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Reed 152 Contest Winners

John Steinbeck Award for Fiction

“Wash the Crying River” by Larry Malchow

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.

Malchow’s piece, "Wash the Crying River," will be featured in Reed Magazine: Issue 152.

Gabriele Rico Challenge for Nonfiction

“What is Left” by Ryan McFadden

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 Berkely, California, with his wife, their two-year-old son, and a second son who will arrive in April 2019.

McFadden’s piece, "What is Left," will be featured in Reed Magazine: Issue 152.

Edwin Markham Prize for Poetry

“Letter 2” by Joseph Sigurdson

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.

Sigurdson’s piece, "Letter 2," will be featured in Reed Magazine: Issue 152.

Mary Blair Award for Art

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.

Kowch’s work will be featured on the cover of Reed Magazine: Issue 152.

Emerging Voices Young Writers Contest

“Inclusive History Curriculum Essay” by Meredith Birdsong

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.

Birdsong’s essay, "Inclusive History Curriculum," will be featured in Reed Magazine: Issue 152.

San José State University Art Contest

Roslyn “Roz” Murtha

Roslyn “Roz” Murtha is currently a senior in the Animation Illustration program at SJSU, concentrating in Storyboarding. 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.

Murtha’s work will be featured on the Reed website and in Reed Magazine: Issue 152.