Sep 19, 2006    #145
Contact: Nick Barron

New Letters Magazine awards $4,500 in prizes

New Letters Editor Robert Stewart has announced winners for the 21st-annual New Letters Awards for Writers contest.

Eric Leigh of San Francisco, Calif., won first prize in poetry, with “The Dark-Light of Spring.” Poetry judge Michael Waters says, “I admire the vigor and clarity in these poems, their attentions to language and line, and their prodding beyond the expected to arrive at some truth contained more in their telling than in their stories.”

Laurie Klein of Deer Park, Wash., won first prize in the essay for “A Meeting of Waters.” Essay judge Hilary Masters says, “Inventive in its imagery and metaphor. Thoroughly professional in its execution.”

Misty Urban of Ithaca, N.Y., won first prize in fiction for her story “Trying to Find a Corn Dog in Tompkins County.”

“We offer these literary awards for writers to shake the bushes, so to speak,” Stewart said. “We almost always find fresh talent that deserves more attention, and this year we did it again.”

Fiction judge Margot Livesey says, “I take my hat off to all these authors, especially the two whose stories I chose, for their intelligent, passionate, well made, illuminating stories. I feel fortunate to be among their early readers.”

Over 1,700 writers competed in this year’s Awards for Writers, representing 48 states and many foreign countries. Winners in each category will receive $1,500 and publication in the spring awards issue of New Letters magazine. Runners-up in each category receive a complimentary copy of a recent book from New Letters’ affiliate BkMk Press. All entries receive consideration for publication in a future issue of New Letters.

Photos of the winners are available upon request.

“Part of what makes this Awards series so successful,” says editor Robert Stewart, “is our scrupulous process of deadlines, format, and anonymity. Writers know where they stand, and they stand with their writing.”

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