Eludia Award Semi-Finalists Announced

Greetings to all our Hidden River Artists! We’d like to announce that, after months of manuscript reading, our semi-finalists have been chosen for this most recent round of our Eludia Award. The Eludia Award is offered to a woman writer, age 40 or older, for her first book-length work of fiction – either a novel or a collection of stories. Guidelines and further information about the Eludia Award can be found here.

We were blessed this year with truly wonderful work from women writers living and writing in the U.S., Canada, France, England, Ireland, and Australia. Our sincere thanks go to ALL writers who have shared their work with us. We honor and celebrate you all.

Our semi-finalists are posted below. Our readers will be meeting again over the course of the next two weeks, to read and review once again, in order to announce the finalists. Please stay tuned to this page for updates!


Bohrer, Susan, Thy Neighbor’s Life
Bolkvadze, Tamar, Fireweed
Cochrell, Christie, Nude Against the Light
Cullity, Jocelyn, Mutiny
Day, Diana, Metal and Bone (stories)
Demme, Nancy, Ravenmocker
Downey, MJ, The Naturalist’s Book
Ehtesham-Zadeh, Susan, American Moon
Jennings, Nicola, Everything She Ever Wanted
Lautze, Tempa, Grievous Matters
Leary, Jan English, Eunuchs
McAlinden, Orla, The Accidental Wife and Other Stories
McClure, Meg, Rue – Twelve Stories
Methvin, TJ, Entanglements, A Compilation
Normandin, Ricki, Island Rules
Nye, N., Turtleback
O’Dell, Celeste, The Bridegroom and Other Elkhorn Stories
Peck, Marcia, Water Music
Polk, Victoria, The Blue Masque
Randolph, Anne, The Sweet Not Enough
Simic-Bentley, Silvana, Stored Memories
Smedman, Lorna, Moss
Turner-Yamamoto, Judith, Garden of the Dead


Mark Wagstaff wins the William Van Wert Fiction Award

Winner of William Van Wert Award in Fiction

Winner of William Van Wert Award in Fiction

Hidden River is pleased to announce Mark Wagstaff as the William Van Wert Fiction Award winner for his short story, “Some Secret Space.”

Mark tells us that he was born by the sea, and now lives in London. His stories have been published in journals and anthologies in the US and UK. Recent publications have appeared in Cobalt Review, Tethered by Letters and Prick of the Spindle. In 2012 Mark won the Machigonne Fiction Contest, hosted by The New Guard of Portland, Maine. In 2011 he won two UK first prizes, the Aesthetica Creative Writing prize and The Big Issue in the North short story contest. Mark has published four novels and a story collection. His second collection of short stories will be published by InkTears later in 2014. More information about Mark and his work can be found at his website: http://www.markwagstaff.com

Check back soon for a more complete interview with Mark.

The William Van Wert Prize in Fiction offers $1000 to the winning manuscript. Our next cycle ends soon – the submission deadline is June 30. See our guidelines for full submission requirements.

Announced: Semi-finalists and Finalists of the 2013 William Van Wert

Due to the large number of submissions this year, it has taken a little longer to make our decisions. So many strong manuscripts and writers offer a wealth of talent, but also provide a real challenge! Congratulations to the semi-finalists and finalists named below. Please check back shortly, since we are doing one last reading of the finalists, and will be announcing our winner shortly.
Thanks to everyone who shared their work with us; we honor and cherish each and every one of you, and wish you the best of success in your writing.

The William Van Wert Fiction Award offers $1000 to the winning manuscript.

The next round of our William Van Wert competition deadlines June 30, 2014. Information and submission requirements are found here on our guidelines page.


Brennan, Joan, Such is her Power
Brennan, Joan, The Drowning Land
Brown, Laura, Made By Mary
Carey, Crystal, Husbanding Dreams
Cole, Douglas, Villagers
Connelly, Mark, Can’t You See the Walls?
Connelly, Mark, The Price
Coyle, Caryn, Grace
Early, Elizabeth, Backbone
Goodkind, Anna, Counting
Goodkind, Anna, Sevilla
Goodwyne, Owen, Tropical Tonic
Henry, Joy, Stillborn
Kann, Lydia, The Circle of the Whale
Kearns, Margeurite, Stand Up For Freedom & Put Your Body on the Line
Landt, Kris, Sun Jelly Pastures
Lewis, Steven, The Man Who Hated the New Yorker
MacGowan, Mary, Jane
McFadden, McKay, In the Hammam
Matthews, Kelly, The Memorialist
Merritt, Ave, Circa
Paige, Paula, Posslqs
Partington, Deborah, It’s What I Was Given
Partington, Deborah, So Many Sentences
Peterson, Paula W., Frances and Elana
Randolph, Anne, The Sweet Not Enough
Reyes, Ronny, 9.81 Meters Per Second
Rile, Karen, The Snow Queen
Sakariassen, Eric, Summer Place
Samples, Susan, Chekhov’s Toothbrush
Sarkis, Meli, Ah, Tamar, excerpt
Saxby, Katherine, Burntime
Scanlon, Seamus, The Tennessee Waltz
Selber, Lones, The Circuit Rider
Smith, Morgan, The Perfect Horse
Stegner, Lynn, In the Not-Too-Different Future
Stevens, Sally, The Unkindest Cut
Spafford, Roz, To Do With It
Stuart, Marley, Jack’s Guitar
Sulmers, Gail Gross, Family Vacation
Terence, Susan, Bean Alley, excerpt
Tiefer, Hillary, The City of Brotherly Love
Ullo, Karen, The Tree Behind the Carousel
Wagstaff, Mark, Some Secret Space
Waller, James, Premonition
Warah, Holly, My Mecca

Brennan, Joan, Such is her Power
Cole, Douglas, Villagers
Connelly, Mark, The Price
Goodkind, Anna, Counting
McFadden, McKay, In the Hammam
Partington, Deborah, It’s What I Was Given
Rile, Karen, The Snow Queen
Sakariassen, Eric, Summer Place
Scanlon, Seamus, The Tennessee Waltz
Smith, Morgan, The Perfect Horse
Ullo, Karen, The Tree Behind the Carousel
Wagstaff, Mark, Some Secret Space
Waller, James, Premonition
Warah, Holly, My Mecca

Once again, congratulations to all semi-finalists and finalists. Thanks to all of our writers!

2011 William Van Wert Semi-Finalists in Fiction Announced

We are a few months behind in getting our semi-finalists, finalists and winners announced, but are now happy to name our semi-finalists in the William Van Wert Award for fiction.  This is an award for previously unpublished fiction, either a short story or a novel excerpt of up to 25 pages.  This year’s offerings were exceptionally strong, and we are grateful for the many writers who have entrusted us with their work.  It is always a humbling experience to be confronted with such talent.  So thank you, everyone, for submitting your writing to us.  We will continue to work, reviewing the manuscripts, and will name our finalists and winner shortly.

2011 William Van Wert Award in Fiction Semi-Finalists

Amshalem, Jeff, Glory Be (excerpt)

Basch, Rachel, excerpt The Listener

Bierhause, Jed, “Alaska”

Bridwell, Tim, (excerpt) Sephronia L.

Cunninham, Laine, (excerpt) Buy Light and Purple Blooms

Cusick, Greg, “”A Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions”

De Pisa, Diana, “Winter Kill,” excerpt from The Devil’s Darning Needle

DeSimone, Joanne, excerpt, Blackie and The Little Flower

Gerry, Susan, “Dreams,” excerpt of Carnival Mirrors

Gupta, Rajni (excerpt) The Uneven Road

Harlow, Enid, excerpt, Good to Her

Jamir,Nahal Suzanne, “Stories My Mother Told Me”

Kushner, Carol Scarvalone, excerpt Leaving the World

Lindstrom, Ann-Marie “April Showers” (excerpt)

Linfield, Richard Leon, excerpt Paradise Regained

Loselle, Gregory “Lint, Dust & Hair”

Martin, Chet, “A Summer’s Worth of Death”

Mawle, Carmel, “Jamila”

Reilly, Edward, excerpt, Nullis

Rile, Karen, “The Other Fathers”

Peckinpaugh, Jennifer, excerpt, Hellbent

Sadler, Lynne Veach, “Trying /Trying Not To Be A Mother”

Scanlon, Seamus, “A Corrupt Belfast Passover”

Schnabel, Jennifer, “A Star-Spangled Scandal”

Seed, Anthony Hall, “Somewhat Difficult to Put Into Words”

Skillings, Rogert, excerpt Each in His Own Way

Van Arsdale, Sarah, “Just Like That,” excerpt from Grand Isle