Washington Writers’ Publishing House is excited to announce the winners of our 2016 contests in fiction and poetry. Laura Fargas has won the Jean Feldman Award for her collection of poems, The Green of Ordinary Time. Her poems have appeared in The Atlantic Monthly, Georgia Review, The Paris Review, and Poetry, and her books include An Animal of the Sixth Day (Texas Tech Univ. Press, 1996). She practiced occupational safety and health litigation on the worker side for twenty-seven years for the Department of Labor. She lives in Washington, DC.
The 2015 fiction prize has been awarded to Robert J. Williams for his collection Strivers and Other Stories. Williams was born in Augusta, Georgia. He is the recipient of four Larry Neal Writers’ Awards given by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Educated at Northwestern University and the University of Georgia’s Grady Graduate School of Journalism and Mass Communications, he resides in Washington, D.C. where he has worked in digital marketing, advertising and web technology for over 20 years. He is currently at work on a novel.
Both books will be published in October 2016. Congratulations to both award winners and thanks to all the poets and fiction writers who submitted their fine work to this year’s contest.