Thursday, April 17, 2014

Selected by Dorothea Lasky as a Winner of the 2014 SLS Contest

Summer Literary Seminars is very excited to announce the winners of our 2014 Literary Contest! The sheer number and quality of the nearly 1000 submissions was exceptionally highCongratulations to the winners, and to all who entered!

A very special thanks to our judges, and to our contest partners Fence Magazine, the Los Angeles Review of Books, The Center for Fiction, St. Petersburg Review, and the esteemed Graywolf Press.
Over the next week, we will be sending out a number of merit-based fellowship offers and editor's choice awards to the contest participants whose work has impressed our readers and judges with its overall strength. 

POETRY (Judged by Dorothea Lasky)
First Place: Monica McClure (Brooklyn, NY)
Second Place: Sandra Simonds (Tallahassee, FL)
Third Place: Douglas Piccinnini (Lambertville, NJ)

Poetry Winners

Monica McClure’s debut collection, Tender Data, will be published by Birds, LLC this year. She is the author of the chapbooks, Mood Swing, from Snacks Press and Mala, forthcoming from Poor Claudia. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Tin House, Jubilat, The Los Angeles Review, The Lit Review, Lambda Literary Review’s Spotlight Series, The Awl, Spork and elsewhere. She curates Atlas, a collaboration series of visual artists and poets, and lives in New York City.

Sandra Simonds is the author of four full-length collections of poetry: The Glass Box (Saturnalia Books, 2015), The Sonnets (Bloof Books, 2014),  Mother was a Tragic Girl (Cleveland State University Poetry Center, 2012) and Warsaw Bikini (Bloof Books, 2009) which was a finalist for numerous prizes including the National Poetry Series. Simonds’ poems have been published in many  journals such as the American Poetry Review, The Believer, the Colorado Review, Fence, the Columbia Poetry Review, among others. She also has a poem forthcoming in the Best American Poetry 2014. She lives  in Tallahassee, Florida and is Assistant Professor of English at Thomas University in Thomasville, Georgia. 

Douglas Piccinnini is co-author of the bilingual text  (TPR Press, 2013) and of the chapbooks, Soft (The Cultural Society, 2010) and Crystal Hard-on (Minutes Books, 2010)—as well as an encoded chromagylph called FLAG (Well Greased Press, 2013). Story Book, a novella,  will appear later this year with The Cultural Society and, his first book of poems, Blood Oboe, will be released by Omnidawn in 2015.