Columbia Journal is excited to announce the winners for our Special Issue on Loneliness. In selecting finalists, our dedicated Reading Board worked closely with Shir Kehila, online nonfiction editor; Sylvia Gindick, online poetry editor; Victoria Rucinski, online fiction editor, and Eiliza Callahan, art editor.
We are grateful to the more than 400 writers and artists who shared their work with us. You made our reading experience a delight.
The winning stories explored and challenged the definition of loneliness in ways that were both refreshing and captivating.
We will publish work by all the finalists starting August 1st.
Congratulations to the winners, runners up and honorable mentions!
Winner: “Feeding the Birds” by Margaret Hetherman
1st Runner Up: “Social Distancing” by Stanley Siegel
2nd Runner Up: “Paintings of Loneliness” by Enid Becker
- “Empty Beautified” by Zanib Naeem
- “Lapse” by Anna Foran
- “No One to Call a Friend” by Jim Ross
- “The Wind Will Not Carry You” by Jordan Evans
- “Photos of Loneliness” by Lawrence Bridges
Winner: “Another Lydia Davis Story” by Tim Tomlinson
1st Runner Up: “Jimmies” by Brendan Sheehan
2nd Runner Up: “Orbyset” by Derek Andersen
- “Tiny Objects” by C.T. Alderman
Winner: “Keep What You Have” by Leyla Colpan
1st Runner Up: “Milky Ways” by Yasmin Boakye
2nd Runner Up: “A Month of Two Suns” by Jessica Kinnison
- “Inferma” by Erin Lillo
- “Of All the Things I Cannot Do” by Brenda Miller
- “Snip” by Eileen Vorbach Collins
Winner: “Anti-Positivism” by Evana Bodiker
1st Runner Up: “A Pack of Cigarettes Imagines the Afterlife” by Brandon Thomas DiSabatino
2nd Runner Up: “Elegy with Lost Pity” by Charlotte Hughes
- “Monstrosity” by Nathan Spoon
- “Rumination #9” by Kari Ann Ebert
The winner in each of our four categories will receive $50.
We are excited to share details about our next Special Issue, UPRISING, on July 20th.
Online Editor, Columbia Journal #Issue 59