14 Jun 2016 Metatron Prize Shortlist!
The Metatron Prize almost broke us emotionally this year. While it was incredibly fun & stimulating for us to dive into an inbox full of manuscripts without knowing what to expect, it also generated a crazy (!) amount of work on our end. Still, we tried to approach each and every submission with tenderness, care and open-mindedness. This year, we received more than 200 manuscripts. It felt like an embarrassment of riches, or maybe even some sort of humiliation of riches. It was touching and validating to see how many writers from so many different backgrounds were willing to trust us with their work, and it was at times heartbreaking to have to turn down some great material, just because we can only publish so many titles.
After a lot of hard work and collaborative discussions, we’re very (very!) excited to present the shortlist for the 2016 Metatron Prize. The winner of this year’s Prize will receive a 200$ cash prize, a selection of past Metatron titles & a publication deal with us. Moreover, all the manuscripts shortlisted below will be considered for individual publication deals.
Stay tuned here on our blog and on social media, as we will be featuring excerpts from the shortlist over the next two weeks.
Here is the shortlist (in no particular order) for the 2016 Metatron Prize for Rising Authors + some special mentions!
~ SPECIAL AWARDS, HONORARY MENTIONS & OTHER STUFF ~
BEST FIRST SENTENCE:
“We need to stop sexualizing little girls and we need to save the bees.”
– Lauren Cook
BEST AUTHOR NAME:
BEST AUTHOR NAME (PART 2):
SPECIAL HUMANITARIAN AWARD:
Jon Vanneste, who sent us a reading fee without having a manuscript to submit, later explaining via email that he thought our books were cool & that he simply wanted to support us.
“Wonder what a ladybug infestation would be like, probably cute and fun.”
– Jesse Prado
BEST EMOJI LINE:
“Hovering on an emoji, I am an agent full of peace.”
– Emily Carney
BEST MANUSCRIPT TITLE:
“Getting to Know the Gatekeeper”
– May G N
BEST MANUSCRIPT TITLE (PART 2):
– Logan Fry
Lydia Pawlowsky, whose dog is on Instagram at @dog.not.sandwich
BEST POEM FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF A JAR:
“I am a jar”
– Jackson Nieuwland
BEST SENTENCE FROM AN AUTHOR BIO:
“Her writing has previously appeared in The Void, on Twitter and in her laptop’s trash can.”
– Natalia Hero
BEST SENTENCE FROM AN AUTHOR BIO (PART 2):
“Writing is his backup plan.”
– Douglas Luman
COOLEST VISUALS (4 WAY TIE)
– Mike Long
– Joseph Parker Okay
– Odie Ouderkirk
– Sean Cearley
Michelle Lyn King, whose epigraph read:
“I just want to tell you the reality of what you are and what you are not.”
– Taylor Swift in a speech on her 1989 World Tour
~ 2016 METATRON PRIZE SHORTLIST
(IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER) ~
WHAT MY HAIR SAYS ABOUT YOU
BY LAURA THEOBALD
Laura Theobald is the author of the poetry chaps The Best Thing Ever, Edna Poems, and Eraser Poems. She has an MFA from LSU and is Assistant Editor of Spooky Girlfriend Press. She comes from the Florida Keys, and lives in New Orleans. lauratheobald.net.
BY NATASHA YOUNG
Natasha Young is a writer based out of Los Angeles. Born in Portland, Maine, she’s lived and worked in Montreal, Quebec and Brooklyn, New York. Her work has appeared in places like ADULT, Refinery29, Noisey and Bullett. She is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Highway Magazine.
BY LIZ BOWEN
Liz Bowen is a poet and doctoral student in English and comparative literature at Columbia University. She spends a lot of time thinking and writing about unruly bodies, friendship, care and desire, and animals in the woods. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in journals and anthologies including The Atlas Review, Shabby Doll House, Gigantic Sequins, Contrary, and The YOLO Pages.
CRITERIA FOR CRAZY
BY SENNAH YEE
Sennah Yee is from Toronto, where she completed her thesis on gendered robot design. She is the author of the THE AQUARIUM (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and THE GL.A.DE (Dancing Girl Press, forthcoming). She co-edits and contributes regularly to The Fuck of the Century, an online film/TV journal. She’s currently on the writing team of Gay Mean Girls, a short-turned-web series. Though named after a racecar driver, she has yet to get behind the wheel.
BY SARAH JEAN GRIMM
Sarah Jean Grimm is a publicist at Penguin Random House and co-founder of the online poetry quarterly, Powder Keg Magazine. Her poems have recently appeared in The Atlas Review, Cosmonaut’s Avenue, H_NGM_N, Jellyfish Magazine, The Lifted Brow, Seizure, and elsewhere. She lives in Brooklyn.
BOSTON VS LOS ANGELES
BY JOHN COLASACCO
John Colasacco’s previous and upcoming books include Antigolf (Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2015), The Information Crusher (forthcoming, Spuyten Duyvil, 2016) and two other book-length poems (Two Teenagers, forthcoming Horse Less Press 2016, and The Wagners, trnsfr books, 2017).
ANIMALS & PLANTS
BY ALEX MANLEY
Alex Manley still lives in Montreal, the city he was born in. He graduated from a university Creative Writing program a few years ago. His work has been published online and in print by certain publications. He won an award once. He is left-handed.