THE GLASS WOMAN PRIZE
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April 2014 - The Glass Woman Prize just received an anonymous $100 donation which will be awarded as an Anonymous Angel Prize as part of the Sixteenth Glass Woman Prize.
*** Winners of the Fifteenth Glass Woman Prize ***
I am thrilled to announce the winner of the Fifteenth Glass Woman Prize (US$500). It is JP Reese's story "Simulacra" (first published in jmww), an absolutely riveting plea to let the wild woman in all of us go free and untamed. A reading of Simulacra by the author is available on Youtube, with thanks to Bill Yarrow, poet and videographer.
Finalists were Ginger Hamilton's story "Moon Goddess"(first published in The Linnet's Wings), Charlotte Hamrick's story "Something About SW (forthcoming in Camroc Press Review)," Greta Igl's story "Breaking Free," Samantha Priestley's story "If The Game Is Fair," Ruth Schiffmann's story "The Evolution Of Your Goodbyes (first published in Saying Goodbye to the People, Places and Things in Our Lives, A Dream of Things Anthology, and reprinted in Touch: The Journal of Healing)," Lillian Ann Slugocki's story "Eurydice 2.0," Susan Tepper's story "Un, Deux, Trois (first published in Pure Slush)," Kelli Trapnell's story "Instinct," Alison Wells's story "Anise Fish And Colin Behind The Glass," and Dallas Woodburn's story "Goosepimples (first published in Arroyo Literary Review)."
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 fantastic women writers.
A huge thank you to the authors who gave permission to post or link to their stories.
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The Sixteenth Glass Woman Prize discovery and submission period is currently under way.
For the Sixteenth 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 Sixteenth Glass Woman Prize runs from March 22, 2014 through September 21, 2014.
Guidelines for the Sixteenth Glass Woman Prize:
Submission for the Sixteenth 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 September 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 will also be an additional Anonymous Angel Award of $100 for the Sixteenth Glass Woman Prize. This is a gift by an anonymous donor (a repeat donor in fact) who also selects the recipient of this particular one time award. Thank you so much, Anonymous Angel!
There is no reading or entry fee.
Winner and finalist announcements will be made on this web page by December 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 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.