Announcing the 2017 Consequence Magazine Women Writing War Fiction Award Winner
Siobhan Fallon selected the winning story: “Hill 145” by Ruth Edgett.
About the selected story Siobhan Fallon wrote:
“How is it that our agony has been rendered so gracefully?” asks the narrator in “Hill 145” as he gazes up at a war memorial. And isn’t this both the question, and the answer, to all art about conflict? The experiences of those who have survived war take a violent, ugly thing and try to translate it into something the rest of us can comprehend. Art becomes a way to channel epiphany and empathy into those who are lucky enough to remain unscathed.
“Hill 145” brings us to 1936, to Canadian World War I veterans returning, nineteen years later, to the battleground in France that cost them 3,598 lives. The story is amazingly sophisticated, novelistic in scope and detail, yet intimately probes the guilt of a soldier who outlives all of the friends he swore to protect. On the surface, “Hill 145” paints a rosy picture, with green fields, grazing horses, and poppies in the distance, but the reader, with awful hindsight, knows that in a few short years the evils of the first world war will not only be repeated, but grossly intensified. Ruth Edgett’s “Hill 145” strikes a delicate balance of nostalgia and impending doom, brilliantly illuminating how Vets are ‘well-practiced at moving between worlds’ when reconciling their soldiering pasts and civilian presents.
Siobhan Fallon is the author of The Confusion of Languages (June 2017), and You Know When the Men Are Gone, which won the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction, the Indies Choice Honor Award, and the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction. Theatrical productions of her stories have been staged in California, Colorado, Texas, and France. More of Siobhan’s essays and fiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Guernica, New Letters, Huffington Post, Washington Post Magazine, and Military Spouse Magazine. Siobhan and her family moved to Jordan in 2011 and they currently live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
2016 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize
Selected by Hester Kaplan
Awarded to Jeff Burt
For his story “Take the Last Right Turn on Lemon Avenue”
2015 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize
Selected by Jesse Goolsby
Awarded to Teresa Fazio
For her story “Float”
2014 Consequence Magazine Fiction Prize
Selected by Anne Germanacos
Awarded to J.A. Moad II
For his story “Quittin’ Meth”
2018 Consequence Magazine Fiction Award Guidelines
$250 Honorarium and Publication
The contest fee is non-refundable.
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 non-refundable $10 entry fee is payable through PayPal.
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 Siobhan Fallon, Anne Germanacos, Jesse Goolsby, and Hester Kaplan.) 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.