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Issue 37

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Fall 2018
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Annual Prize Winners

R. M. Kinder
A Common Person

Keith Wilson
Letter Begun to My Future Niece
Long Tail

Megan Harlan
Mobile Home


Corie Rosen
Quiet Violence

Greg Walklin
Brahms’ Lullaby

Antonia Angress


Rebecca Foust
Train Out of Altoona

Melissa Oliveira
Volkspark Haibun
Aubade with Burning Hillside

Rachel Kubie
Father’s Keeper
Sleep is a Prayer for Haunting

Don Judson
Former Gang Member Put to Death Tuesday Evening

Leslie Williams
If You Prefer Not to Fill Out the Visitor Card
Dream of Being Alive

Jenny Hykes Jiang

Bret Shepard
Desire Swells
The Trouble

Natalie Rose Richardson
Two Blue Lines
The Rat

Avni Vyas
These Gators Didn’t Give a Shit About Being Frozen Alive in the Bomb Cyclone

Creative Nonfiction

Tammy Delatorre
Holding Onto Fire

Rachel Luria
The Space Where We All Stand

Flash Fiction

Cathy Mellett
Helen of Troy, Michigan

Laura Newbern
Creative Nonfiction Editor

Peter Selgin
Fiction Editors
Kerry Neville and Allen Gee
Poetry Editor
Laura Newbern
Managing Editors
Faith Thompson and Jennifer Watkins
Assistant Managing Editor
Dalton Monk
Assistant Editors
Isabel Acevedo
Brittany Barron
Morgan Coyner
Pooja Desai
Leah Kuenzi
Ernestine Montoya
Roe Sellers


Arts & Letters Prizes

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.

Meet Visiting Writer, Poet Jericho Brown


We are so thrilled to have Jericho Brown join us on campus this Monday, November 3, at 7:30 pm, as part of GCSU’s creative writing program’s Visiting Writers series. Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award and fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His poems have appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry, and Nikki Giovanni’s 100 Best African American Poems.

Brown holds a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. His first book, Please, won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament, was published by Copper Canyon Press. He is an assistant professor in the creative writing program at Emory University in Atlanta. You can read more about Jericho and his works at his website.

Meet the 2015 A&L Prizes Nonfiction Judge


It is a privilege to have Barbara Hurd as the judge for the Arts & Letters Journal nonfiction prize this year.

Barbara is the recipient of a 2002 NEA Fellowship for Creative Nonfiction, winner of the Sierra Club’s National Nature Writing Award and Pushcart Prizes in 2004 and 2007. She teaches creative writing in the Stonecoast MFA program at the University of Southern Maine.

Ms. Hurd has published several award-winning books, including: Walking the Wrack Line: On Tidal Shifts and What Remains, Entering the Stone: On Caves and Feeling Through the Dark, a Library Journal Best Natural History Book of the Year, Stirring the Mud: On Swamps, Bogs, and Human Imagination, a Los Angeles Times Best Book of 2001, and The Singer’s Temple, winner of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Award.

We are honored to have an author as esteemed as Ms. Hurd serve as this year’s nonfiction judge. Read more about Barbara and her work on her website.

Arts & Letters has a New Website

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