2015 Award Winners

ONSQU is proud to announce the 2015 Washington Square Review Award recipients:

Fiction (selected by Jacinda Townsend): Justin Bendell, “Fire Complex”

Justin Bendell is a writer, editor, educator, and musician. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared in Hayden’s Ferry ReviewMason’s RoadConfluencePrint-Oriented Bastards, and elsewhere. He earned a Wildlife Ecology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MA from Northern Arizona, and an MFA from Florida International University. A fiction editor forSliver of Stone Magazine, Justin resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Flash Fiction (selected by Tope Folarin): Melissa Sipin, “This First Breath”

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, California. Her work has appeared in GuernicaGlimmer Train StoriesPANKEleven ElevenHYPHEN580 SplitLantern ReviewFjords Review, and Kweli Journal, among others. Melissa co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on new Philippine myths forthcoming from Carayan Press (Winter 2015). Cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine, she was the Community Engagement Fellow at Mills College and the Tennessee Williams Scholar at the 2013 Sewanee Writers’ Conference. As a VONA/Voices Fellow and U.S. Navy wife, she teaches at Old Dominion University and is currently working on a novel.

Poetry (selected by Eduardo C. Corral): Sophie Klahr, “Summer Job”

Sophie Klahr’s poems, essays and reviews appear in PloughsharesThe RumpusGulf CoastB O D YSycamore ReviewLinebreak, and other publications. She is the author of the chapbook________ Versus Recovery (Pilot Books), and is a contributing editor at Gigantic Sequins. She lives in Los Angeles.

Big congratulations to the winners, and thanks to all those who participated!

Guidelines for the 2016 contest are forthcoming early December!