2021 Contest Results!
BWR is pleased to announce the winners and runners-up of our 2021 Contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Flash. We are forever grateful to our inimitable judges: K-Ming Chang, Su Cho, Eduardo C. Corral, and J K Chukwu.
Yvette Ndlovu was selected as the fiction winner “House on Ilanda Street.” Fiction judge K-Ming Chang writes:
“The House on Ilanda Street” is stunning and resonant, storytelling at its most alive. With playfulness, humor, heart, and moments of subtle devastation, this story about vanishing houses is brilliant and uncontainable, its presence undeniable, exploring what it means to be valued and accounted for, about the persistence of history and future, place and escape, and origin and loss, both personal and communal.
Star Su was selected as the fiction runner-up for “How It Tastes.” K-Ming Chang writes:
Mia Nakaji Monnier was selected as the nonfiction winner for “Dusk.” Nonfiction judge Su Cho writes:
Endria Richardson was selected as the nonfiction runner-up for “Love and Affection.” Su Cho writes:
Tamara Panici was selected as the poetry winner for “The Pig Was Skinned.” Poetry judge Eduardo C. Corral writes:
What a propulsive and marvelous poem. Lines are sentences; each one complicates the story and the strangeness. But the sentences don’t lose the power of the line: they help to modulate momentum and breath. The unfolding of the poem is just as brilliant as the language and imagination. The language here is truly remarkable. Terse, lyrical, urgent. Rich with surprises and memorable phrasing. When I first read the poem, I immediately read it again. It’s that good.
Hua Xi was selected as the poetry runner-up for “Dream With Many Mounds of Grass.” Eduardo C. Corral writes:
In Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” a child asks, What is the grass? This poem is a beautiful response to that question. Here, the grass is ‘luminous and full of surrender,’ elemental and familial but also, as the stunning ending reveals, human. The imagery is striking and memorable and the lines are deftly crafted. A wonderful poem.
Jamila Osman was selected as the flash winner for “Sunday School.” Flash judge J K Chukwu writes:
Sunday School is extremely compelling, no damn amazing. This flash fiction piece, while experimenting with poetic form and time, wonderfully crafts scenes that the readers are able to hold onto as they read. Additionally, I greatly enjoyed how this work taught the readers how to read it.
Chidi Onyia was selected as the flash runner-up for “Initiation.” J K Chukwu writes:
I enjoyed how this piece succinctly set up the beginning of a character’s journey.
Congratulations to the winners!
We also want to congratulate the finalists in each genre, listed below.
Grace Hwang Lynch
Kyle Carerro Lopez
Cindy Juyoung Ok
Hsien Chong Tan
Cindy Juyoung Ok