2018 Contest Winners


Lauren Erin O'Brien

Lauren Erin O’Brien, "Atrophy"

Winner, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, 2018 (Selected by Geraldine Brooks)

Lauren Erin O’Brien is from Auburn, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she received her BA in English, and currently works at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Lauren’s works in progress include a short story collection as well as a novella. “Atrophy” is her first publication.

Read an interview with Lauren.



Elizabeth Crowell

Elizabeth Crowell, "Cancer, So Far"

Winner, Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, 2018 (Selected by Rivka Galchen)

Elizabeth Crowell received an AB in English literature from Smith College in 1986 and an MFA in Creative Writing from Columbia University in 1991. She has spent most of her professional life teaching English literature and writing to high school students. Currently, she is a stay-at-home mom and cancer fighter. She has been published recently in The Saranac Review, The Timberline Review, and The Sewanee Review.

Read an interview with Elizabeth.



Gabriel Spera

Gabriel Spera, "Throat"

Winner, Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, 2018 (Selected by Rachel Hadas)

Gabriel Spera received the Literary Book Award for Poetry from PEN USA-West for his first book of poems, The Standing Wave, which was also a National Poetry Series selection. His second book, The Rigid Body, received the Richard Snyder prize. Other honors include an NEA Fellowship and a COLA grant from the City of Los Angeles.

Read an interview with Gabriel.