Winter Contest:
Winners and Finalists

Columbia Journal is delighted to announce the winners and finalists of our 2017 Winter Contest. We received an overwhelming number of submissions, and were blown away by the breadth of content, creativity of form, and quality of writing in each spectacular piece. Below are the winners and finalists in each category. We thank them for their outstanding work and for representing the Columbia Journal creative community. And a special thanks to our contest judges, Bianca Stone in poetry, Karan Mahajan in fiction, and Valeria Luiselli in nonfiction. You will see the finalists’ work published on the website in the upcoming weeks.


Winner: Danny Coleman – “Soon”
Finalists: Siamak Vossoughi – “You Are My Brother,” Jen Knox – “Nothing’s Wrong”


Winner: Easton Smith – “Dispatches from the War on Christmas”
Finalists: Joshua James Amberson – “The Blind Cartoon,” Jennifer Tennant – “1000. Jen”


Winner: Mick Powell – “last night I dreamed KJ undead”
Finalists: Kate Nitze – “Aging,” Connor Yeck -“A Canticle for Wild Dogs”

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