, was named the winner for the 2010 Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, judged by Janet Burroway. Fiction and essays by Lisa K. Buchanan have appeared in Fourth Genre, Meridian, Mid-American Review, The Missouri Review, New Letters and Quick Fiction.

Honorable mentions went to “The New Coat” by Sabine Heinlein of Sunnyside, New York and “Meteor Dreams” by Eson Kim of North Plain, N.J. 

The poem “Visitors to the Sunday Service” by Gregory Loselle of Southgate, Michigan was the winner of the 2010 Rita Dove Poetry Award, judged by Leslie Adrienne Miller. His poem “The Fortune-Tellers” was also named an honorable mention for the contest.  Loselle earned his MFA at the University of Michigan.  His chapbook Phantom Limb was published in 2008 and another, Our Parents Dancing, is forthcoming from Pudding House Press.  His poetry has appeared in The Ledge, Oberon, The Comstock Review, Rattle, The Spoon River Poetry Review and many others. Honoral mentions went to Loselle and to Jeanne Emmons of McCook Lake, South Dakota, for her poem “Reflections on the Rio Negro.”

The Center for Women Writers is part of the creative writing program at Salem College.