THE GLASS WOMAN PRIZE
*** Winners of the Fourteenth Glass Woman Prize ***
I am thrilled to annouce the winner of the Fourteenth Glass Woman Prize (US$500). It is Susan Gibb's story "The Black Side of Wonder." I was hooked from the first sentence to the last. Congratulations. This, incidentally, is Susan Gibb's second story to win the Glass Woman Prize.
Two runner up prize winners (US$50 each) are Cezarija Abartis's story "The Argument" (first published in The Linnet's Wings) and Roberta Chloe Verdant's story "The Wrong Kind of Silence" (first published in mungbeing). Congratulations to both.
Ten finalists are Nonnie Augustine's story "My Early Thirties" (posted on Fictionaut); Louise Beech's story "Any Given Snowflake;" Brenda Blakey's story "Pretend" (winner of Best Fiction at The Corner Club Press); Lynn Beighley's story "Missed (posted on Fictionaut);" MP Ericson's story "Stars Called in Blood;" Sarah Evans's story "The Open Road" (published in the anthology Significant Spaces by Earlyworks Press); Gloria Garfunkel's story "Sobriety Group" (published in the anthology Barcode (Pure Slush, Vol. 8, 2013); Greta Igl's story "Seasons;" Sherri Turner's story "Waiting;" and Cerrid Wynn's story "My Name is Luka" (posted on Fictionaut).
Much inspiring writing here. As well as in hundred of other stories that touched me in the last six months. Congratulations to all.
A huge thank you to the authors who gave permission to post or link to their stories.
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The Fifteenth Glass Woman Prize discovery and submission period is currently under way.
For the Fifteenth Glass Woman Prize I will once again accept direct submissions only from women authors who have in the past volunteered as readers for the Glass Woman Prize and/or women who have won or have been top contenders/finalists in past Glass Woman Prize award cycles. If you qualify, please see specific guidelines below. I will also consider discoveries from my personal general reading. The reading period for the Fifteenth Glass Woman Prize runs from September 22, 2013 through March 21, 2014.
Guidelines for the Fifteenth Glass Woman Prize:
Submission for the Fifteenth Glass Woman Prize is open only to former readers for the prize, as well as to former winners and finalists/top contenderss.
Please submit only one prose piece (either fiction or non-fiction), 50-5000 words, of interest to women. Please paste your submissions in the body of an email to email@example.com, with "Glass Woman Prize submission" in the subject line. I will not consider attachments. The submission period closes March 21, 2014.
Simultaneous submissions and submission of previously published pieces are okay.
There will be one award of $500 and two awards of $50.
There is no reading or entry fee.
Winner and finalist announcements will be made on this web page by June 21, 2014.
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To see past winning and top stories click here.
Please check out Rumjhum Biswas's interview regarding the Glass Woman Prize (including its future), published in flash fiction chronicles on July 28, 2011.
Also check out Blue Fifth Review's March 2011 tribute to the Glass Woman Prize with its Glass Woman Special featuring new work by four of the 2010 winners and myself (I'm honored to make up the "fifth" of Blue Fifth), as well as new artwork by the wonderful Marta L. Sanchez whose "Continuous Celebration of All Things Wonderful" has illuminated the Glass Woman Prize web page almost from the start.
Some additional information
As of November 2012:
$8630 prizes went to 33 prize winners, including $430 in anonymous donations.
8553 direct submissions were read, and an additional estimated 400 from sources other than direct submissions.
86 stories were posted or linked to the Glass Woman Prize page.
Who judges the contest?
At the moment I am the only judge.
In the past many volunteer readers from all over the world helped with preliminary selections.
How is the prize funded?
The prize was originally funded with ten percent of my personal income. While this continues to be the case (I even contribute $1.00 from each $10.00 lottery winning!), since 2010 my personal income has consisted exclusively of financial support provided by my husband, Michael Schulte, and by a generous gift from his late parents. Occasionally there are gifts from other people--so far all have been anonymous. I am so grateful to everyone who allows me to continue this prize.
Because this is something I would have liked to have received for myself. Since I haven’t, at least not recently, and in order to make things right with the world all the same, I feel I have to offer it to someone el
Why the name Glass Woman Prize?
I’ve been playing with the glass woman concept for a while. I want women to be able to acknowledge, transparently, who we are, and that who we are is not trivial and unimportant, despite the fact that it is not typically rewarded in a man-made and money-motivated world.
Here’s my original description of a glass woman as I would depict her if I were a visual artist: a woman of glass, with a blood system and gut system visible inside her, pipes and veins, and in those there would be bits of poetry, newspapers, roses, sentimental things, baby’s teeth, locks of baby hair, all kinds of lace bits, birds, and foxes, ice-picks, wedding rings, veils, and wedding cake doves, graduations gowns, tarot cards, sacred stones, pressed flowers, and a whole lot of joy and a whole lot of sorrow. She’d have a flute and a piano key, an ankh, everything, anger and joy, hope, hiking gear, rock climbing gear, motorcycle gear, dirt, fear, bras, lilacs, mirrors, underwear.
What about the brittleness of glass? I would make it unbreakable glass, of course: transparent, but shatter-proof.
Kathee from Golden, Colorado provided the following additional food for thought about the mysterious quality of glass:
Why no reading fee?
Because I absolutely hate the way every other journal or other entity nowadays uses reading fees for contests as fundraisers. I can see their point. I still hate it.
What am I trying to accomplish with this?
I want to help along the cause of women expressing themselves authentically and fearlessly and passionately. It has something to do with a contribution to justice and soul growing in the world.
One of my ex-husbands once said that women don't support each other. I want to either change that or prove it wrong. This is my small gesture of changing the world.