The prize winners and finalists have been selected for the Modern Grimmoire: Contemporary Fairy Tales, Fables & Folklore anthology, and will be published in May 2013.
The winners and finalists, selected by the Indigo Ink Press selection committee, have been selected as follows (in the following categories).
Michael Harris Cohen (Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria), author of the short story “The Ex-Court Painter, Goya, and the Princess,” has been selected as the Modern Grimmoire anthology literary prize recipient. He will receive a $1,000 award as the best emerging author of an unpublished work.
Cohen is a graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing program at Brown University where he studied with Robert Coover and with authors Carole Maso, Howard Norman, and Colson Whitehead, among others.
His stories and essays have been published in Our Stories, The Virgin Fiction anthology, The Land Grant College Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Lurch, The Sofia Echo and most recently in Mixerpublishing (formerly Flatmancrooked), in addition to several times having his works performed on small stages and screens.
His awards include: Winner of Mixer’s 2012 “Sex, Violence and Satire” contest (guest judged by Stephen Graham Jones), a 2012 Pushcart Nomination; runner-up in Our Stories 2010 XYZ contest; paid residencies at the Djerassi Foundation, the Jentel Artist Residency and the Blue Mountain Center; a Fulbright grant for translating Bulgarian folk and fairytales; the Weston Award at Brown for best graduate fiction manuscript; the New Century Writer’s Scholarship from Zoetrope: All-Story; third place in the QPB/STORY Short, Short Story Competition; and second place in the Minneapolis City Pages 12th Annual Fiction Competition.
In addition, Mandy Altimus Pond (Massillon, Ohio) and her photograph, “Not Even the Woodsmen Could Save Her” has been selected as the Modern Grimmoire anthology art prize recipient. She will recieve a $500 award.
Pond graduated from Kent State University with a BA in history, summa cum laude with honors. Her photographs have been seen in exhibits in Ohio and Michigan. Her photograph “Waiting” (2011) was the first place winner of in commercial photography in the 2011 Joseph Saxton Gallery Luminaries Competition, in Canton, Ohio. Her focus has recently been a series of photographs called A Long Time Ago, of which she has completed a Snow White and Cinderella series. She is working on Sleeping Beauty and hopes to exhibit the full photo series in 2013.
Pond works as the archivist for the Massillon Museum. Also a filmmaker, she has produced works for the museum such as The Legacy of Steel, Adaptations, Seafaring Forefathers, Stark Naked Salon, and The Greatest Generation. She co-wrote and directed the recreation of a lost 1923 film, Prodigal Daughters, for her senior honors thesis in 2005. In her spare time, she enjoys performing with the improv comedy troupe, Scared Scriptless, and performing with the choral organization, Voices of Canton (VOCI).
Mona Awad (Providence, Rhode Island) — The Wolfman’s New Gig
Amanda Block (Edinburgh, U.K.) — The Mirror Child
Angela Buck (Northampton, Massachusetts) — Bring It, Bernadette
Simon Clark (Old Bridge, New Jersey) — The Storytellers Jig
Paul Crenshaw (Greensboro, North Carolina) — The Library
John Kiste (New Philadelphia, Ohio) — Henry’s Tale
David Kolinski-Schultz (Canton, Ohio) — The Music Box
Maude Larke (Dijon, France) — Persuasion
Clayton Lister (Hexham, Northumberland, U.K.) — The Black Widow
Jason Myers (Bath, Ohio) — Catspaw
Joann Oh (Colorado Springs, Colorado) — Bury Me in Faerie
Elodie Olson-Coons (Geneva, Switzerland) — Fish
Julia Patt (Chestertown, Maryland) — Night People, In Summer
Tay Sanchez (Cary, North Carolina) — Something Gold
Sarah Elizabeth Schantz (Boulder, Colorado) — Detours: a suburban fairy tale
Alex Stein (Boulder, Colorado) — Starlight!
Carlos Mason Wehby (South Hadley, Massachusetts) — Arowana
Sarah Wilson (Anchorage, Alaska) — Isle in Man
Joyce Winters-Henderson (Memphis, Tennessee) — Misery and Blue
Catee Baugh (Alexandria, Virginia) — The Wished-For
Tim Belden (Canton, Ohio) — Once, I was Avedon
Danielle Bellone (Austin, Texas) — Post-Ridinghood Red
Danielle Fontaine (Jarrell, Texas) — Bottle
Janet Harrison (Harpers Ferry, West Virginia) — Shelter for the Moon
Colleen Michaels (Beverly, Massachusetts) — The Pea Defends His Position
Ariana Quinonez (Bakersfield, California) — Josef Koudelka’s Unicycle
Cheryl Stiles (Marietta, Georgia) — Gourmaundeth
Erin Virgil (Fort Collins, Colorado) — Untitled
Jennifer Whitaker (Greensboro, North Carolina) — Aubade
Steve Ehret (Massillon, Ohio) — Untitled
Erin Mulligan (Canton, Ohio) — The Persistence of Uala
Michael Stephens (Athens, Georgia) — Not One but Many
Samuel Valentino (Westwood, Massachusetts) — Hans My Hedgehog -and- Sleeping Beauty’s Mother-in-Law
Each finalist will have his or her work published in the anthology. For more information about the Modern Grimmoire anthology, click here.