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IWWG Literary Contests

Pat Carr Prize for Mainstream Literary Short Story

Submissions will be accepted from March 15 through April 30, 2018

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Myra Shapiro Prize for Poetry

Submissions will be accepted from May 15 through June 30, 2018

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Susan Tiberghien Prize for Narrative Nonfiction

Submissions will be accepted from July 15 through August 30, 2018

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The Livingkindess Foundation Prize for Social Justice Writing by a Woman of Color

Submissions will be accepted from August 15 through September 30, 2018

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Meet Your Fiction Judge: Kat Meads

Kat Meads is the author of 20 books and chapbooks of prose and poetry, including 2:12 a.m.: Essays; Not Waving; For You, Madam Lenin; Little Pockets of Alarm; The Invented Life of Kitty Duncan; Sleep; and a mystery novel written under the pseudonym Z.K. Burrus.

She has received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, a California Artist Fellowship, two Silicon Valley artist grants, and artist residencies at Yaddo, Millay Colony, Dorland, the Montalvo Center for the Arts, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. Her short plays have been produced in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and elsewhere. She is a three-time ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year finalist, and four of her essays have been selected as Notables in Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s Best American Essays series. Her novel For You, Madam Lenin received an IPPY (Independent Publisher Book Award) Silver Medal and was shortlisted for the Montaigne Medal for thought-provoking literature. Her essay collection 2:12 a.m. received an IPPY Gold Medal.

A native of North Carolina, she currently lives in California and teaches in Oklahoma City University’s low-residency MFA program. Her newest fiction, Miss Jane: The Lost Years, is forthcoming from Livingston Press/University of West Alabama.  www.katmeads.com

Meet Your Poetry Judge: Lauren Clark

Lauren Clark‘s  first collection of poems, Music for a Wedding (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2017), was selected by Vijay Seshadri for the 2016 AWP Donald Hall Prize in Poetry. She holds a BA in Classics from Oberlin College and an MFA in Poetry from the University of Michigan, where she was the recipient of six Hopwood Awards.

Meet Your Narrative Nonfiction Judge: Sharman Apt Russell

Sharman Apt Russell has published a dozen books translated into a dozen languages. She was awarded the John Burroughs Medal for Distinguished Nature Writing for Diary of a Citizen Scientist (Oregon State University Press, 2014), which also won the WILLA Award and was named by The Guardian as a top-ten nature book. Currently, she is working on Within Our Grasp: Feeding the World’s Children for a Better and Greener Future (Pantheon Books/Vintage, 2019), which combines her longtime interests in the environment and hunger. Her essays have been published in many magazines, journals, and anthologies. She lives in the Gila Valley of southwestern New Mexico and teaches part-time at Western New Mexico University, where she is a professor emeritus, and at Antioch University in Los Angeles.  www.sharmanaptrussell.com.

Meet Your Social Justice Judge: Shirlene Holmes

Shirlene Holmes is a playwright  and a professor at Georgia State University in Atlanta, where she  has been on faculty since 1989. Her award-winning dramatic works have been produced on local, national, and international stages. Originally from Queens, New York, she holds undergraduate and advanced degrees in Theatre and Communication (Speech, Performance Studies). One of the highlights of her career is having co-written, directed, and presented Carnival Medea: A Bacchanal  in Edinburgh, Scotland, in August 2015, during its annual theatre festival. This play also opened in Trinidad in February 2017, during its annual Carnival festival.

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