My aesthetics as an editor have been shaped by her own as an artist; I am forever indebted to her for teaching me how to “see,” then how to translate that seeing into my own unique statement. For me, that statement was always writing. For her, it was the canvas–which she worked, with brushes and palette knives, and often her bare hands. Until she got it just right. Until she had said what she needed to say.
Click on the names to learn more about our winners, and look for the top awardees featured in our special WTP edition due out on December 1st.
~First Place for the Literary ~
for “Exit, Pursued by a Bear”
A story that “skillfully, genuinely lifts off, is full of surprising perception and dialogue, and something miraculous as Peter’s love takes action. The writer also rises above the melodrama of losing the pregnant wife in a random shooting.” – DeWitt Henry, WTP literary judge
for “Let Me Take Your Hands”
“An eloquently written, classic of a story.” – DeWitt Henry
“Everything happens in this prose…It’s alive with relationships, dialogue, and minds.” – DeWitt Henry
John Bensink for “It Fell to Yokum”
Lynn Lipinski for “The Dying Kind”
Dorene O’Brien for “#12 Dagwood on Rye”
Elle Napolitano for “A Different Kind of Heart Attack”
~First Place for Fine Art ~
“Hot wax images jump off the page with fresh, free, emotive spirit. Her novel pouring technique sets her apart from other traditional encaustic techniques. Don’t assume this work is haphazard—it’s quite the opposite. This is pouring with a purpose.” – Richard Malinksy, Fine Arts Judge
“A cerebral painter. You get the feeling he thinks twice, and acts once. He has a unique way of using light and color that creates a strong sense of mood and reflection. There is an overall fluid quality to the work, but controlled with masterful technique.” – Richard Malinsky
“Big, bright, strong color forms seem rooted in the poetry of the natural world and the relationship of microorganisms, anatomy, and botany. While modest in scale, she challenges the perception of scale by contrasting her color forms within a contrasting field of grey.” – Richard Malinsky
A big thank you to our judges Richard Malinsky and DeWitt Henry, for not only their time and expertise, but for their truly careful consideration–the final pool of contestants was a competitive one, and both judges proved astute in their evaluations and thoughtful in their final decisions.