Update 30 Oct. 2004: Contest results
Winner: "The Glory of Might," by Katherine Ludwig
The judges first and only choice is Katherine Ludwig's story "The Glory of Might." Congratulations.
oznik.com would like to thank all other contributors. Eran Reiss for his lovely song, and his patience until we managed to upload it. Shlomi Garber, Doron Cohen, and David Melamed for sending stories in Hebrew, and giving permission to publish even though they could not participate in the contest.
Thanks also to the contest sponsor, MoversNeeded, designer of shirts, posters and cards, for providing prizes.
And many many thanks to the judges, Benjamin Hollander, Michele Serros, and Andrew Wilson, for taking this on.
Here's what the judges wrote about the entries:
My choice for first prize in The Ariel Sharon Short Story contest is Katherine Ludwig.
Well, it's not hard to see this story is based on what happened to Rachel Corrie, although the story does not require the reader to know this for it to "work."
The story moves at a clipped pace yet flows remarkably well, as it opens up space and time for a reader to reflect on "the event" at hand. I'm impressed most by Ms. Ludwig's understanding of the consciousness of these characters. Ludwig is aware of the woman's (or the other protestors')possible flaws (e.g. privelege) as they might be perceived by the driver (e.g."the smoothness of their pampered skin).
Through the woman character, Ludwig immediately understands how futile it would be for the driver to connect the woman he will bulldoze with his own mother, because it would not make him empathize with the woman in front of him?an assumption clearly made chillingly real at the end of the story, when he thinks of another woman, his sister, but only because it seems he wants to forget what he has just done and relax at home with family. It's almost as if the author is suggesting that this driver knows "my mother, my sister, are not like THEIR mothers, THEIR sisters."
To this end, as I said, I'm impressed by Ludwig's awareness of the interior (psychological) lives of these characters, even as the story progresses almost matter of factly.
Michele Serros added:
I've found "The Glory of Might" by Katherine Ludwig to be my favorite... it offers a unique insight from what I have read/heard of "the situation." I'm thinking the ending maybe be a bit cliche (Isn't it an unsaid fact that to get published in The New Yorker you have to end your piece with the word "home?"), but the story made me interested in the working man's perspective, his naivete in regards of position and duty, the threat and tiresome routine of hegemony that confuses him. All in all, it made me think, more than the other pieces.
Update 16 Aug. 2004: Deadline
No more entries. Stories have been passed on to the judges.
Update 21 Jul. 2004: Story and Song entries in Hebrew
This contest, annoucned in English, has reaped some entries in Hebrew. Hebrew readers are invited to read (and listen) to these entries, and perhaps help translate them so they can fully participate in the contest:
oznik is proud to announce the first ever (as far as we are aware) Ariel Sharon Short Story Contest, and to invite writers to contribute stories that focus on, are inspired by, or related to Ariel Sharon. All entries will be read, and the best would be published online on oznik.com (who knows, perhaps something in print will come out of this too...), with a copyright notice in the author's name.
The writer of the winning story will receive 50 € (50 EMU Euro, worth about US$ 61 as of May 31), writers of the top three stories will be awarded an election T-shirt, a poster, and cards, courtesy of MoversNeeded.com. Entry deadline: 15 August 2004. The results will be published in September.
Art contributions to accompany the presentation of the stories are also welcome, as well as banner proposals to promote the contest on this site and others. Art contributors whose work would be used will also be awarded MoversNeeded.com products. Scroll to the bottom of the page for Art Guidelines.
Story entry guidelines:
- Electronic entries only (see below), no file attachments.
- Deadline: 15 Aug 2004.
- Max. length 2,000 words.
About the judges:
Michele Serros is a poet, writer of fiction, and a commentator for National Public Radio. Her first book, Chicana Falsa and other stories of Death, Identity and Oxnard, has become required reading in high schools and universities across the US. Her second work of fiction, How to be a Chicana Role Model, was published in July 2000, and instantly reached the Los Angeles Times bestseller list. Newsweek named her "one of the top young women to watch for in the new century." Currently living in New York City, Ms. Serros is writing a young adult novel tentatively titled, Notes for a Medium Brown Girl and continues to speak at high schools, correctional facilities and universities around the country.
Benjamin Hollander's recent book, Rituals of Truce and the Other Israeli was published by Parrhesia Press. He was born in Israel and emigrated to New York City in 1958, at the age of six. He has lived in San Francisco since 1978. A poet and essayist, scholar and teacher, his books include Vigilance (Beyond Baroque, 2004), Levinas and the Police, Part 1 (Chax Press, 2001), The Book Of Who Are Was (Sun & Moon, 1997), How to Read, too (Leech Books, 1992), and, as editor, Translating Tradition: Paul Celan in France (ACTS, 1988).
Andrew L. Wilson holds a G.E.D. from Memphis Adult Education Center, a B.A. in English literature from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in English literature from Boston College. He attended the Boston University Creative Writing Program and the 3rd Annual Zoetrope Short Story Writer's Workshop, and has since taught creative writing at the elementary school and college levels. He has worked as a busboy, dishwasher, waiter, cook, bartender, dogwalker, lottery ticket seller, consigliere, art mover and installer, house repairs contractor, bookstore clerk, office temp, book appraiser, office manager, teacher, proofreader, manuscript consultant, writer, journalist, and editor. His fiction, essays and poetry have appeared in small literary magazines in the United States, Europe, and Japan, most recently in Rosebud, where his story shares a cover billing with Stephen King. Last year he was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His interview with poet Derek Walcott appears in the Bedford/St. Martin’s anthology Stages of Drama. A story of his recently appeared in The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 2, and was singled out for praise in press reviews.
Story entry form:
Portrait or landscape layout.
- Dimensions: 480 x 360 pixels
- (and standard banners: 468 x 60, 120 x 240, 234 x 60, 125 x 125, 120 x 90, 120 x 60, and 88 x 31 pixels)
- Format: JPEG or GIF.
- Max. File size: 100 kb.
Art entry form: