2013 San Miguel Writers’ Conferenence “Writing Contest” Winners

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For the past few weeks our judges have been reading each writing submission with care. There were tales of smuggling drugs into Thailand, stories of death row romances, somber excerpts at funerals, erotic poetry, and many, many more. In each category the judges picked the top three pieces and then as a group they picked the winning submissions. There were so many great entries and it was not an easy task choosing, but here are the results as well as the two runner-ups in each category.

Poetry Winner

Dawn Manning for her three unpublished poems: “Juanita,” “Codemakers,” and “Forget What the Arsonist Took.”

Dawn earned a BA in anthropology through West Chester University and an MFA in poetry through the University of New Orleans.  Her poetry has received the Edith Garlow Poetry Prize and she has been published in literary magazines such as bottle rockets, The Centrifugal Eye, Silk Road, and many others. She lives in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Poetry Honorable Mentions

Will Clarke for the poems: “The Letters You Threw Away,” “In Dallas,” and “Regarding the Viceroyʼs Son.”

Norma Valdez for the poems: “El Circo,” “Supplication,” and “After.”

Fiction Winner

Melody Feldman for her short story, Vida.

Melody Feldman is a candidate for the MFA in Fiction from Fairleigh Dickinson University where she was the assistant editor of The Literary Review. Her short story “Pie” won the 2008 Fulton Prize for Fiction from The Adirondack Review.  Her work has also been published in 34th Parallel, Perceptions Magazine, Camroc Press Review, The Stray Branch, and Gloom Cupboard.  Melody lives in Washington, DC with her husband and rambunctious miniature schnauzer.

Fiction Honorable Mentions

Jon Corcoran for the short story, The Rope Swing.

Yuska Lutfi for the short story, The Marvelous Life of a Rice Hut Showgirl.

Creative Nonfiction Winner

Candace Eros Diaz for her creative nonfiction piece, Breaking Wide Open.

Candace graduated from Saint Mary’s College of California and earned an MFA in Creative Nonfiction in 2011 and in Fiction in 2012. She currently works for the MFA program at Saint Mary’s College as the Coordinator of Admissions and Student Services.  She lives in San Francisco Bay Area.

 Creative Nonfiction Honorable Mentions

Dhana Musil for the creative nonfiction piece, Khao San Box.

Chris Carroll for the creative nonfiction piece, Spit.

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San Miguel de Allende

Each of the winners will be attending the writers’ conference in San Miguel de Allende free of charge and have their lodging provided for them. It is our hope that attending the conference will allow them to network, learn more about the craft of writing, and share some writing advice with their peers. In the next few weeks we plan on publishing each of the winning selections on our website, (if the winning authors give us permission) so that everyone can see the time and effort these writers have put into crafting such wonderful pieces.




  1. Cheers to all the winners, as well as we non-winners. Looking forward to reading the fine works of these writers.

  2. Congratulations!!!!!!

  3. Will Clarke says:

    Congratulations to all the winners! Enjoy San Miguel!

  4. Congratulations to all! You’re going to love the conference.

  5. Thank you so much for the honourable mention.I can’t wait for San Miguel. Only 22 more sleeps for me!