Announcing the 2016 Consequence Prize in Fiction Winner
Hester Kaplan selected this year’s winning story: “Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue” by Jeff Burt.
About the selected story Hester Kaplan wrote:
“Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue” explores in beautiful and spare prose the unlikely—and life-saving—friendship between neighbors touched by war, one a Viet Nam vet, the other a Vietnamese man whose village was bombed when he was a boy. Initially wary of each other, and both isolated by loss, the two men find common ground and solace in the rituals of fishing together, and as the narrator describes it, a way to alleviate “the pain and feeling of chaos building inside me.” An exquisitely rendered episode of a fellow soldier’s death haunts “Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue,” a reminder that the echoes of war are always with us. This is a fully-felt, powerful, and deeply moving piece of work.”
2016 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize Guidelines
JUDGE: Hester Kaplan
$250 Honorarium and Publication
SUBMIT: September 1, 2016 – October 31, 2016
Entries must capture the nuances of the cultures and consequences of war; the topic is not limited to military matters, but includes social, political and cultural subjects.
All entries will be considered for publication. All entries will be considered anonymously. Your name should NOT appear anywhere on the story itself. Entries must be submitted online, and a $10 entry fee is payable through PayPal. The contest fee is non-refundable.
Send no more than one story. CONSEQUENCE will not consider work from anyone currently or recently (within the past 2 years) affiliated with the prize judge. (Previous judges have included Anne Germanacos and Jesse Goolsby.) Each story must not exceed 15 double-spaced pages in 12-point font. Previously published works (print and electronic, including websites and blogs) and works accepted for publication elsewhere cannot be considered. Stories that do not meet submissions requirements will be disqualified. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable, but the contest fee is non-refundable if the submission is withdrawn. Please notify the editors as soon as possible if a submitted story is accepted elsewhere.
Hester Kaplan is the author of Unravished, The Tell, The Edge of Marriage, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and Kinship Theory. Her stories and non-fiction have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories series, Ploughshares, Agni, Southwest Review, Story, and Glimmer Train. Recent awards include the Salamander Fiction Prize, the McGinnis Ritchie Award for Non-Fiction, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is on the faculty of Lesley University’s MFA Program in Creative Writing.
2015 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize
Selected by Jesse Goolsby
Awarded to Teresa Fazio
For her story “Float”
About the winning story Jesse Goolsby wrote:
“Float” is a gorgeously rendered story that investigates our deep yearning for human connection and the drive to know and maintain the best of ourselves. With assured prose and clear-eyed honesty Teresa Fazio paints an essential picture of a female Marine as she navigates the pressures and expectations of our military culture as well as her personal goals, morality, and desire. Unique among our recent war literature in setting and perspective, “Float” is an important story that joins the vital work showcasing our service members as individuals with specific and compelling hopes, dreams, and fears.
Teresa Fazio’s writing has been published in The New York Times, Task and Purpose, and The Chariton Review, and was recently accepted by Consequence. Her nonfiction piece “No One Left Behind” won Words After War’s submission contest in February 2015, and her manuscript Unbecoming was a finalist in the 2015 Autumn House Press Nonfiction Contest. She spent part of this past spring at Yaddo, and will begin an MFA at the Bennington Writing Seminars in January 2016.
Jesse Goolsby is an Air Force officer and the author of the novel I’d Walk with My Friends If I Could Find Them (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His fiction and essays have appeared widely, to include Narrative Magazine, Epoch, The Literary Review, Salon, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Greensboro Review, and Redivider. He is the recipient of the Richard Bausch Fiction Prize, the John Gardner Memorial Award in Fiction, and distinguished fellowships from Sewanee and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences. He serves as fiction editor of War, Literature & the Arts and nonfiction editor of The Southeast Review. Goolsby lives with his family in Tallahassee, Florida.
2014 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize
Selected by Anne Germanacos
Awarded to J.A. Moad II
For his story “Quittin’ Meth”