2013 BLR Prize Winners

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by Jane Smiley
Winner: “The No-Tell Hotel" by Kathryn Trueblood
Honorable Mention: “You Will Make Several Relaxing Cuts” by Ashley Chambers
Honorable Mention: "Bus" by Joan Leegant

Burns Archive Prize for Nonfiction, selected by Mary Roach
Winner: “Dust, Light, Life” by Jacqueline Kolosov
Honorable Mention: "Omphalos" by Maura Smith

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, selected by Mark Doty
Winner: “The Learn'd Astronomer on the Radio” by Laura Passin
Honorable Mention: "Reading Sexton in Phuket" by Patricia Murphy

These selections appear in the Spring 2013 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.

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Goldenberg Prize for Fiction

Winner: Kathryn Trueblood for "The No-Tell Hotel"

Kathryn Trueblood Kathryn Trueblood is the author of The Baby Lottery, which was a Book Sense Pick in 2007, and The Sperm Donor's Daughter. Most recently, she won the 2012 Red Hen Press Short Story Award. Her stories and articles have been published in Poets & Writers Magazine, The Los Angeles Review, The Seattle Weekly, Glimmer Train, and Zyzzyva, among others. She has worked in editorial for both mainstream and small press publishers--from the adult trade division at Random House to the West Coast's first feminist press, Shameless Hussy. An Associate Professor of English at Western Washington University, she lives in Bellingham, Washington.

Ashley Chambers


Honorable Mention: Ashley Chambers for "You Will Make Several Relaxing Cuts"

Ashley Chambers received Honorable Mention in Gulf Coast's 2012 fiction contest. She writes and teaches in Tuscaloosa, where she is an MFA candidate at the University of Alabama. This is her first publication.

Honorable Mention: Joan Leegant for "Bus" Joan Leegant

Joan Leegant is the author of a novel, Wherever You Go, and a story collection, An Hour in Paradise, which won the Winship/PEN New England Book Award, the Wallant Award, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Fiction Award. Recent story awards include the Nelligan Prize from Colorado Review, Moment Magazine story contest, and a Pushcart Prize nomination. She divides her time between Boston and Tel Aviv, where she teaches at Bar-Ilan University.

Burns Archive Prize for Nonfiction

Winner: Jacqueline Kolosov for "Dust, Light, Life"

Jacqueline Kolosov
Jacqueline Kolosov's creative prose and poetry have recently appeared in Cimarron Review, Orion, and Literature & Belief. "Dust, Light, Life" is part of a book-length sequence exploring motherhood, relationships, and art. Her third poetry collection is Memory of Blue (Salmon Poetry, 2013). She lives with her family in west Texas.

Honorable Mention: Maura Smith for "Omphalos" Maura Smith

Maura Smith was born and raised in Cranston, Rhode Island. She attended Marlboro College in Vermont, where she received her bachelor's degree, and attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where she received her master's degree. She currently lives in Hot Springs, South Dakota and works at Wind Cave National Park as a seasonal ranger.

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry

Winner: Laura Passin for "The Learn'd Astronomer on the Radio"

Laura Passin



Laura Passin lives in Chicagoland and teaches English at Northwestern University, where she earned her PhD. She also holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon. She is working on her first poetry manuscript, Aphasia, which deals with illness, grief, and the loss of language.



Patricia Murphy


Honorable Mention: Patricia Murphy for "Reading Sexton in Phuket"

Patricia Murphy teaches creative writing at Arizona State University where she is editor of Superstition Review. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Kalliope, American Poetry Review, Quarterly West, The Iowa Review, and Indiana Review. Her poems have received awards from Gulf Coast, The GSU Review, Glimmer Train Press, The Adirondack Review, The Madison Review, and the Ann Stanford Poetry Prize.