Cover Photography by William Betcher

Welcome to our SUMMER AWARDS ISSUE, with 2010 Contest Winners and also featuring other special selected poems and essays. We are delighted with the quality of this work, and Solstice lit mag will be nominating from this issue, its next issue, and from its past issues (see Archives) for next year’s Pushcart Prizes, and the Best of Series, both online and print, as well as other online awards. Also, please click on the names in CONTRIBUTORS for the bios of these fine writers. Awards can inspire writers to keep writing and readers to keep reading, so be inspired!

FICTION/NONFICTION: Final Judge, ANDRE DUBUS III (Initial Judges, Solstice editors)

First Prize of $1,000 to FRED SETTERBERG, author and co-author of several books, winner of an AWP prize for nonfiction, and author of the story “Our Golden State.”

Runner-up: JOSÉ SKINNER, recipient of a Barnes & Noble Discover selection, a former writer for Mexican Televisa, a professor and chair of an MFA program, and author of the story “The Edge.”

Finalists: SARA FLOOD, “The Hiding Place;” LISA FRIEDLANDER, “Remains from the Winking Place;” KARIMA GRANT, “Kings;” SYBIL WILEN, “The Dead Garden.”

Honorable Mention from Solstice editors: N.J. AYRES, “The Tomato Farm;” MICHAEL MINER, “Ice;” and JEAN TROUNSTINE, nonfiction, “Meeting Karter.”

POETRY: Final Judge: TERRANCE HAYES (Initial Judge, Solstice poetry editor)

Winner of the $500 Prize: EMILY VAN DUYNE, for three poems. Her chapbook is forthcoming.

First runner-up: ANDREA WALLS for “3rd House Down From the Corner Behind the Red Door.”

Second runner-up: LESLÉA NEWMAN for “Poem for Two Dogs Hanged in Salem, l692.”

Honorable Mention from Solstice editors: MELANIE DRANE for “Year of the Snake” and “The Knifemaker.”

Congrats to all for enriching our lives. Lee Hope, executive editor