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Our Best of The House Poetry Contest judge is Michael Waters, author of ten books of poetry, including Gospel Night (2011); Darling Vulgarity (2006—finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize); and Parthenopi: New and Selected Poems (2001—finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize) from BOA Editions, and Anniversary of the Air (1985) from Carnegie Mellon UP. Waters is the recipient of fellowships from the NEA and the Fulbright Foundation. His poems have been published in numerous anthologies and journals, including The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, The Yale Review, The Georgia Review, and The Pushcart Prize. He is a past chair of the Poetry Panel for the National Book Award. Waters teaches at Monmouth University and Drew University.
Past contest judges: Dorothy Allison, Kevin Wilson, Gerald Duff, and Eric Nelson. CLAPBOARD HOUSE is a proud member of the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses.
NOTE: Danielle Harvey has been named the Clapboard House Fall 2012 Intern. Danielle is a Writing & Linguistics major at Georgia Southern University (one of the few free-standing writing departments in the country).
We are pleased to present the winners of the 2011 BEST OF THE HOUSE SHORT STORY CONTEST, judged by writer Gerald Duff. We are grateful to Mr. Duff, who said of the winner, “The Bet” by Steven D. Stark, ” The author of The Bet has created a story that in a small compass manages to work on multiple levels with character, situation, theme, statement, present moment and interaction of that with the living past. The story speaks to itself continually, and that’s amazing. The skillful movement back and forth from “now” to “then,” from momentous public event to circumscribed interchange between private individuals, from the local to the universal (to employ an overused but crucial term). is masterfully handled and gives the story its remarkable energy. It works, and it works wonderfully. And the ending is stunning, yet inevitable, just as a short story should be.”
Gerald Duff has published fiction and poetry in Kenyon Review, Southwest Review, Sewanee Review, Ploughshares, Missouri Review, Clapboard House and other magazines. His most recent collection of short stories, Fire Ants, was published by NewSouth Books, and his
seventh novel, Blue Sabine, is forthcoming from Moon City Press in 2012. His memoir, Home Truths: A Deep East Texas Memory, came from TCU Press in 2011. His work has won the Cohen Award for Fiction and the St. Andrews Prize for Poetry. His website is http://geraldduff.com/ .
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BEST OF THE HOUSE POETRY CONTEST—RESULTS
We appreciate poet Eric Nelson judging this contest.
Eric Nelson received his B.A. in English from Virginia Tech (1975) and his M.A. from the Johns Hopkins University Writing Seminars (1977). His poems have appeared in many journals, including Poetry, The Southern Review, Missouri Review, Poetry Northwest, The Christian Science Monitor, and Oxford American. He has been a Featured Poet on Poetry magazine’s website and on Verse Daily and Poetry Daily. Several anthologies, including A New Geography of Poets, (University of Arkansas Press); I Feel A Little Jumpy Around You, (Simon and Schuster); and Georgia Voices: Poetry (University of Georgia Press), also contain his poetry.
Among his awards are the X.J. Kennedy Poetry Award, the Arkansas Poetry Award, and fellowships to the Hambidge Center for the Arts and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. His poems have been nominated frequently for a Pushcart Prize.
His books include The Twins (Split Oak Press, 2009), Terrestrials (Texas Review Press, 2004), The Interpretation of Waking Life (University of Arkansas Press, 1991), The Light Bringers (Washington Writers Publishing House, 1984), and On Call (Moonsquilt Press, 1983).