The Winners of the 2019 Spring Contest

Columbia Journal is excited to announce the winners and finalists of our inaugural 2019 Spring Contest, which was judged by Alexandra Kleeman, Tommy Pico, and Kiese Laymon. We want to thank everyone who entered the Contest for sharing their work with us, as well as our three 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.

Nonfiction

Judged by Kiese Laymon

Winner:
“Azabache” by Rocío Reyes Mejia

Finalists:
“This is Not a Ghost Story” by Katie Simpson
“Find and Replace” by Christie Tate
“Tiger, Taiga” by Bob Kunzinger

Fiction

Judged by Alexandra Kleeman

Winner:
“A Serious Man” by Mika Taylor

Finalists:
“Seafood” by Sophie Ohrn
“Evaporations” by Nicholas Russell

Poetry

Judged by Tommy Pico

Winner:
“Sestina with Cults as a Wikihow with Pictures” by Adric Tenuta

Finalists:
“Fur Coat” by Cynthia Hua
“Self-Portrait as Postmortem” by Helli Fang

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