Spring 2020 Contest: Winners & Runner Ups Announced

Columbia Journal is excited to announce the winners and finalists of our annual Spring Contest, which was judged by Melissa Febos in nonfiction, Analicia Sotelo in poetry, and Kali Fajardo-Anstine in fiction. We want to thank everyone who entered the Contest for sharing their work with us, as well as our wonderful judges, and express our congratulations to the winners and finalists. You can click on the title of each piece to read it in full. Winners and runner ups will be posted on Saturday, April 18th, 2020.

We hope you and your loved ones are safe during this difficult time and that these beautiful pieces bring you some solace.


Winner: “On Becoming a Root Vegetable” by Rachel Attias

Runner Up: “Family Sauce” by Anne Gudger

Runner Up: “The Magicians” by Theophilus Kwek

Runner Up: “Gringos” by Kristin Sancken


Winner: Poems by Mateo Lara

Runner Up: Poems by Meetra Javed

Runner Up: Poems by Adebe DeRango-Adem

Runner Up: Poems by Starr Davis


Winner: “We Tell Time In Stories, Not Hours” by Chris Huntington

Runner Up: “Swallowed Flies” by Isabel Murray

Runner Up: “Aquanauts of Hudson County” by Justin Hocking

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