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Contest: 2015 Prize Winners
Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Bellevue Literary Review Prizes!
Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by Chang-rae Lee
Winner: “Autobiography” by Carla Hartenberger
Honorable Mention: “Bystander” by Jen Bergmark
Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, selected by Anne Fadiman
Winner: “I Must Have Been That Man” by Adina Talve-Goodman
Honorable Mention: “Torso” by Leslie Absher
Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, selected by Major Jackson
Winner: “Dysesthesia” by Hannah Baggott
Honorable Mention: “Damaged” by Colby Cedar Smith
These selections will appear in the Spring 2015 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.
The annual BLR Prizes award outstanding writing related to themes of health, healing, illness, the mind, and the body. The contest is open each year from February 1 - July 1.
Goldenberg Prize for Fiction
Winner: Carla Hartenberger for “Autobiography”
Carla Hartenberger is currently completing her Masters in Public Policy in Toronto. She was a finalist for Descant Magazine’s Winston Collins Prize for Best Canadian Poem in 2011 for her poem "Naked in the Sun."
Honorable Mention: Jen Bergmark for “Bystander”
Jen Bergmark's fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, Cream City Review, Harpur Palate, Puerto del Sol, and The Drum, among other journals, and was anthologized in New California Writing 2013 (Heyday Books). She was a Poets and Writers California Exchange Award finalist, received the John Gardner Memorial Prize for Fiction, and has twice been a resident at the KHN Center for the Arts. She can be found online at jenbergmark.com.
Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction
Winner: Adina Talve-Goodman for “I Must Have Been That Man”
Adina Talve-Goodman, a native of St. Louis, now lives in Brooklyn, where she is the managing editor of both One Story and One Teen Story.
Honorable Mention: Leslie Absher for “Torso”
Leslie Absher lives in Oakland, California but grew up moving around the U.S. and abroad. Her writing practice has led her into a deep sense of compassion for herself and the world. An essay about how she found out her father worked for the CIA was published in the Los Angeles Times and a second father/ daughter essay was published by Ms. Magazine. She has recently completed a memoir about her relationship with her dad. You can find her at leslieabsher.com.
Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry
Winner: Hannah Baggott for "Dysesthesia"
Hannah Baggott is a Nashville native currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at Oregon State University and teaching writing courses. She is particularly interested in empathy and body, creatively and academically. Her work can be found or forthcoming Tupelo Quarterly, Contrary Magazine, Stockholm Review of Literature, r.kv.r.y Quarterly, and other journals. (hannahbaggott.com)
Honorable Mention: Colby Cedar Smith for "Damaged"
Colby Cedar Smith holds degrees from Colorado College and Harvard University. She is the author of two chapbooks: Seven Seeds of the Pomegranate (The Penny Press, 2006) and Transplanted (Bokbinderigatan Press, 2013). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Harpur Palate, Memorious, Perigee, Potomac Review, RUNES, Saranac Review, and The Iowa Review. She critiques poetry and fiction for ForeWord Reviews and teaches creative writing in Princeton, NJ. (Photo by nicrobinson.com)