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John Steinbeck Award for Fiction


“Closer to Heaven”

by Richard Stim


Richard Stim has written for Newsday, InterviewSpin 

MagazineAudioFile, and California Living. He is the author of numerous legal books, a middle-grade mystery series, and is a founding member of two bands, MX-80 Sound and Angel Corpus Christi. He lives with his wife in a houseboat in Sausalito.


Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction

“Two Tablespoons of Tim”

by Eileen Vorbach Collins

Eileen Vorbach Collins began writing to confront her grief. Her stories have been published in a number of journals and she received the Diana Woods Memorial Award for Creative Nonfiction. Eileen is honored that her work has been selected for the Gabriele Rico Challenge Award and publication in Reed Magazine.


Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

“Intimacy at The Blue Moon Café”

by Jeanne Julian

Jeanne Julian’s chapbooks are Blossom and Loss and Relic and Myth; her collection Like the O in Hope was published in 2019 by The Poetry Box Select. Her poems have been published in The Comstock ReviewPoetry QuarterlyNaugatuck River Review, and other journals.

Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry


by Rodrigo Toscano


Rodrigo Toscano is the author ten books of poetry. His latest is In Range (Counterpath). His Collapsible Poetics Theater (Fence Books) was a National Poetry Series selection. His poetry has appeared in over twelve anthologies. He works for the Labor Institute as a national project director strategizing around environmental and labor culture transformation. He lives in New Orleans.


Mary Blair Award for Art

“The Introduction”

by Anya Kotler

Anya Kotler was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and grew up in Jerusalem, Israel. She studied in New York and currently creates paintings and sculptures at her studio in Jersey City. Kotler has been awarded numerous artist grants, exhibits domestically and abroad, teaches in US universities, and leads workshops in Ireland.


Emerging Voices Contest

“The Language of Love”

by Tiarra Wu

Tiarra Wu is a sophomore at Evergreen Valley High School in San José, California. She enjoys writing in fictional prose and poetry in her spare time. Writing transports her to another world where time doesn’t pass and the impossible happens. Her main focus is to study and maintain good grades. 

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