WILMINGTON, N.C. Chautauqua literary journal has awarded its 2014 Editors Prizes of $500, $250 and $100. These awards recognize writing the staff feels best captures both the issue's theme and the spirit of the Chautauqua Institution.
Todd Davis won the top prize for his poem, "The Last Time My Mother Lay Down with My Father." A condition of the contest, the work will automatically be nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Davis is the author of four books of poetry, most recently In the Kingdom of the Ditch and The Least of These, both published by Michigan State University Press. New poems are forthcoming or have appeared recently in American Literary Review, Notre Dame Review, Sou'wester, Green Mountains Review, West Branch, Poet Lore and Image.
Susan Kushner Resnick's essay "Open" earned first runner-up. Kushner Resnick is a journalist with 28 years of reporting to her credit. Her work has been published widely in the Boston Globe, New York Times Magazine, Poets & Writers, among others. She is the author of two acclaimed memoirs and teaches creative nonfiction at Brown University.
Second runner-up Kelly Hammond lives and teaches in New York City. Her short story "Working Hours" is her first published piece. She is currently working on a novel. "Chautauqua," an annual journal of creative writing, is built as an anthology. The writing expresses the values of Chautauqua Institution, broadly construed: a sense of inquiry into questions of personal, social, political, spiritual, and aesthetic importance. Each issue is a theme, explored through an interpretation of the four philosophical pillars of Chautauqua Institution: art, spirit, life lessons, and leisure. In the pages of Chautauqua, readers will find a season between the covers.
Supported by Chautauqua Institution, "Chautauqua" is produced in partnership with the Creative Writing Department and the Publishing Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Each year a group of graduate and undergraduate students work as members of the editorial team. They read and discuss submissions, fact-check and edit, search for art, and participate in the artistic process of building a book. "Chautauqua" is released each year in June as the summer session begins.