Our Unclassifiables Contest has ended, and a winner has been chosen by our judge, Michael Martone!
Melvin Adams, “Stoning the Porcupine”
Reg Darling, “Life in Wartime”
Diane Glancy, “qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm”
Anders Howerton, “Cross Over, Boy, Cross Over”
Kendall Klym, “The Dance Quiz”
Andrea Witzke Slot, “The Wall”
Rebecca van Laer, “Do you Fear Palindromes, Too?”
Of this year’s winner, “Stoning the Porcupine”, Martone writes – “I liked very much the true all-out, all-in commitment to collage…the piece is an archipelago of intriguing island word chains. It uses the synaptic white space fully, inviting the reader to improvise and revise the associative leaps. And there are pictures! Sure we are used to now the blending and bending of genres – fiction, nonfiction, poetry – and yet, we are less ready to confuse the categories of “writer”, “editor”, “publisher”, “designer”. “Stoning the Porcupine” is already ready to use the incredibly powerful typesetting tool most of us still use like a hobbled 19th century typewriter, the computer, to mash-up the old assemblage line. This then is an unclassifiable indeed, transgressing genre, sure, and in its deconstruction constructing a whole new classification of author itself.”
Thank you to all who submitted their most creative, thought-provoking, genre-bending work! We hope to read from you again very soon.