Our contributor Paul Negri won the Gold Medal prize in the William Faulkner-William Wisdom Writing Competition. This is the second time in a row he won a Gold Medal: last year for a novella and this year for a short story. The judge who gave him the award this year is Adam Johnson,who won the Pulitzer prize for his novel “The Orphan Master’s Son,” and the National Book Award for his story collection, “Fortune Smiles.”
 
Link to Paul’s story.

This prize is administered by North American Review.

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Contest Information:

All winners and finalists will be published in the Spring 2017 issue.
First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $100
Third Prize: $50

2017 Hearst Judge:
Major Jackson

Deadline: October 31st, 2016
Entry fee: $20.00

All entry fees include a one-year subscription. This year, all submissions to the James Hearst Poetry Prize will be handled through our online submission system.

If you are unable to upload your submission, please call us at 319-273-3026 for other entry options.

Rules: You may enter up to five poems in one file. No names on manuscripts, please. Your poems will be “read blind.” Simultaneous submission to other journals or competitions is not allowed.

If you wish to receive the list of winners, please state this in your cover letter and be sure to supply an email address. Winners will also be announced in writers’ trade magazines and on this website.

Tips: We have noticed that long poems rarely do well—too much can go wrong in a large space. Poems that have reached the finalist stage in our competition in the past are typically one to two pages (often much shorter). Winning poems always balance interesting subject matter and consummate poetic craft. We value both free verse and formal poems in rhyme and meter—both open and closed forms.
Questions? email nar@uni.eduphone 319-273-6455 • fax 319-273-4326

Think of your readers as your partners. Assume they are intelligent. Assume they are kind: they chose to read you over millions of other writers.  Assume they are willing and able to work with you.  Assume you are giving them something they haven’t read before, and help them to enjoy the process. Assume your story is an enticing puzzle. Don’t make it too transparent but make it logical. Leave hints for your readers. Let them unravel it. Let them say, wow at the end. Let them think: it was time well spent. Let them return to read your next story.

Now, put the assumptions aside and do it.

Sundress publications Best of the Net 2006

Gordon Grice “The White Cat” from The Vestal Review

Dzanc Books  Best of the Web 2009:

Marcela Fuentes – An Ugly Man – Vestal Review

The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2009

ROBERT  OLEN  BUTLER,   “Intercourse” from The Vestal Review

The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2010

KATE  BLAKINGER,   “Living in Reverse”  from The Vestal Review

The Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions of 2011

Hirsch, Aubrey, “Why We Never Talk About Sugar,” VESTAL REVIEW (Issue 37)

Longlist: The Wigleaf Top 50 (2013)

Herriott, Andrew. “The Floorboards Creak,” VESTAL REVIEW (#42, Summer 2012)

Longlist: The Wigleaf Top 50 (2014)

Van Donkelaar, Curtis, “To Send,” VESTAL REVIEW (Issue 43; Winter, 2013)

Longlist: The Wigleaf Top 50 (2015)

Bean, Zack, “Bad Boys,” VESTAL REVIEW (Issue 45)

2015 Write Well Award

A National Tragedy
by Claire Tristram
Vestal Review

Contest 1
Based on the combined results of the “likes,” the poll and the editorial wisdom, the following is the winning entry:
Homer wishes Emily found only a rose.
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 Contest 2

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The voting is closed and the results are in. Based on the combination of the votes and editorial wisdom, the winner is Jonathan Cardew for his “Intake nicotine. Close eyes. There. What chicken?”

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Contest 3

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Based on the combined results of the “likes” and the editorial wisdom, the following is the winning entry:
Christopher James “Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Limited Edition Director’s Cut.”

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Contest 4

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Based on the combined results of the “likes” and the editorial wisdom, the following is the winning entry:

Karen ONeil “Stripped of time….it’s the 11th hour”

Congratulations, Karen. The winner gets his or her flash fiction story under 500 words critiqued by a member of the VR editorial team (no guarantee of acceptance, though).

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Contest 5

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Based on the combined results of the “likes” and the editorial wisdom, the following is the winning entry:

Richelle Little “One more sentence, dear. Be right in.”

Congratulations, Richelle. You gets your flash fiction story under 500 words critiqued by a member of the VR editorial team (no guarantee of acceptance, though).

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Contest #6 is coming soon.