Nov 7, 2007    #158
Contact: Angela Turner

New Letters Magazine awards $4,500 in literary prizes

New Letters magazine announces winners of the 22nd-annual international New Letters Awards for Writers. The contest awards prizes for the best poetry, short fiction and essay. Each winner will receive $1,500 and publication in the awards issue of New Letters in 2008.

“These awards tend to be won by relatively unknown writers, and they are writers who – from past experience – tend to develop major reputations,” said New Letters editor Robert Stewart.

Jennifer Maier of Seattle, Wash., won the New Letters Poetry Award for “Hangman” and “A Puzzle.” The pair of poems was selected by poetry judge Mary Jo Salter, author of five poetry collections and Emily Dickinson Senior Lecturer at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass.

Beverly Blasingame of Iowa City, Iowa, won The Dorothy Churchill Cappon Essay Award for “Whistleblower.” Essay judge Gerald Early has published books and articles on American culture and is Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters and director of The Center for the Humanities at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo.

Sara Pritchard of Morgantown, W. Va., won The Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award for “Two Studies in Entropy.”

Regarding the judging of the fiction portion of the contest, Massachusetts-based author Rishi Reddi said, “The final selection was very difficult, and I hope that all the authors who submitted work will continue to keep writing, keep polishing their work.”

New Letters received over 1,600 contest entries in 2007, representing all 50 states and many foreign countries. The next deadline is May 18, 2008.

New Letters is published quarterly by the University of Missouri-Kansas City and is distributed world wide. Subscriptions are available for $22 per year, with discount for longer subscriptions. Call (816) 235-1168, e-mail, or visit for more information.

UMKC, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a three-part mission: visual and performing arts, health sciences and urban engagement.


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