2015 BLR 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

Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing
Winner: "The Dinosaur Exhibit" by Philip Cawkwell

These selections appear in the Spring 2015 issue of the Bellevue Literary Review.

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Goldenberg Prize for Fiction

Carla Hartenberger


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."



Jen Bergmark


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

Adina Talve-Goodman




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.









Leslie Absher

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

Hannah Baggott


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)





Colby Cedar Smith

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)



Daniel Liebowitz Prize for Student Writing


Philip Cawkwell


Winner: Philip Cawkwell for "The Dinosaur Exhibit"

Philip Cawkwell is a member of the class of 2016 at the New York University School of Medicine. Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Philip grew up in Bedford, New York. He attended University of Pennsylvania, where he was co-captain of the track and cross-country teams. His clinical interests include pediatrics and child psychiatry. In his spare time, Philip enjoys running, creative writing, and spending time with his family.