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Before you sing “Auld Lang Syne” we’ve got one more 2014 book list for you! Our co-managing editor has put together a list of 35 debut authors aged 35 and over. … read more
17th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Winners
Arts & Letters Fiction Prize (Judge: Kyle Minor)
WINNER: Michele Ruby
Finalists: Gregg Cusick, Robert Daseler, Dan Gemmer, Hannah Gildea, James Hall, Lynda Montgomery, Michael Pearce, August Tarrier, M.C. Torres.
Rumi Prize in Poetry (Judge: Stephen Dunn)
WINNER: Jeanne Wagner
Finalists: Christopher Citro, Jen DeGregorio, Sally Derringer, Kim Garcia, Julie Hanson, George Looney, Nancy Pearson, Katie Rogers, Ellen Seusy, Laurie Zimmerman,
Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction (Judge: Barbara Hurd)
WINNER: Kristin Kostick
Finalists: Brenda Flanagan, Cate Hennessey, Margot Kelley, Lizzetta LeFalle-Collins, Maria Manuccia, Nicole Miller, Elizabeth Mosier, Gregory Ormson, Riba Taylor.
Arts & Letters Drama Prize for One-Act Play (Judge: Iona Holder)
WINNER: Tess Light
Finalists: Daniel Guyton, Benjamin Gonzales, Bara Swain, Scott Sickles
About the Prizes
For each of the four major genres, we offer the winner a $1,000 prize. Fiction, Poetry, and Creative Nonfiction winners are published in our Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 issue. The prize-winning one-act play is produced at the Georgia College campus (usually in March.) Our prizes are made possible through the following generous endowments: Dr. Barry Darugar, and Bahram and Fari Atefat.
Arts & Letters Fiction Prize
Rumi Prize in Poetry
Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Drama Prize for One-Act Play.
Poetry: 4-6 poems per submission
Fiction: manuscripts up to 25 pages
Creative Nonfiction: manuscripts up to 25 pages
Drama: one act up to 25 pages
All prize submissions will be considered for publication at regular payment rates.
Please submit for the prizes during our prize submission period, February 1 – March 31. The entry fee is $20.
If Cormac McCarthy‘s The Road met television’s The Walking Dead, you’d have Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven—minus the grisly cannibalism and zombies. With the recent popularity of post-apocalyptic writing in books and on the screen, it would be hard to write that world with originality, but Mandel does so by focusing on the lives of the survivors by unravelling their connections before the disaster.
It is Year 20 after a pandemic has wiped out all but a few pockets of the human population, and we follow a troupe of traveling musicians and actors who perform Shakespeare for the various survivor settlements throughout the devastated United States. Mandel deftly guides us through time Before and After, and this reader was particularly enthralled by the author’s exploration of what survives: if the world would end tomorrow, does that book, that painting, that building that you’re working on really matter? That answer is, you never know, but isn’t it amazing to think that it could contribute to someone’s survival?
Emily St. John Mandel, Station Eleven (2014 National Book Award Finalist)