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Washington Writers’ Publishing House is excited to announce the winners of our 2019 contests in fiction and poetry.

The 2019 Jean Feldman Poetry Prize winner is Elizabeth Knapp, for her collection Requiem with an Amulet in Its Beak. Knapp is the author of The Spite House (C&R Press, 2011), winner of the 2010 De Novo Poetry Prize. Her other honors include the 2018 Robert H. Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America and a 2017 Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, and Quarterly West, among others. An associate professor of English at Hood College, she lives in Frederick, Maryland with her family.

The WWPH Fiction winner for 2019 is Nathan Leslie, for his story collection, Hurry Up and Relax. Leslie’s nine previous books of fiction include Three Men, Root and Shoot, Sibs, and The Tall Tale of Tommy Twice. He is also the author of a collection of poems, Night Sweat. Nathan is currently the series editor for Best Small Fictions, the founder and organizer of the Reston Reading Series in Reston, Virginia, and the publisher and editor of the new online journal Maryland Literary Review. He lives in Northern Virginia with his wife, Julie.

Both books will be published in October. Congratulations to both award winners and thanks to all the poets and fiction writers who submitted their fine work to this year’s contest.