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Oct 31, 2008    #106
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New Letters Magazine Announces 23rd Annual Literary Awards Prize Winners Publication awards writers a total of $4,500

New Letters – a quarterly literary and art magazine published by the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) – announces its 23rd annual literary awards prize winners. Prizes include a $1,500 award for each poetry, fiction and essay winner, as well as publication in the winter 2009 issue of New Letters.

“The New Letters Literary Awards have a long tradition of discovering fresh new voices in fiction, poetry and the essay,” said Robert Stewart, New Letters editor. “This year, we continue that tradition with amazing new writing by these three winners."

Laurie Zimmerman of Andover, N.H., won the $1,500 New Letters Prize for Poetry for her poems “After the Marriage,” “Ski Jumper,” “Bird,” and “In Proctor Graveyard.” Poetry judge Christopher Buckley chose her poems. “I admired the modesty of voice, the poet willing to surrender to the poem, the poem driven by meaning,” said Buckley, who has written 16 books of poetry.

Robyn Aspach of Ann Arbor, Mich., won the $1,500 Dorothy Churchill Cappon Prize for her essay “Three Hooks.” Thomas E. Kennedy, an award-winning author of 24 books, selected the essay. “It is a powerful, uncompromisingly honest portrayal of a young Jewish American woman’s experience in Israel, of a three-month stay in a war zone – at once a celebration of passion and an unsentimental lamentation of our vast contemporary ruin.”

Tim Johnston of Iowa City, Iowa, won the $1,500 Alexander Patterson Cappon Prize for Fiction for his short-story “Dirt Men.” “The story reverberates long after its last sentence,” said fiction judge Laura Kasischke, author of 11 books of fiction and poetry.

New Letters received more than 1,400 entries from 50 states and 20 foreign countries. The next deadline is May 18, 2009. See www.newletters.org for details.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City: The University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC), one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 14,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. Celebrating 75 years, UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience.

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