Editor’s Note

OUR HIGHLY ACCLAIMED SUMMER CONTEST ISSUE!

Dear Readers and Writers,

The Solsticelitmag Contest has found some literary treasures! From among our past annual Contest Winners and Finalists, we count a 2017 Finalist for a Pushcart in Poetry, and one of two cited Notable Essays in The Best American Essays 2015 and one in The Best American Essays 2016.

Our final judges, along with Solstice editors, select winners and finalists from among the hundreds of talented authors who submit.  If you submitted in the past, we encourage you to read these winners and finalists and to submit again next year.

HERE IS OUR LIST OF 2017 WINNERS & FINALISTS & SOLSTICE EDITORS’ PICKS:

(Please see the individual Editors’ Notes for more details. Editors’ Picks selected by Solstice editors: Richard Hoffman for Nonfiction, Ben Berman for Poetry, and Lee Hope, with Assistant Editor Brenda Prescott, for Fiction.)

Nonfiction: Final Judge:  Meredith Hall:
(With gratitude to Michael Steinberg for donating the $500 Nonfiction Prize)

Winner:
Suzanne Gray
Bridge of Cards

Runner-Up
Mollie Murray
Dysfunction

Runner-Up
Catherine Mauk
The Third Eye

Editor’s Pick
Caitlin McGill
Breaking Boundaries

Editor’s Pick
Sharon Doorasamy
Drowning in Margaret Culkin Banning’s Pool

Editor’s Pick
Maija Rothenberg
J is for Juxtapose

 

Poetry: Judge: Final Judge Afaa Michael Weaver:
(For the $500 Stephen Dunn Prize in Poetry)

Winner:
Tyler Erlendson
Prayer for a New God

Finalist:
Isaac Black
Sing Sing’s Electric Chair, Old Sparky 

Finalist:
Carlos Gomez
Before the Last Shot

Finalist:
John Sibley Williams
Salvage

 

Fiction: Judge: Final Judge Robert Lopez:
(For the $1,000 Fiction Prize)

Winner:
Tim Benjamin
The Visitor

Runner-up:
Roberta Gates
Search for a Martyr

Editors’ Pick:
Mariya Taher
The Chaiwalla

Editors’ Pick:
Michael Mark
On a Night in Shelby County

I also urge you to click on Richard Ross’s photography, especially his powerful, vital  Juveniles in Justice series, some of which is included in this issue, including the cover art. Richard is devoted to promoting the rights of juveniles who are locked up. Please also check, when you can, a video of his more of his Juveniles in Justice series at https://vimeo.com/66607265

For next year, in collaboration with our Managing Editor Amy Grier, Solstice Literary Magazine is going to enhance our push to publish writers of diversity, in race, class, ethnicity, gender, also to international authors and veterans.  We want your voices.  We want to deal more intensely with protecting our environment, with racial equity, with the dispossessed and with those on the margins.

Of course, we also publish amazing established writers.  And we are sending out a call for more experimental work in all genres.  We believe that writing on the edge is in itself a call to action, to move beyond boundaries.  And, btw, how about some irony?

Our submissions open again on September 1st.  We have fine readers and are reenergized to respond more quickly. Send us your very best work.  We accept fewer than 5% of submissions, but we are open to writing that challenges, probes, takes risks, resists.

Warmly, Lee Hope

Editor-in-Chief

 

 

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