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Short Memoir Prize: Results ´22

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Short-list

Long-list

On behalf of all of us at Fish, we congratulate the 10 winners who made it to the Anthology, and to those writers who made the long and short-lists, well done too. Thank you to Qian Julie Wang, for the time and enthusiasm that she put into selecting the winners.


 

The 10 Winners:

Qian Julie Wang

Selected by Qian Julie Wang.

 

FIRST

Thirteen Ways of Interrogating An Incident:
by Wally Suphap (USA)

This is masterful in craft, content, exploration, and style.
Qian Julie Wang

 

SECOND

Saddo: by Sheena Wilkinson (N. Ireland)

I felt your words in my bones … exquisitely crafted …
Qian Julie Wang

 

THIRD

Two Bastards: by David Ralph  (Ireland)

… you brought James back to life with your gift … keep writing.
Qian Julie Wang

 

HONORARY MENTIONS

 

For Chantal Akerman: by  Francesca Humphreys (UK)

Beautifully meditative … powerful … 
Qian Julie Wang

 

Blame the Milkman: by Diane Parnell (USA)

You had me from the opening: “We descend like fleas.” … truly magical.
Qian Julie Wang

 

Forgetting: by Elizabeth Whyatt (UK)

… insights into the body, trauma, and childhood …
Qian Julie Wang

 

In the Summer Before Third Grade: by Jaclyn Fowler (USA)

… brought Terri to life … I love the structure and craft of your piece.
Qian Julie Wang

 

A Cold Night in January: by Jupiter Jones (Wales)

(Stephanie Colburn´s memoir ´Milkweed´ was withdrawn and A Cold Night in January by Jupiter Jones takes its place.)

 

The Mole: by Ruth Rosengarten (Israel/UK)

… an exquisite piece.
Qian Julie Wang

 

Ten Stages of Reproduction: by Beverly Orth (USA)

… an intimate, honest portrait of pregnancy and motherhood … deployed perfectly. I can’t wait to see what else you write.
Qian Julie Wang

 

A little about the winners:

Wally Suphap was born to Thai-Chinese parents in Bangkok, moved to Los Angeles for K-12, begrudgingly worked as a corporate lawyer in New York and Hong Kong, and now lives on the border of Manhattan’s Morningside Heights. An award-winning queer rights advocate whose activism work was profiled in The Guardian, Yahoo, and The Financial Times, Wally is a Lenfest Fellow and Teaching Fellow at Columbia’s MFA writing program and founding managing editor of The Plentitudes. 
Twitter: @WSuphap       IG: @WSuphap

 

Sheena Wilkinson has won many awards for her novels and short stories. Described in The Irish Times in 2015 as ‘one of our foremost writers for young people’, She has recently decided to try her hand at writing the truth instead of making stuff up, and this is her first published memoir piece. Sheena lives near Lough Neagh in Northern Ireland and when she’s not writing she’s usually dog-walking or singing, sometimes both at once.  

 

David Ralph writes fiction and non-fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in Dublin Review, New Irish Writing, Southword, Litro, and elsewhere. He is the 2021 recipient of the Words Ireland National Mentoring award for Dublin City Libraries. He lives in Dublin. 

 

Francesca Humphreys was born and raised in London and trained as a singer and actor. This year, she is completing a Masters in Creative and Life Writing at Goldsmiths, University of London. In her writing, she examines the scope of her appetites, the role that hunger has played in shaping her identity and the effects of what she calls ‘inherited immigrant syndrome’. When not writing, Francesca teaches high-octane indoor cycling classes.

 

Diane Vonglis Parnell grew up on a remote farm in Western New York with nine siblings. She has spent most of her adult life on the Central Coast of California. Diane serves as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer for abused children in her community and lives a minimalist’s life in a 250 square foot cottage. Reading, writing and red wine are her favorite things.

 

Anna Whyatt is a writer, sculptor and dramaturg, her international and national cultural regeneration work has contributed to award -winning projects such as Tate Modern, the UK Film Council and Chelsea Flower Show. Her fiction and non- fiction has been shortlisted several times for international and national literary awards. She is currently working on a political mystery based on true events 1935-45 and a Kurt Weill ballet linked to the experiences of refugees. Her sculpture has been shown in UK, US and Poland. 

 

Jaclyn Maria Fowler is a storyteller at heart, coming from a long line of raconteurs and wanderers who trace their lineage back to the west coast of Ireland. She, too, travels to write and writes to travel, following in the footsteps of her ancestors. To pay for her obsessions, she works as Chair of the English Department at APUS. She is the author of “It is Myself that I Remake” and “No One Radiates Love Alone.”

 

Jupiter Jones lives in Wales and writes short and flash fictions. She is the two-time winner of the Colm Tóibín International Prize, and her stories have been published by Aesthetica, Brittle Star, Fish, Scottish Arts, and Parthian. Her first novella-in-flash, The Death and Life of Mrs Parker was published by Ad Hoc Fiction and her second, Lovelace Flats by Reflex Press.  jupiter-jones@outlook.com  @jupiterjonz 

 

Ruth Rosengarten is a writer and artist who thinks the word collage describes her work in both areas. She is the only urban Jew in a certain village in Cambridgeshire where she does not commune with nature.  She has published extensively in the fields of art history and art criticism, before turning, in lockdown, to memoir writing. Her book Second Chance: My Life in Things will be published by Open Book later this year.

 

Beverly J. Orth is a reformed attorney with two degrees unrelated to the world of creative writing. She attends writing and literature classes at Portland State University, an institution that has twice refused to admit her to its MFA program. Yet, she remains undaunted by its rejection. Her work has appeared in precisely five literary journals. She lives in Portland, Oregon (U.S.), with her four sewing machines, three typewriters, one husband, and no pets.

 

 


 

SHORT-LIST (36, in alphabetical order. There were 859 entries)

Title

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

Teeth

Morgan

Barbour

Nemea

L S

Beveridge

Milkweed

Stephanie

Colburn

Will There Be Enough Love In The Bank?

Tamsin

Cottis

134 Days

Phil

Cummins

Making A Glass Of Water

Eamon

Doggett

Life under water: A hearing loss journey

Rye

Dreyer

Bungalow People

Thea

Elmsley

All the Bright Stars

Sally

Fox

One Year the Pond

James

Friel

Romantic Landscape

Amy

Glynn

Where The Dust Lies (A Memoir)

Melinda

Goodman

A Welly Boot of Vodka

Mat

Greenfield

All That’s Left Behind

Anya

Hastwell

The State I’m In

Phyllis

Hollenbeck

Knifepoint

Anne m

Jones

A Cold Night in January

Jupiter

Jones

Time Present

Simon

Korner

Complete All Forms

Kathleen

Langstroth

Varifocals

Miki

Lentin

More Than Nineteen Thousand Doorways

Steven

Lewis

NOT KNOWING

Peter

Lindley

sic transit gloria mundi

Robert

Maxwell

On the March from Selma to Montgomery

Suzanne

McConnell

The Woods

Kerry

McNamara

Collision

Lindsay

Nicholson

Born Again

Bruce

Powell

Two Bastards

David

Ralph

Two Towels and A Cardboard Box

Cheryl

Reggio

The Mole: A Story in 62 Sestudes

Ruth

Rosengarten

The Ward

Nicole

Scobie

A Short Stay in Paradise

Michelle

Scorziello

Waiting Rooms

Kay

Smith

All American

Kate

Vieira

Blurry Vision 2020

Dorothy

Walton

Miss Brodie’s Girls

Lynnda

Wardle

     

 

 


 

LONG-LIST (115. In Alphabetical Order. There were 859 entries)

 TITLE

FIRST NAME

SURNAME

Harvests

Mara

Adamitz Scrupe

Ghosts

Sara

Atwood

Teeth

Morgan

Barbour

Physio

Paul

Bassett Davies

The Lifting of Abu Simbel

Julian

Beecroft

The Strange Legacy of a Diminutive Ghost

Anneke

Bender

Watching The Boats Come In

Susan

Bennett

Nemea

L S

Beveridge

Quack Quack

Shell

Bird

Sidney and the Primroses

Mary

Black

Rookie Teacher in a Red Dress

Wendy

Breckon

10 Under 70

Jim

Brennan

Milkweed

Stephanie

Colburn

The Veil

Samantha

Colicchio

Will There Be Enough Love In The Bank?

Tamsin

Cottis

Getting to Like the Germans

Jenny

Cozens

134 Days

Phil

Cummins

Man From Atlantis

Phil

Cummins

Icarus

Phil

Cummins

Mrs Alleman.

Isanna

Curwen

Between Two Piers

David

Danbury

Making A Glass Of Water

Eamon

Doggett

Life under water: A hearing loss journey

Rye

Dreyer

Bungalow People

Thea

Elmsley

The Merry Widow´s Club

Sandi

Fikuart

Labor’s Great Reporter

Jean

Fleming

Conduct: Unsatisfactory

Amelia

Fletcher

In the Summer Before Third Grade

Jaclyn

Fowler

All the Bright Stars

Sally

Fox

One Year the Pond

James

Friel

All Thumbs

Jack

Garvey

Romantic Landscape

Amy

Glynn

Last Night With the Light On

Rebecca

Godina

Where The Dust Lies (A Memoir)

Melinda

Goodman

Losing it

Liz

Granirer

Scorpio Versus Leo

Colton

Green

A Welly Boot of Vodka

Mat

Greenfield

Madagascar Memories

Jill

Hadfield

The Unseen

Stephen

Haines

Our Language

Holli

Harms

Do Not Tell a Soul

Catherine

Hartnett

All the Beautiful Houses

Maggie

Harris

All That’s Left Behind

Anya

Hastwell

Chameleon

Sylvia

Hayashi

A Muse at Arm’s Length

Louis

Hemmings

Salvaging Sweetness, a Memoir – an extract.

Esther

Hoad

The State I’m In

Phyllis

Hollenbeck

Knifepoint

Anne M

Jones

A Cold Night in January

Jupiter

Jones

Waking Tommy

Caitriona

Kelly

This Old Caged Bird Can Still Sing

Bridgett

Kendall

Uncommon Threads

Carmen

Kew

Time Present

Simon

Korner

Escape

Laura

Kyle

Complete All Forms

Kathleen

Langstroth

Title

First Name

Last Name

Varifocals

Miki

Lentin

For Chantel Ackerman

Francesca

Leonie

More Than Nineteen Thousand Doorways

Steven

Lewis

NOT KNOWING

Peter

Lindley

A White Plaster Cat

Paul

Marion

When the Band Broke Up

Debra

Marquart

sic transit gloria mundi

Robert

Maxwell

Athalee

Robert

Maxwell

The Dust That is Made Up of Her

Tracy

Maylath

On the March from Selma to Montgomery

Suzanne

McConnell

Psychics!

Alan

McCormick

Perihelion

Paul

McGranaghan

The Woods

Kerry

McNamara

For Every Bear That Ever There Was

Geoffrey

Mead

Purgatory Party

Natalie

Michaels

On anaphylaxis

Barbara

Mogerley

Dear Diary

Molly

Mogren Katt

Tadpole from the Epic Spawning

Marilyn

Moriarty

@3ftinpm

Barbara

Mossberg

Collision

Lindsay

Nicholson

ALP 650

Helen

O’Neill

The Ten Stages of Reproduction

Beverly

Orth

Ambush

James

Page

Why She Cried

Larry

Pankey

Blame the Milkman

Diane

Parnell

Give me a child until he is seven ..

Carl

Parsons

Ask Me How It Works: frequently asked
questions about my open marriage

Deepa

Paul

In the restaurant of the Athenée Palace

Lilian

Pizzichini

Born Again

Bruce

Powell

Two Bastards

David

Ralph

My Mother’s Secrets

Cheryl

Reed

Two Towels and A Cardboard Box

Cheryl

Reggio

The Ghost

Emma

Rennison

Ringing of the Bell

Marc

Revere

The Mole: A Story in 62 Sestudes

Ruth

Rosengarten

The Other Side of the Tracks in 1971

Gerald

Ryan

My August

Peter

Samis

The Ward

Nicole

Scobie

A Short Stay in Paradise

Michelle

Scorziello

My Little Yza-Baby Story

Yza

Shady

Waiting Rooms

Kay

Smith

A Suitable Dress

Maxine

Smitheram

Lost Language

Ann

Spence

The Murder Plot

Charity

Starrett

There are moments which cry out to be fulfilled

Nina

Stochniol

Thirteen Ways of Interrogating an Incident

Wally

Suphap

Heart in Two Worlds

Chris

Thomson

All American

Kate

Vieira

All-American

Kate

Vieira

The Longest Day of the Year

Kate

Vieira

Blurry Vision 2020

Dorothy

Walton

Miss Brodie’s Girls

Lynnda

Wardle

Forgetting

Elizabeth

Whyatt

Saddo

Sheena

Wilkinson

 

 

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