Results of the (occasional) 2018 Winter Contests!

FLASH CNF RESULTS

“31 – 4 – 25” by Doug Paul Case | WINNER, Selected by Paul Lisicky

“Essay in Which I’ve Borrowed my Boyfriend’s T-Shirt” by Doug Paul Case | Finalist

“Duck Duck” by Brooke Larson | Finalist

“Grief Studies” by Natalie Sharp| Finalist

“Landing” by Matt Stebbins | Finalist

 

POETRY COMICS FINALISTS

“Lightless” by Annalise Mabe | WINNER, Selected by Gabrielle Bates

“im dehydrated” by Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf | Finalist

“my laptop is my lover” by Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf | Finalist

“when im like, really depressed i have a lot of sex” by  Zoë Blair-Schlagenhauf | Finalist

“Dominion” by Mercer Hanau| Finalist

 

Thanks to the judges and all who entered! Special thanks, too, to Matthew Mahaney, whose cross-stitches are a part of the prize for each winner. A full list of all the writers & artists we’ll be publishing in GS 9.2, debuting this summer, along with these winning works, will be out soon.

 

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GS 6th Annual Contest Results!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered and also to our judges for the 6th annual Gigantic Sequins summer contests. Here are the results!

FLASH FICTION

WINNER, selected by Melissa Goodrich
Blue Honey – Celia Daniels

FINALISTS

“A Hand to the Nearest” – Vincent Carafano
“The Gargoyles Survey Their City” – Jennifer Fliss
“Ketsui, the Town the Clouds Left Forever” – Youssef Helmi
“How Then” – Anna Vangala Jones
“Wheels and Bushings” – Maureen Langloss
“Alvin” – Vincent Poturica
“The Attraction of Older Traditions” – Anne Weisgerber
“Princess Shipwreck” – Tessa Yang

POETRY, selected by Eduardo C. Corral
WINNER

“The Luster of Everything I’m Already Forgetting” – Nicole Rollender

FINALISTS

“the ghost of the dead sea rewrites the history of drowning” – George Abraham
“Womandream” – Caroline Chavatel
“all the dead boys” – Sage Curtis
“The Target” – José Hernández Díaz
“Directions to My Body for the Uninitiated” – Alexa Doran
“LOOK MUDHOLE, THEY BULLDOZED THE MTN & PUT A DOLLAR GENERAL IN” – Evan Gray
“[Live]Stream” – Ashley Gong
“Glazed Case” – Rebecca Hazelton
“Consider” – Megan LeAnne

4th Annual Poetry & Flash Fiction Contest Results

GIGANTIC SEQUINS 2015 SUMMER CONTEST SERIES:
4TH ANNUAL POETRY & FLASH FICTION CONTEST RESULTS

WINNERS
“Dopamax” by Heather Bowlan, poetry chosen by Roland V. Wilson
“Am I Anna Karenina” by Lillian Ann Slugocki, flash fiction chosen by Leesa Cross-Smith

POETRY RESULTS
RUNNER-UP: “When an ordained instrument sings in an endless clearing under the midnight sun and is disturbed that her voice does not echo, does she learn anything from the term conceptual limit situation?” by Candice Wuehle
HONORABLE MENTION: “Body in Expensive Heels the Studs a Bit Worn” by Travis Sharp
FINALISTS:
“Cities are for the Assholes” by Marty Cain
“To Make This Banquet More Stern & Bloody” by Marty Cain
“Husbands” by Tafisha Edwards
“The surface of the water did not want to be baptized” by Jane Huffman
“Sanity’s Song: How to Un-love” by Veronica Lupinacci
“Excerpt: Sandy’s Diary” by Jessica Morey-Collins
“Acreage: theme & variations” by Billie R. Tadros

FLASH FICTION RESULTS
FINALISTS:
​“The Horribles” by Michael Alessi“Arlene” by Libby Flores
“Grass Islands” by Craig Foltz
“Their Bodies Only Prettier” by Gary Joshua Garrison
“My Mother and the Seven Silences” by Ingrid Jendrzejewski
“Lies” by Myriam Lacroix

PRIZES
A Giftcard from Litographs, $75.00, a letterpress broadside of the winning work, publication in GS issue 7.1

Announcing… The GS 4th Annual Summer Contests!

It’s the GS 4th annual contests in poetry and flash fiction!

That’s right! FOURTH ANNUAL. Holy Wow!

This year’s 2015 contests run from 7/10-9/10! More information below…

PRIZES
A Giftcard from Litographs, $75.00, a letterpress broadside of the winning work, publication in GS issue 7.1

JUDGES
RONALDO V. WILSON (POETRY)
Poet Ronaldo Wilson earned an BA at the University of California-Berkeley, an MA at New York University, and a PhD at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center. Discussing poetry’s role in the American imagination, especially as a tool to combat powerful, persistent ideas about race, the body, and trauma, Wilson told Elizabeth Hildreth in Bookslut, “I love poetry for allowing the tools with which one can capture, create and perform such an experience for the reader that tests the shifting limits of trauma by mapping out the power arrangements in such an encounter between human beings.” Wilson is the author of the collections Poems of the Black Object (2009), which won the Publishing Triangle’s Thom Gunn Award, and Narrative of the Life of the Brown Boy and the White Man (2008). He has received fellowships and residencies from Cave Canem, Kundiman, the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Vermont Studio Center, Yaddo, the Anderson Center for the Arts, the Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. With poets Dawn Lundy Martin and Duriel E. Harris, Wilson cofounded the performance-based Black Took Collective.

LEESA CROSS-SMITH (FLASH FICTION)
Leesa Cross-Smith is a homemaker. She is the author of the short story collection Every Kiss A War (Mojave River Press) which was a finalist for both the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and the Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in places like Gigantic SequinsSmokelong Quarterly, and Carve Magazine, among many others. Her stories have also been featured on Wigleaf’s Top 50 Short Fictions list and will be appearing in the Queen’s Ferry Press Best Small Fictions of 2015 anthology. She is the editor of a literary magazine called WhiskeyPaper and lives in Kentucky with her husband and babies. Find more at LeesaCrossSmith.com.

FOR MORE INFO & TO ENTER YOUR WORK…
See the specific guidelines via our Submittable site.

Announcing… the First-Ever GS Spring Subscription Drive!

We know it kind of feels like summer already. Things are changing. And so are the way we do things around here in the spring. Little by little, GS has made choices that are helping us to becoming a better and better indie print journal. Our latest decision is to forego our typical Spring Friend Drive for something new– a Spring Subscription Drive!

HERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT HAVE–AND OUR ANSWERS TO THEM:

What’s a Subscription Drive?

A subscription drive is when we ask people to subscribe to GS, on a repeated basis, with some goals in mind.

But don’t you always ask people to subscribe?

Technically yes, but we typically don’t have goals… or rewards if those goals are met.

Cool! What are the goals… and the rewards?

Our goal is to get as many subscribers as possible– but we are aiming for at least 50 new people.

Wow! 50! That’s a lot!

It is… except, we get a LOT of submissions, and–

I bet you do! And you guys don’t charge submissions fees– and you’re a print journal? That’s crazy.

I know right! So as I was saying, because so many people send us their work, well over 50 during each open period, and because our main priority is our print journal–we only publish select work online, usually over 6 months after the print issue the work originally appeared in has been out already– if we can get even a small percentage of the people who submit to us to subscribe, we feel like it would be mutually beneficial for both GS AND the people who send us their work.

How so?

Well, when people send us work without reading a past issue of GS, they can’t really get a good feel of the variety of different types of work we like to publish. We want people to know what kind of work we love enough to print so that they can find the work of theirs that would fit best with what we publish. Also, kind of the whole point of running a literary journal is to get the work we DO publish out there. And if people want to be published in our journal, they also should want to read the great stuff we’re already publishing. So they should subscribe.

Right! Because they would want people to read their work once it’s published with you–after they become subscribers and know what GS likes to publish and send you work that’s the right fit. 

Exactly. Looks like we are on the same page.

Except… you said rewards.

Oh, yeah, right! So even though we don’t charge a fee for regular submissions, we *DO* charge a fee for people to enter our contests. We figure, if you can win money and prizes, it’s not too much to ask for a $5 fee from people who send work into our annual summer contest series in poetry and flash fiction and our winter contests, which this past year were in poetry comics and flash non-fiction.

That’s already not that much.

Thanks! We don’t think so either. But we want to give people a chance to pay even less, so for every 50 new (or renewing) subscribers we get between May 15th and June 30th, we’re going to knock $1 off that fee.

That’s awesome! What about next year?

We’ll do this every year from now until we come up with a better idea.

Cool!

YOU HEARD IT HERE. SUBSCRIBE TO GS. HELP US MEET OUR GOAL TO KNOCK AT LEAST ONE DOLLAR (MAYBE MORE?!) OFF OUR CONTEST ENTRY FEE THIS SUMMER, AND IN RETURN YOU GET THE BEST BLACK & WHITE BIANNUAL PRINY LITERARY ARTS JOURNAL THERE IS IN YOUR MAILBOX AT LEAST THREE TIMES IN A ROW. SUBSCRIBE HERE! SUBMITTER’S DISCOUNT SUBSCRIPTIONS COUNT, TOO! DON’T YOU WANT THE PEOPLE READING THE JOURNALS WHERE YOU SEND YOUR WORK TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION TO BE PEOPLE LIKE YOURSELF? MAKE IT HAPPEN.

Winter Series Contests in Poetry Comics and Flash Non-fiction: Results!

Flash Non-fiction

WINNER, selected by Mike Doughty
“Appropriation” by Ingrid Jendrzejewski
FINALISTS
Laura Citino “Several Folk Taxonomies”
Paul Rodgers “Magenemite”
Doug Paul Case “Indiana, Newly Spring”
Kayla Haas “Powerlines”
Melissa Moorer “Dog Lover”
Meg Reid “Summer Boat”
Sarah Glady “Volta”

Poetry Comics

WINNER, selected by Bianca Stone
Gabrielle Bates “As When Gone Wildabouting”
FINALISTS
Kaveh Akbar & Nikki Gardner “Mostly Hypothetical”
Patrick Williams “Redactions”
Kaveh Akbar & Nikki Gardner “Human Teeth.”
Paul Siegell “Catherine Quirk”
Peter Friedman “Pillow Carnival”
shoney lamar from Outlook Good
Lea Graber “Fuzz”
Raychelle Duazo “What Holds You To Us”
Prizes for our 2 winners include swag from Flying Groundhog and powerHouse Books in addition to publication and a cash prize. Stay tuned for more information on our upcoming summer contests in flash fiction & poetry!