What do Nikki Giovanni, Lemony Snicket (AKA Daniel Handler), Kim Addonizio, Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, Michelle Tea, Walter Mosley and Robert Olen Butler have in common? 1. Stellar writing. 2. Enizagam. Last year, Nikki Giovanni and Daniel Handler adjudicated our annual writing competition and blurbed our winners’ work. This year, poetry phenom’ Kim Addonizio and The New Yorker’s 20 Under 40 author Sarah Shun-lien Bynum will do the same.
Winners in the Poetry and Fiction competitions will receive $1,000.00 each; blurbs about their work from the celebrity judges; and the chance to have their work published in the print journal, and online. Winners and finalists will be nominated for the Pushcart Prize by Enizagam’s editor.
Even better: by submitting work, you’ll be supporting the hardworking young artists who study writing at Oakland School for the Arts – an urban, public school. Combine a philanthropic act with a career-boosting one. Even if you don’t win or place, you’ll receive a lovely contributor’s copy, which you can read; prop up a wobbly table with; or inscribe, and give as a gift.
The 2013 contest is now open. In response to multiple requests, and because we are greedy to read more writing of the caliber we’ve seen this year, we have extended the deadline to March 31, 2013. Best of luck, authors!
Kim Addonizio (2013 Poetry judge) is “one of our nation’s most provocative and edgy poets.” (San Diego Tribune) Her latest books are Lucifer at the Starlite, a finalist for the Poets Prize and the Northern CA Book Award; and Ordinary Genius: A Guide for the Poet Within, both from W.W. Norton. Her novel-in-verse, Jimmy & Rita, was recently reissued by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. Kalima Press published her Selected Poems in Arabic. Addonizio’s many honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, two NEA Fellowships, and Pushcart Prizes for both poetry and the essay. Her collection Tell Me was a National Book Award Finalist. Other books include two novels from Simon & Schuster, Little Beauties and My Dreams Out in the Street.
Sarah Shun-lien Bynum (2013 Fiction judge) was named one of The New Yorker‘s young fiction writers to watch. “The Erlking,” featured in 20 Under 40: Stories from The New Yorker, on shelves now, has solidified her as central to this literary generation. Ms. Bynum has written short stories for The New Yorker and Tin House among other magazines. “Accomplice” was selected for The Best American Short Stories 2004 and in the same year, her first novel, Madeleine is Sleeping, was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. Bynum’s second novel, Ms. Hempel Chronicles, is a series of eight interconnected stories featuring Beatrice Hempel, a middle school English teacher. It was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 2009. Bynum is the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and an NEA Fellowship.
Check out our contest guidelines here: http://oakarts.submishmash.com/Submit.