2016 Premium Edition Contest

Three winners awarded $1000 each

CONTEST RESULTS

Prizewinners selected by guest judges.

FICTION: "Void Spaces" by Andrea Eberly in Seattle, WA
NONFICTION: "The Fox" by Mark Brandi in Victoria, Australia
POETRY: "Understudies" by John Sibley Williams in Milwaukie, OR

Each winner was awarded $1000 and published in the Spring 2017 issue. Many thanks to all who entered!

 

Honorable Mention

"Paint by number" by Devi Laskar (Poetry)
"Accordions of the Mon Valley" by Sharon Dilworth (Nonfiction)

 

Thank you to ALL who entered and made this year another amazing contest!

 

GUEST JUDGES

FICTION: ERIN FLANAGAN

FICTION: ERIN FLANAGAN

POETRY: RUTH MADIEVSKY

POETRY: RUTH MADIEVSKY

NONFICTION: MARC NIESON

NONFICTION: MARC NIESON

2015 Premium Edition Contest

Three winners awarded $1000 each.

CONTEST RESULTS

Prizewinners were selected by staff editors.

FICTION: Joe Dornich in Lubbock, TX for "The Reluctant Son of a Fake Hero."
POETRY: Moira Thielking in Katonah, NY for "Pirating (Salt Enough)."
NONFICTION: Kerry Muir in Annapolis, Maryland for "Martin."

Each winner was awarded $1000 and published in the Spring 2016 issue. Many thanks to all who entered!

2014 Esoteric Contest

 
 

Theme: UK-inspired
The final year of the Esoteric Contest. 

Contest results

Prizewinner
“Berryman’s” by Guy Mitchell in London, UK

The prizewinning story was awarded $1000 and is available in the Spring 2014 issue, which also features an interview with the author.

 

Finalists
“Snares” by Tyler Keevil
“We Can Practice Starts” by C.R. Sender

Thank you to everyone who entered.

 

Guest judges

Sandra Hunter
Jake Andrews
Dan Powell
Jennifer Harvey
Elizabeth Baines

 

2013 Esoteric Awards

 
 

Theme: Natural Disaster

CONTEST RESULTS

Prizewinners selected by staff editors.

Prizewinners
“Storm in a Teacup” by Dan Powell in the United Kingdom.
“The Possibility of Fire” by Jessica Barksdale in Oakland, CA
“Higher Ground” by Karen Celestan in New Orleans, LA

Honorable Mentions
“Before the Earth Shook” by Victoria Large in Cambridge, MA
“A Chance to Get Involved” by Jeff Moscaritolo in Lincoln, NE.

 

Prizewinning stories were awarded $1000 each and honorable mentions were awarded $100 each. All are available in the Spring 2013 issue, which also features interviews with the prizewinning authors and includes comments from the editors.

Thank you to everyone who entered!

2012 Esoteric Awards

 
 

Theme: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender

 

Contest results

Prizewinners were selected by staff editors.

Fiction Prizewinners
Sarah Rosenblum, Chicago, IL - "What You Miss"
Jennifer Pashley, Clinton, NY - "Angels"
Rachel Steiger-Meister, Cincinnati, OH - "Chlorine Mermaid"
Jeremy Garrett, Austin, TX - "The Exhausted Pose"

Photography Prizewinner
Karen Shacham, Atlanta GA

All prizewinners were awarded $250 and are featured in the Spring 2012 issue online.

Thank you to all who entered the inaugural contest!