People may not read anymore, but they sure do write. Reams. And when the call went out for fiction and poetry for CP's annual writing contest, Marylanders responded with more than 120 short stories and some 200 poems. After an arduous judging process--the copying, collating, and stapling alone nearly laid us low--we are pleased, and more than a little relieved, to present the six winning entries.
The blizzard of paper was weathered and tamed by a panel of esteemed judges, including author and Towson University writing teacher Geoffrey Becker, CP staff writer and scribe-in-her-own-right Afefe Tyehimba, and CP contributor/poet/Shattered Wig Review publisher/Normals Books and Records co-proprietor Rupert Wondolowski (all fiction) and erstwhile CP poetry editor Joyce Brown (poetry). Associate editor Anna Ditkoff provided invaluable assistance, as did interns Jocelyn Heath, Tom Werthman, and Ben Yaster.
Thanks also to the contestants, who shared their many, many brainchildren with us, the cream of which we now present to you--the people who don't read.
The poems "Casting Lots" by Katherine Wenerick and "Spring Comes to the City" by Jessica Henig received honorable mention. They will be featured in upcoming editions of Bones, City Paper's poetry column.