We are pleased to announce the results of our 2014 Editors' Awards. Winners receive $1,000 and publication in TFR 39.2. Finalists work is published in the same issue.
The Florida Review is pleased to announce the guidelines for the 2014 Editors' Awards in fiction, essay, and poetry. For more information, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Review Editors
Scott Winokur won The Chariton Review’s 2013 fiction contest, judged by Jaimy Gordon, BOMB Magazine’s 2009 fiction contest, judged by Jonathan Lethem (published in the spring 2010 issue), and was a prize winner in the 2006 Summer Literary Seminars competition, judged by Margaret Atwood (published in the 2007 Robert Olen Butler Prize Anthology). He has a story in the 2014 edition of Cooweescoowee. His work also has been honored in the Nimrod/Katherine Anne Porter, Bridport, Dana, Mighty River, Lamar Yorke, and Lorian Hemingway competitions. A resident of Berkeley, California, Winokur formerly was an award-winning reporter and columnist for three Bay Area newspapers, the Examiner, Chronicle, and Tribune. He has degrees in English from the Binghamton and Buffalo campuses of the State University of New York.
Allie Rowbottom is a yoga teacher, a world champion equestrienne and a contributing member to Self Actualization, a transphysical art space. She received her MFA in creative writing from the California Institute of the Art and is a fourth year PhD candidate in creative writing and literature at the University of Houston where she also teaches.
Mary Obropta grew up in Belford, NJ, where for several Bicentennial-inspired years, her schooling involved making far too many Colonial era crafts. She hand set her first poem using moveable type on a miniature press, ready for mass production. Thankfully, no copies survive. After attending Lehigh University, she went on to graduate from SUNY Buffalo, where she edited Kiosk, A Magazine of New Writing. Her work has appeared in Antietam Review, Puerto del Sol, REAL: Regarding Arts & Letters, North Atlantic Review, Cream City Review, Buffalo Spree, and other magazines. She currently lives in Philadelphia.
Dan Reiter's last name is derived from the German word for horseman. In the sixteenth century, Reiters rode the countryside around Schwarzburg in black armor and capes, appointed with wheel-lock pistols and long swords. Later, the term came to mean loosely, "mercenary knight." The proper pronunciation is "writer," though people often vocalize it as "reader." Dan does not correct them. He lives in Cocoa Beach.
Lisa Lanser-Rose drove the Turnpike while getting her MFA at Penn State, and then made it safely to Florida, where she writes, teaches, and runs with her Border Collie. She is the author of the novel Body Sharers (Rutgers University Press) and the memoir For the Love of a Dog (Crown Publishing). Body Sharers placed among the top-five finalists for the PEN/Hemingway Foundation Award for Best First Novel, The Washington Prize for Fiction, and an excerpt for the AWP Intro Awards. Recent essays and stories have appeared in Superstition Review, The Tampa Review Online, Sugar Mule Literary Magazine, Saw Palm: Florida Literature and Art, and Ascent Literary Magazine.
John Blair was born in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1961. His poetry collection, The Occasions of Paradise was published by the University of Tampa press in 2012, and his first book of poems, The Green Girls, was the 2003 winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Award from Pleiades Press. His short story collection, American Standard, was the 2002 winner of the Drue Heinz Literature prize and was published by the University of Pittsburgh Press. He also has two novels from Ballantine/Del Rey, Bright Angel and A Landscape of Darkness, and has poems & stories in Poetry, The New York Quarterly, The Sewanee Review, The Antioch Review, New Letters, and elsewhere. He is on the faculty at Texas State University, where he teaches American Literature and directs the undergraduate creative writing program.
Deborah Thompson, a Florida native, now lives in the foothills of Colorado, where she is an Associate Professor of English at Colorado State University. She has published numerous essays in literary criticism and creative nonfiction in venues ranging from African American Review to The BARk magazine to Calyx to Fourth Genre, and is the winner in the nonfiction category of the 2008 Missouri Review Editor’s Prize.
Christine Gelineau's essays, poems, and reviews have appeared widely. Her latest book, Appetite for the Devine will be published by Ashland Poetry Press in April, 2010. Gelineau is the Associate Director of the Creative Writing Program at Binghamton University and she also teaches in the low-residency MA/MFA at Wilkes University.
Emily Van Kley was raised in Upper Michigan, but now makes her home in Olympia, Washington, where she works at a collective food coop, gardens the vacant lot next to her apartment, writes, and gripes about the rain. She holds an MFA from the Inland Northwest Center for Writers in Spokane and this year her poems have received honorable mention for the Joy Harjo and Oberon poetry prizes. Her fiction has appeared in The Republic of Letters and Faultline.