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Winners of the Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award 2011 - 2005

2011 Winner
[2011 Charles Johnson Winner, Dana Fitz Gale]

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is pleased to announce "Canoe" by Dana Fitz Gale (University of Montana; Missoula, Montana) as the winner of the 2011 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award. This year's selection was made by CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's prose editor, Carolyn Alessio.

Dana Fitz Gale is an MFA student at the University of Montana. In addition to the Charles Johnson Award, she is also the winner of the 2011 Alexander Patterson Cappon Fiction Award. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in NEW LETTERS, INDIANA REVIEW, NEW SOUTH, and MONTANA MAGAZINE, among other places, and one of her stories has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She lives in Missoula, Montana, with her husband and children.

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2011 award: "Those Who Go About the City" by Avital Chizhik (Stern College for Women – Yeshiva University; New York, New York); "Out of Illiana" by Chidelia Edochie (Purdue University; West Lafayette, Indiana); and "Terra Villa" by Lisa Hill-Corley (George Mason University; Fairfax, Virginia).

 

 


2010 Winner
[2010 Charles Johnson Winner, Rachel Furey]

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is pleased to announce "Calls That Carry for Miles" by Rachel Furey (Texas Tech University) as the winner of the 2010 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award. This year's selection was made by Dr. Charles Johnson.

Rachel Furey is currently a Ph.D. student at Texas Tech University. She received her MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2009. She is a winner of SYCAMORE REVIEW's Wabash Prize for fiction and her work has also appeared in the ADIRONDACK REVIEW, WOMEN'S BASKETBALL MAGAZINE, FREIGHT STORIES, SQUID QUARTERLY, TERRAIN, WACCAMAW JOURNAL, and elsewhere.

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2010 award: "The First Good Thing" by Lauri M. Anderson (Texas Tech University); "To Cook an Egg Gently" by James Scoles (Southern Illinois University Carbondale); and "Pitch" by Janet Thielke (University of Southern California).

 


2009 Winner
[2009 Charles Johnson Winner, Sarah Nance]

photograph by Christine Drew Benjamin © 2009

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is pleased to announce "Pineapple" by Sarah Nance (University of Wisconsin-Madison) as the winner of the 2009 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award. This year's selection was made by CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's prose editor, Carolyn Alessio.

Sarah Nance is a senior English major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was recently awarded an Honors Senior Thesis Summer Research Grant from the Letters & Science Honors program at UW-Madison for research she conducted earlier this summer for her senior thesis. Earlier this year, she received the Mary Brabyn Wackman Scholarship from the Department of English, as well as the Thomas W. Parker Scholarship from Letters & Science.

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2009 award: "Start Anywhere" by Melissa A, Castillo-Garsow (Arizona State University); "Bitten" by Rachel Furey (Southern Illinois University Carbondale); and "The Middle Seat" by Deborah Gardner (University of Washington).

 


2008 Winner
[2008 Charles Johnson Winner, Mecca Jamilah Sullivan]

photograph by Rachel Eliza Griffiths © 2008

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is pleased to announce "A Strange People" by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan (University of Pennsylvania) as the winner of the 2008 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award. This year's selection was made by CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's prose editor, Carolyn Alessio.

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan is from Harlem, New York. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in the anthologies WHAT I KNOW IS ME, BABY REMEMBER MY NAME, and X-24 UNCLASSIFIED, and in the journals BLOOM, PHILADELPHIA STORIES, LUMINA, AMISTAD, ROOTS & CULTURE, BLACK IVY, and IN/VISION. She has received honors and awards for fiction, playwriting, critical writing, and teaching from Temple University, The Boston Fiction Festival, New World Theater, the NAACP, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and other organizations. She holds a B.A. in Afro-American Studies from Smith College and an M.A. in English and Creative Writing from Temple University. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and working on her first novel.

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2008 award: "Riding the Waves" by Rachel Furey (Southern Illinois University Carbondale); "The Five Points of Performance" by Christopher Mohar (University of Washington); and "Heritage Park" by Michele Poulos (Virginia Commonwealth University).

 


2007 Winner
[2007 Charles Johnson Winner, Lowell Brower]

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is pleased to announce "Monsters" by Lowell Brower (University of Washington) as the winner of the 2007 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award. This year's selection was made by CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW's prose editor, Carolyn Alessio.

Lowell Brower was born in Delavan, Wisconsin in 1981. He is a former Fulbright Scholar to Tanzania, and a current MFA student at the University of Washington. This is his first publication.

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2007 award: "4th of July" by Thomasa Bonner (Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina); "Division" by Cassie Kosty (University of Washington); "Ghosts" by Shannon Ward (Methodist University, Fayetteville, North Carolina).

 


2006 Winner
[2006 Charles Johnson Winner, Catherine Zobal Dent]

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is pleased to announce "Half Life" by Catherine Zobal Dent (Binghamton University) as the winner of the 2006 Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award.

Catherine Zobal Dent’s short stories have appeared in journals including THE PORTLAND REVIEW, MACGUFFIN, and PATERSON LITERARY REVIEW.  She is an advisory editor for HARPUR PALATE, the online journal ELSEWHERE, and the undergraduate publication REFLECTOR. Currently, she teaches creative writing at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania.

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2006 award: "The Far Water" by Zack Bean (Pennsylvania State University, State College); "Captain Aluminum" by Christi Clancy (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); "Breath of the Wok" by Deb Jurmu (Southern Illinois University Carbondale).

 


2005 Winner
[2005 Charles Johnson Winner, Kevin A. González]

CRAB ORCHARD REVIEW is pleased to announce "Current" by Kevin A. González (University of Wisconsin, Madison) as the winner of the inaugural Charles Johnson Student Fiction Award.

Kevin A. González was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1981. His stories appear in PLAYBOY and VIRGINIA QUARTERLY REVIEW, and his poems appear in POETRY, CALLALOO, HOTEL AMERIKA, and NORTH AMERICAN REVIEW. Currently, he is a graduate fellow at the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

We would also like to congratulate the finalists for the 2005 award: "Lying" by Celeste Ng (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor); "The Grand Concourse" by J. M. Appel (Columbia University, New York City); "Adopting" by Chad Simpson (Southern Illinois University Carbondale).

 

For More Information About:

Guidelines for the COR Student Writing Awards

Winners of the most recent COR Student Writing Awards

Charles Johnson, Rafael Torch, and Allison Joseph

 

These awards are co-sponsored by:

Dr. Charles Johnson

Crab Orchard Review

Southern Illinois University Carbondale College of Liberal Arts

The English Department at Southern Illinois University Carbondale

 

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