Dear Valued Readers, Our Summer Contest Issue is always a special joy, to celebrate such excellence, diversity, passion, and compassion in writing today, as a counterbalance, and even a saving grace, against the forces that attempt to divide us.
We thank our superb judges: Terrance Hayes in poetry, Phillip Lopate in nonfiction, and Ann Hood in fiction for their careful selection of winners and finalists.
Special thanks to all who submitted. We received almost double the number of submissions this year, so the choices were especially difficult with such a plethora of fine writing. Read the Summer issue