THE GLASS WOMAN PRIZE
*** Winners of the Thirteenth Glass Woman Prize ***
I am thrilled to annouce the winner of the Thirteenth Glass Woman Prize (US$500). It is Juliet Grames's compelling story "Monologue" (first published in anderbo). Congratulations.
The two runner up prize winners (US$50 each) are Susan Tepper's story "Venezuela" (first published in Pure Slush) and Janis Butler Holm's story "Pulp Nonfiction" (this story is currently under exclusive contract for an anthology).
Ten remarkable finalists were Jeanne Althouse's story "Goran Holds His Breath" (first published in Shenandoah); Michelle Elvy's story "Wanderer" (first published in Microw); Gloria Garfunkel's story "Ilonka's Hagaddah" (first published in Fictionaut); Tawnysha Greene's story "Tongues" (first published in storySouth); Rosanne Griffeth's story "The Cancer Woman's Beautiful Daughters" (first published in Weave Magazine); Jen Knox's story "Getting There" (first published in PANK); Jennifer Moore's story "Just Another New Kid in Town;" Mary Pat Musick's story "The Circle Line" (first published in Bartleby Snopes); JP Reese's story "Almonds" (first published in Eunoia Review); and Lilia Souzay's story "Here I Am" (first published in Fictionaut).
Congratulations to all the writers for exciting work.
A huge thank you to the authors who gave permission to post or link to their stories.
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The Fourteenth Glass Woman Prize discovery and submission period is currently under way.
For the Fourteenth 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 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 Fourteenth Glass Woman Prize runs from March 22, 2013 through September 21, 2013.
Guidelines for the Fourteenth Glass Woman Prize:
Submission for the Fourteenth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with "Glass Woman Prize submission" in the subject line. I will not consider attachments. The submission period closes September 21, 2013.
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 December 21, 2013.
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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 is funded with ten percent of my personal income. Occasionally there are gifts from other people--so far all have been anonymous.
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.