The Delmarva Review Short Story Prize
The New Year opens with the announcement of the winners of the 2011 Delmarva Review Short Story Prize. Author Iain Baird, of Annapolis and New Orleans, won the first place cash prize of $500 for his story The Flight. Baird’s winning story will be published in The Delmarva Review’s 2012 edition, in October.
The literary review announced three cash prize winners and one honorable mention. The second place prize of $200 was awarded to Hildie Block, of Arlington, VA for her story, People. Third place, with a cash award of $100, went to Caryn Coyle, of Baltimore, MD for her fiction, Insignificance. Ellen Wise, of Galena, MD won an honorable mention for her story, Bridgeville.
“These were very fine stories and a pleasure to read,” said author Barbara Esstman, who judged the competition. “Congratulations to all the writers.”
The judge’s name remained anonymous until the announcement of the winners. Barbara Esstman is a National Endowment for the Arts fellow with a MFA from George Mason University. She is co-editor with Virginia Hartman of A More Perfect Union. Her novels, The Other Anna and Night Ride Home, were adapted for film by Hallmark Productions and translated into 13 languages. She teaches at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD and McLean, VA, and works with private clients in developing their novels and memoirs.
“The winning stories distinguished themselves by their tight structure; precise language; textured scenes; and accurate description of some aspect of the human condition,” Esstman said. “They show pivotal moments in their protagonists’ lives with such great clarity that I could share in the characters’ epiphanies.”
First place winner Iain Baird is a memoirist and writer of short fiction and creative nonfiction. Twice a Pushcart nominee, his stories have been published in Seven Hills Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Timber Creek Review, and Oracle, among others. A memoir, Two Storms, was published in 2010.
Hildie Block has published over 50 short stories, and her book, Not What I Expected was published in 2007. She has taught creative writing workshops in the Washington, DC area since 1996.
Caryn Coyle writes about arts, culture and food for the websites CBS Baltimore and Welcome to Baltimore, Hon. Her fiction has been published in Gargoyle, Little Patuxent Review, Loch Raven Review, Midway Journal, The Santa Fe Journal, and City Sages: Baltimore (2010).
Ellen Wise is the recipient of a 2011 Maryland Individual Artist Award. She was a semifinalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize and was named a Mid-Atlantic Creative Fellow in poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals.
The first Delmarva Review Short Story Prize, to encourage the writing of new literary fiction, was made possible by an anonymous contribution matched by the Eastern Shore Writers Association. The competition was open to submissions from all writers from September to November 1, 2011.
Printed copies and subscriptions of the Review can be ordered on the website: www.delmarvareview.com. A digital edition is available from Kindle on Amazon.com for download to tablets, cell phones and other reading devices. Writers should visit the website for submission guidelines. The submission period for the 2012 issue is open to all writers until February 28.