The 2015 New Southerner Literary Contest opens August 1 and runs through September 30. In addition to publication in the literary edition and the chance to participate in a celebratory reading, we offer $200 prizes for winners of Fiction, Nonfiction, and the James Baker Hall Memorial Prize in Poetry. New Southerner editors and advisory board members blindly review and select the top five entries in each category. Final judges select winning entries. This year’s final judges are Cecilia Woloch, Angela Jackson-Brown, and Richard Goodman. Submission guidelines are posted here: New Southerner Literary Contest.
FINAL JUDGE, JAMES BAKER HALL MEMORIAL PRIZE IN POETRY
Cecilia Woloch is a poet, writer, teacher, and traveler based in Los Angeles but “on the road” across the U.S. and Europe six months each year. She is the author of six award-winning collections of poems—most recently Earth (Two Sylvias Press, 2015) and Carpathia (BOA Editions, 2009). Her second collection, Tsigan: The Gypsy Poem, was published in French translation (Tzigane, le poème, Gitan, Scribe-l’Harmattan, 2014) and has been adapted for multi-media performances in the U.S. and Europe. Woloch is also the author of Narcissus (Tupelo Press, 2008), Late (BOA Editions) and Sacrifice (Cahuenga Press 1997/Tebot Bach, 2006). Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Chateau de La Napoule Retreat for Artists, and the Isaac W. Bernheim Foundation. She has been awarded the Indiana Review Poetry Prize and the New Ohio Review Poetry Prize. She collaborates regularly with musicians, dancers, visual artists, theater artists and filmmakers, and conducts workshops for writers around the world. The founding director of Summer Poetry in Idyllwild, The Istanbul Poetry Workshop, and The Paris Poetry Workshop, she has also served on the faculties of a number of graduate and undergraduate creative writing programs.
FINAL JUDGE, FICTION PRIZE
Angela Jackson-Brown is an English professor at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Born in Montgomery, Alabama, she grew up in Ariton and graduated from Troy University with a bachelor’s in business administration. She received a master of arts in English at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and earned a master of fine arts in creative writing at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. Her work has appeared in Pet Milk, Uptown Mosaic Magazine, The Louisville Review, Muscadine Lines: A Southern Journal, Blue Lake Review, Identity Theory, Toe Good Poetry, and 94 Creations. Her short story, “Something in the Wash” was awarded the 2009 fiction prize by New Southerner Literary Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in Fiction. Her play Wade in the Water was professionally read at the University of Louisville in the summer of 2012. Her debut novel, Drinking from a Bitter Cup, was published by WiDo Publishing in 2014. She is the mother of two sons, Justin Bean and Michael Brown, and the wife of Robert L. Brown.
FINAL JUDGE, NONFICTION PRIZE
Richard Goodman is the author of French Dirt: The Story of a Garden in the South of France, The Soul of Creative Writing, A New York Memoir, and The Bicycle Diaries: One New Yorker’s Journey Through 9/11. He has written for The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, Harvard Review, River Teeth, Chautauqua, Vanity Fair, Ascent, French Review, and Michigan Quarterly Review. He is an assistant professor of creative nonfiction writing at the University of New Orleans. Richard’s website is www.richardgoodman.org.