2014 BLR Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Bellevue Literary Review Prizes!

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, selected by Nathan Englander
Winner: “Pediatricology” by Abby Horowitz
Honorable Mention: “Death Defiant Bomba or What to Wear When Your Boo Gets Cancer” by Lilliam Rivera

Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, selected by Helen Benedict
Winner: “Forty-One Months” by William McGrath
Honorable Mention: “Double Exposure” by Elisha Waldman

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, selected by Tina Chang
Winner: “Chronic Care: 'Broken Leg' by Keith Carter, Photograph” by Laurie Clements Lambeth
Honorable Mention: “The Rules of Surgery” by Kristin Robertson

These selections appear in the Spring 2014 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.

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Read interviews with the 2014 BLR Prize winners.

Goldenberg Prize for Fiction

Abby Horowitz


Winner: Abby Horowitz for “Pediatricology”

Abby Horowitz is an MFA candidate at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers. She lives in Decatur, GA with her spouse and son.





Lilliam RiveraHonorable Mention: Lilliam Rivera for “Death Defiant Bomba or What to Wear When Your Boo Gets Cancer”

Lilliam Rivera is a James Kirkwood Literary Prize semi-finalist, a 2013 PEN Center USA Emerging Voices fellow, and a 2013 Enchanted Land fellow at A Room Of Her Own Foundation. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Rumpus.net, Los Angeles Review of Books, Writers Tribe Review Spring 2013, Antioch University's Lunch Ticket, and Latina. She is currently working on a contemporary young adult novel titled My Shelf Life. Lilliam lives in Los Angeles and can be found online at www.lilliamrivera.com.

Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction

Will McGrath

Winner: William McGrath for “Forty-One Months”

Will McGrath is currently finishing work on a book of narrative nonfiction and memoir about the Kingdom of Lesotho. Writing from this project has appeared in Asymptote, Roads & Kingdoms, Gastronomica, the Christian Science Monitor, and Sundog Lit, among other fine publications. Recently his writing on Lesotho has been translated into Chinese and Hungarian. Contact him via email (wtmcgrath@gmail.com) or Twitter (@wtmcgrath).



Elisha Waldman

Honorable Mention: Elisha Waldman for “Double Exposure”

Elisha Waldman was born in New York and raised in Connecticut. After receiving a BA in Religious Studies he went on to study medicine and subsequently trained in pediatrics, pediatric hematology and oncology, and pediatric palliative care. He currently resides in Jerusalem where he is practicing pediatric oncology as well as currently developing a palliative care team for the department of pediatrics. Though he has published previously in academic medical journals, this is his first creative nonfiction publication.

Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry

Laurie Clements Lambeth


Winner: Laurie Clements Lambeth for "Chronic Care: 'Broken Leg' by Keith Carter, Photograph"

Laurie Clements Lambeth’s debut collection Veil and Burn was selected by Maxine Kumin for the National Poetry Series. Her work has appeared in such publications as Crazyhorse, Seneca Review, The Paris Review, Mid-American Review, and The Iowa Review. Concurrently working on a memoir and her second poetry collection Bright Pane, she teaches Medicine and Society courses in the University of Houston’s Honors College.

Kristin Robertson


Honorable Mention: Kristin Robertson for "The Rules of Surgery"

Kristin Robertson’s poetry has appeared recently in Alaska Quarterly Review, Copper Nickel, Smartish Pace, and Mid-American Review and was featured on Verse Daily. Her work has been recognized with prizes or honorable mentions from The Greensboro Review, Rhino, and Sycamore Review’s Wabash Poetry Prize. She teaches creative writing in Knoxville, Tennessee.