Mary C. Mohr Editors' Award
2013 Fiction Award Winner
Leslie Kirk Campbell is the author of Journey Into Motherhood (Riverhead) and has published her personal essays in the San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, sfgate.com, and Literary Mama. Her short story "Thunder in Illinois" was a finalist for the Iowa Review and the Bellevue Literary Review, received an Honorable Mention at Carve Magazine, and won the 2013 The Briar Cliff Review Award. Leslie received an MA in English/Creative Writing (poetry) from San Francisco State University and an MFA (fiction) from the Bennington Writing Seminars. She teaches creative writing at Ripe Fruit School of Creative Writing, a program she founded in 1991.
Leslie's short story "Nightlight" will appear in the spring 2014 issue. Click here for complete
"If this was a high dive and not a story competition, 'Nightlight' would impress, in part, because of its level of difficulty. The story—a secret sharer themed story—is risky, ambitious, unpredictable, gracefully written, and rich in both its external detail and its characterizations."
—Stuart Dybek, 2013 judge
2012 Poetry Award Winner
Jed Myers is a Philadelphian living in Seattle, whose poems have appeared in
Prairie Schooner, Nimrod International Journal, Golden Handcuffs Review,
qarrtsiluni, Atlanta Review, Quiddity, Fugue, the
Journal of the American Medical Association, the Rose Alley Press anthology
Many Trails to the Summit, and elsewhere. He is also the winner of the
2012 Abbie M. Copps Poetry Prize.
Jed's poem "Wire in Water" appears in the spring 2013 issue.
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"Music is a hard element to translate into words; something is always in danger of sonic loss, either the poem, or the subject itself. So I admired the task the poet of "Wire in Water" set for themselves, which in some small way, must mirror the dilemma Henryk Górecki must have had in composing his Symphony No. 3; how to say this, how to translate the near incomprehensible into notes? This poem does its duty to music, to language, to us."
—Cornelius Eady, 2012 judge
2011 Fiction Award Winner
Mary Larkin earned a PhD in creative writing and English at Florida State
University and her MA from Hollins University’s Creative Writing Program, where
she won the Andrew James Purdy Award. Larkin is a Pushcart nominee, a Fellow of
the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, an AWP Intro Journals Award nominee,
a Writers@Work National Finalist, a two-time finalist for the Doris Betts
Fiction Award, and the recipient of the North Carolina Blumenthal Writers Award.
Her short stories have appeared in Shenandoah, Cutthroat: A Journal
of the Arts, The Nebraska Review, The Chattahoochee Review,
Inkwell, The New Purlieu Review, and other journals.
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read an interview with Larkin conducted by SIR interns Whitney Litherland and
Trista Riggs. Click here to view a video of the author reading excerpts from her short story.
2010 Poetry Award Winner
Amanda Auchter is the founding
editor of Pebble Lake Review and the author of
The Glass Crib, winner of the 2010 Zone 3 Press First Book Award judged by
Rigoberto González, and the chapbook Light Under Skin (Finishing Line
Press, 2006). A former Theodore Morrison Poetry Scholar for the Bread Loaf
Writers’ Conference, she has received awards and honors from Bellevue
Literary Review, BOMB Magazine, Crab Orchard Review,
Cutthroat, Mid-American Review, and others. She holds an MFA from
Bennington College and teaches creative writing and literature at Lone Star