2012 Contest Winners

Harry W. Kopp, "Trotsky in the Bronx"

Winner, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, 2012

Harry W. Kopp, a former foreign service officer and consultant in international trade, is the Washington representative of the Philippine sugar industry. He is the author of Commercial Diplomacy and the National Interest, and (with the late Charles Gillespie) of Career Diplomacy, published by Georgetown University Press and now in its second edition. “Trotsky in the Bronx” is his first work of fiction. He lives in Annapolis, Maryland.

Read an interview with Harry.


Annita Sawyer, "The Crazy One"

Winner, Burns Archive Prize for Nonfiction, 2012

Annita Sawyer is a psychologist and faculty member at Yale. She has attended the Wesleyan Writers’ Conference, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and Phillip Lopate’s workshop at Skidmore. She has been awarded residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, Ragdale, VCCA, MacDowell and Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in The Healing Muse, The MacGuffin, The Saint Ann’s Review and The Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session. She is completing a memoir: Smoking Cigarettes, Eating Glass.

Read an interview with Annita.


Lauren Schmidt, "Portrait of My Parents Making Love as a Stomach Virus"

Winner, Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, 2012

Lauren Schmidt’s poems have been published in the Progressive, Alaska Quarterly Review, New York Quarterly, Rattle, Nimrod, and Fifth Wednesday Journal. Her work has been selected as a finalist for the Janet B. McCabe Poetry Prize, the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, the Intro to Journals Project, and the Dancing Girl Press Chapbook Contest. Her awards include the So to Speak Poetry Prize and the Neil Postman Prize for Metaphor. Her chapbook, The Voodoo Doll Parade was selected as part of the 2011 Author’s Choice Chapbooks Series. Her first full-length collection, Psalms of the Dining Room is forthcoming.

Read an interview with Lauren.