This year, our contest will be judged by the following incredible judges!
POETRY: OCEAN VUONG
Ocean Vuong is the author of the novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, and the poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Vuong’s writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harper’s, The Nation, and The New Yorker. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Massachusetts and teaches in the MFA program at UMass-Amherst.
FICTION: SJ SINDU
SJ Sindu was born in Sri Lanka and raised in Massachusetts. Sindu’s first novel, Marriage of a Thousand Lies, won the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and the Golden Crown Literary Society Award for Debut Fiction, was selected by the American Library Association as a Stonewall Honor Book, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and the VCU First Novelist Award. Sindu is also the author of the hybrid fiction and nonfiction chapbook I Once Met You But You Were Dead, which won the Split Lip Press Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest. A 2013 Lambda Literary Fellow, Sindu holds a PhD in Creative Writing from Florida State University, and lives in Tampa, Florida.
NONFICTION: ALEX MARZANO-LESNEVICH
Alexandria (Alex) Marzano-Lesnevich is the author of THE FACT OF A BODY: A Murder and a Memoir, recipient of a 2018 Lambda Literary Award, the 2018 Chautauqua Prize, and the Prix France Inter-JDD, an award for one book of any genre in the world. Named one of the best books of the year by Entertainment Weekly, Audible.com, Bustle, Book Riot, The Times of London, The Guardian, and The Sydney Press Herald, it was an Indie Next Pick and a Junior Library Guild selection, long-listed for the Gordon Burn Prize, short-listed for the CWA Gold Dagger, and a finalist for a New England Book Award, a Goodreads Choice Award, and the Grand Prix des lectrices ELLE, and has been translated into eight languages. The recipient of fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, MacDowell, and Yaddo, as well as a Rona Jaffe Award, Marzano-Lesnevich has essays published or forthcoming in The New York Times Sunday Magazine, Oxford American, and Harpers. They received their MFA from Emerson College, home of Redivider. They now live in Portland, Maine and are an Assistant Professor of English at Bowdoin College.