THE GLASS WOMAN PRIZE
March 4, 2015
All life is fragile, even cyber-life. The Glass Woman Prize needs to be suspended for the time being. I will revive it when the time is right.
With love to everyone who has participated or will participate in the future,
*** Winners of the Sixteenth Glass Woman Prize ***
I am thrilled to announce the winner of the Sixteenth Glass Woman Prize (US$500). It is Nonnie Augustine's story "All Is Ready." This is a magically written snapshot of a moment in a woman's life that mirrors a deep yearning in me. I envy the narrator's self-assurance, innocence, joy, and devotion. The story is from Nonnie Augustine's collection One Day Tells its Tale to Another. Congratulations to Nonnie Augustine on her compelling writing.
In April 2014 an Anonymous Angel donated an additional $100 prize and selected its winner. Thank you, Anonymous Angel! I am especially happy about the selection, as this particular story was previously a finalist for the Twelfth Glass Woman Prize (September 2012). The winning story is non-fiction, "The Clothes I Was Wearing" by Sandy Barnett Ebner. It was first published by Connotation Press. Congratulations to Sandy Barnett Ebner, for the courage to share her story for the encouragement of others and for the mastery with which she did so.
Of two runner up prizes of US$50 each, one went to Carol Reid's ethereal story "A Little Mystery," first published in Carol Reid's collection Candyland. The other prize went to Susan Tepper's story "Wildebeest," a fascinating and accurate portrayal of how a woman and a man, respectively, process the same situation. Wildebeest was first published in Thrice Fiction. I am providing two links, the first to the beautiful presentation PDF of Thrice Fiction containing the story, the second to an unadorned instant gratification text of "Wildebeest."
Ten very strong finalists for the Sixteenth Glass Woman Prize are Sarah Evans's story "Paint-drip Scars," Lou Freshwater's story "Angels," Susan Gibb's story "9/11 (first published in 52/250)," Sadie Miller's story "Mirandolina (published in origami journal, summer 2014)," Meg Pokrass's story "At the Lip of the Swimming Lake," Misti Rainwater-Lites's story "Bloodless," Jahanara Rajwani's story "The Elephant Corridor," Gita M. Smith's story, "Roadside Attraction," Elise Stuart's story "Silence," and Melanie Whipman's story "After Ever After" (first published in Structo, Issue 11, 2014).
Much inspiring writing here, as there was also in many of the other stories I read in the last six months. Congratulations to so many amazing women writers.
A huge thank you to the authors who gave permission to post or link to their stories.
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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 April 2014:
$10,430 prizes went to 41 prize winners, including $430 in anonymous donations.
5905 direct submissions were read, and an additional estimated 1000 from sources other than direct submissions.
116 stories were posted or linked to the Glass Woman Prize page.
Who judges the contest?
At the moment I am the only judge except when there is a donation to the Glass Woman Prize, in which the donor becomes the judge for that particular gift prize.
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 both change that and prove it wrong. This is my small gesture of changing the world.