Special Issue on Loneliness: Announcing the Shortlist

Columbia Journal is delighted to announce the shortlist for our Special Issue on Loneliness. Our dedicated team of readers and editors culled through a pool of more than 400 submissions that were each uniquely moving. 

We are grateful to everyone who submitted their work. Our reading and judging experience were both immensely enjoyable but also difficult owing to the huge amount of talent.

Our top three in each genre—comprising a winner and two runners up—will be announced on Monday, July 13th, 2020. Please note that after much consideration, we will not be announcing a winner for the Translation category since the submissions did not meet our editorial expectations.
Below is our shortlist, in alphabetical order:

“Lapse” by Anna Foran
“Fall” by Enid Becker
“No One to Call a Friend” by Jim Ross
“The Wind Will Not Carry You” by Jordan Evans
“Photos of Loneliness” by Lawrence Bridges
“Feeding the Birds” by Margaret Hetherman
“Empty Beautified” by Zanib Naeem
“Social Distancing” by Stanley Siegel


“Jimmies” by Brendan Sheehan
“Tiny Objects” by C.T. Alderman
“Orbyset” by Derek Andersen
“Another Lydia Davis Story” by Tim Tomlinson


“Of All the Things I Cannot Do” by Brenda Miller
“Snip” by Eileen Vorbach Collins
“Inferma” by Erin Lillo
“A Month of Two Suns” by Jessica Kinnison
“Keep What You Have” by Leyla Colpan
“Milky Ways” by Yasmin Boakye


“A Pack of Cigarettes Imagines the Afterlife” by Brandon Thomas DiSabatino
“Elegy with Lost Pity” by Charlotte Hughes
“Anti-Positivism” by Evana Bodiker
“Rumination #9” by Kari Ann Ebert
“Monstrosity” by Nathan Spoon

Congratulations to all the finalists!

We look forward to sharing this compilation of brilliant work with our community of readers in the next few weeks.
The announcement for our July Special Issue will be out soon. Stay tuned. 

Harriet Anena

Online Editor, Columbia Journal, #Issue59

Image by Melk Hagelslag from Pixabay 

About the author

Harriet Anena is a writer from Gulu, Uganda. She's pursuing an MFA in Nonfiction at Columbia University. Anena is the Online Editor for Columbia Journal and author of the poetry collection, A Nation in Labour.
Twitter: @ahpetite I Instagram: @ber.anena

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