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Spring issue, featuring the 2016 BLR Prize winners


March 29, 2016

The Spring issue—featuring the winners of the 2016 BLR prizes—is now available.

The winner of the Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, “The Foreign Cinema” by Lauren Alwan—chosen by judge Paul Harding—is a charming story invites the reader to travel from Istanbul to Los Angeles. The protagonist, who has been having an affair with her bookstore employer, learns about America and heartbreak from the movies, especially from her favorite film, Casablanca.

The winner of the Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, “Askew” by Esther K. Willison— selected by judge Mark Vonnegut—is a devastatingly beautiful essay about a daughter’s transformation from a vibrant child into a troubled adult who commits suicide.

The winner of the Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, “The Problem With Anatomical Thinking—” by Meridian Johnson—selected by judge Ada Limón—is written with exquisite economy, reminding the reader of the corpse’s place in nature and the cycle of life.

The winner of the inaugural Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing is Susanna Nguy's "The Lump," which imagines the perspective of a patient with mental illness who must simultaneously cope with a new physical illness.

Our honorable mentions winners are:

Fiction: “Are You Having Suicidal Thoughts?” by John Noonan, and “First Child, Second Place” by Marylin Warner
Nonfiction: “A Member of the Family” by Morgan Smith
Poetry: “The Interview” by Kathryn Starbuck

[Read more about the 2016 prizewinners.]

The issue also contains new work from Molly Peacock, Katy Lederer, Jeffrey Harrison, Anya Silver, David Simpson, and many more talented writers.



See the Table of Contents and read select pieces from this issue.

Order your copy (or start your subscription) today through our online store or via Submittable.