Our 2013 contest is now closed. Thank you to everyone who submitted. Check back soon for this year’s contest winners.
Poetry: Lyn Hejinian
Lyn Hejinian is the author of numerous books, including most recently The Book of a Thousand Eyes (Omnidawn Books, 2012) and The Wide Road, written in collaboration with Carla Harryman (Belladonna, 2010). In spring 2013, Wesleyan University Press will publish A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field 1982-1998, co-edited by Hejinian and Barrett Watten, an anthology of works on key issues in poetics first published in Poetics Journal. And in fall 2013 Wesleyan will republish her best-known book, My Life, in an edition that will include the related My Life in the Nineties. In addition to literary writing, editing, and translating, Hejinian has in recent years been involved in anti-privatization activism at the University of California, Berkeley, where she teaches.
Nonfiction: Dinty W. Moore
Dinty W. Moore is author of The Mindful Writer: Noble Truths of the Writing Life, as well as the memoir Between Panic & Desire, winner of the Grub Street Nonfiction Book Prize in 2009. He also edited The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Nonfiction: Advice and Essential Exercises from Respected Writers, Editors, and Teachers. Moore has published essays and stories in The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Harpers, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Iron Horse Literary Review, and Crazyhorse, among numerous other venues. A professor of nonfiction writing at Ohio University, Moore has won many awards for his writing, including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. He edits Brevity, an online journal of flash nonfiction, and lives in Athens, Ohio, where he grows heirloom tomatoes and edible dandelions.
Fiction: Kevin Moffett
Kevin Moffett is the author of two books, Permanent Visitors, which won the John Simmons Short Fiction Award, and Further Interpretations of Real-Life Events. He is a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s and his stories and essays have appeared in Tin House, American Short Fiction, the Believer, A Public Space, The Best American
Short Stories, and elsewhere. He has received the National Magazine Award, the Nelson Algren Award, the Pushcart Prize, and a literature fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts. The Silent History, a collaborative multipart narrative he’s written with Matt Derby and Eli Horowitz, was released as an app for mobile devices in fall 2012.
Beecher’s 2012 contests:
Our first annual contest has now closed. We’d like to thank everyone who participated. A special thanks, again, to our guest judges, who donated their time and attention to Beecher’s entrants. And, of course, congratulations to the winners!
Dear, and Anxiety of Chances
Gnostic Gospel, Soon We’ll Bury All Our Dead, and Call and Response
I am the Sea Captain, I am Lance Armstrong, I am Tonya Harding
Fiction: Deb Olin Unferth
Deb Olin Unferth is the author of Minor Robberies (McSweeney’s, 2007), Vacation (McSweeney’s, 2008), and Revolution: The Year I Fell in Love and Went to Join the War (Henry Holt, 2011). Her stories have appeared in Harper’s, Guernica, Fence, Gigantic, and other magazines, including Noon, to which she is a frequent contributor. She is the recipient of the Cabell First Novelist Award and a Pushcart Prize. She previously taught at the University of Kansas, where Beecher’s is based; she now teaches at Wesleyan University.
“Wonderful, addictive prose. Ms. Unferth sure knows how to turn a phrase and it’s a delight to follow her across the American landscape.”
“Part mystery, part sonata. Unferth writes like a musician plays, weaving images and themes and melodies with these beautifully rhythmic, funny, heartbreaking sentences. The whole novel should be read aloud and relished.”
“Deb Olin Unferth is, I believe, one of the crucial literary artists of her generation. Her fictions give evidence of an artist determined to speak about the remarkable, who manages with exactitude all elements necessary to produce the well-made, eccentric object. Her vision evokes high comedy and the violence of tragedy heard through voices exquisitely particular to her mind.”
Poetry: Adam Robinson
Adam Robinson is the editor of Publishing Genius and Everyday Genius. He is the author of Adam Robison and Other Poems (Narrow House, 2010) and Say, Poem (Awesome Machine, 2010). You can read about him Publisher’s Weekly and in Poets & Writers.
[Adam Robinson's] mix of classical and mundane references imbues lines like “There would be a pronounced lack/ Of throwing Nerf balls to paralytics/ In the basement” with more meaning than they have any right to have.
- Baltimore City Paper
This book is marvelous, genius fun.
- CA Conrad
Not only my favorite title of the year, but this is also a book I have been waiting to hold in my hands with great anticipation for quite some time – as a friend, yes, but more so in language glee. Adam can truly speak it in a way I have never heard anyone else speak. This is going to be one to drink milk in bed with
- Blake Butler, htmlgiant
My happiest purchase of the year. And I just bought a really cool new bicycle.
- Arthur Q. Bryan