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 Announcing our Reed 153 Contest Judges

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction

Vanessa Hua


Vanessa Hua is a highly acclaimed author and a columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle. Her best-selling novel, A River of Stars, was named in the Washington Post and NPR’s Best Books of 2018 lists. Her story collection, Deceit and Other Possibilities, was a California Book Award finalist and received an Asian/Pacific American Award in Literature. She was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Award, the San Francisco Foundation's James D. Phelan literary award, and a Steinbeck Fellowship at San José State University. She has been published in ZYZZYVAThe Atlantic, Guernica, the New York TimesSan Francisco MagazineNewsweek, and many other publications. A Bay Area native, she currently teaches at the San Francisco Writer’s Grotto.


Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction 

Suzanne Rico

Suzanne Rico is an established television and print journalist who was part of the Emmy-winning team at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles. Throughout her career, she has interviewed such influential figures as Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Her work has been featured in OThe AtlanticLos Angeles MagazineLA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere .


Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

Brenda Hillman


Brenda Hillman is a highly recognized writer of ten collections of poetry. Known as one of America’s most innovative poets, she is the recipient of many awards including the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, the Griffin Poetry Prize, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Hillman has been a force in shaping the experience of how we read poetry today. Her latest book, Extra Hidden Life, among the Days, was shortlisted for a 2018 Golden Poppy Northern California Book Award and was a finalist for the 2019 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award.


Mary Blair Award for Art

Cherri Lakey


Cherri Lakey is the co-owner and co-curator of the urban contemporary art gallery Anno Domini, located in San José. She co-founded the South First Fridays Art Walks, a self-guided nighttime tour through a series of art exhibitions and special performances. Lakey is also a KQED contributor.

Contributing Artists

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  Announcing: Reed 152 Contest Winners 

John Steinbeck Prize

Congratulations to Larry Malchow for

“Wash the Crying River”


Larry Malchow studied literature at Ripon College in Wisconsin where he later worked as Executive Director for Major & Planned Gifts. His story “Trapped” was a contest semi-finalist and published in The New Guard, Volume VII. His story “Liberty Motel” was a contest finalist and will be published this year in Easy Street.


Gabriele Rico Challenge

Congratulations to Ryan McFadden for 

"What is Left"


Ryan McFadden was born in Santa Cruz, California, and moved to Sacramento when he was four-years-old. With a parent in each place, he split time between the ocean and the valley, and this duality still shapes him. By day, McFadden manages a team of writers at Dropbox; at night and on weekends, he crafts his own narratives, fiction and non-fiction. He has a BFA in Philosophy from California State University, Sacramento, and an MFA in Creative Writing from California College of the Arts. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, their two-year-old son, and a second son who will arrive in April 2019.

Edwin Markham Prize

Congratulations to Joseph Sigurdson for

"Letter 2"


Joseph Sigurdson is a poet-playwright from Buffalo, New York. His forthcoming chapbook of prose poems, No Sand, will be released in spring 2019 by Thirty West Publishing House. He is a graduate student at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Mary Blair Award

Congratulations to Andrea Kowch

Andrea Kowch paints and exhibits full-time, and in 2012, SCOPE NYC named her one of the top 100 emerging artists in the world. Kowch’s work is widely published and can be found in private, public, and permanent museum collections worldwide.

Emerging Voices Young Writers Contest

Congratulations to Meredith Birdsong for

"Inclusive History Curriculum Essay"

Meredith Birdsong is a senior at Lincoln High School in San José, California. She enjoys challenging herself to read and engage with new ideas, styles, and genres. In the future, she hopes to use her writing to influence positive change in both society and government.

San José State University Art Contest

Congratulations to Roslyn "Roz" Murtha

Roslyn “Roz” Murtha is currently a senior in the Animation Illustration program at San José State University, concentrating in Storyboarding. However, her true passion is getting lost in her sketchbooks. Roz’s two pieces, “Wanting” and “Splash,” were doodles inspired by the desire to make a mess with paint, markers, pencils, and ink. When she isn’t doodling, Roz spends her time reading, cooking, playing music, and wandering aimlessly around finding stray cats to befriend.

Reed Magazine proudly announces publication of Issue 152!





Available now! Issue 152 contains work from award-winning creators of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, art, and more! Order the new issue today!


Have we got a story for you…

good work pays!


Reed Magazine welcomes submissions June 1 through November 1. Writers and artists are encouraged to submit to our contests in nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and visual art, each of which awards up to $1000.


Our editors review every submission! 


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