Spring 2009 [Issue No. 16]
Table of Contents - final issue
2009 BLODGETT WAXWING LITERARY PRIZE IN FICTION
FIRST PRIZE - $500
What would you do to get that call you've been waiting for all your life? Call tech support, that's what. But look out ... you might get a dominatrix. Or a 12-year-old genius named Crazy Bob. Rushin delivers a linguistically playful, over-the-top romp concerned with the existential. What else? You were expecting --?
SECOND PRIZE - $100
Cheerful, cynical Selligpacks the girl students at his academy in Nigeria into buses with their teachers and takes them into town, despite government warnings not to travel because of possible election riots. Prominent businessmen dine with the group of girls in exchange for donations to the academy, a sudden storm causes a sudden tragedy, and a hawk cheats death - but at a cost. Don't miss this deft excerpt from Rooney's novel.
One day, City Hall vanishes in a small town, leaving nothingness, a horribly empty pit. A well-respected doctor recounts the town's terrifying slide into political terror, occasioned by the citizens' fear of the unknown.
Hirt considers the unlikely juxtaposition of Ken Olsen, the third man ever to be tried for possession of the biological weapon, ricin, and her father, who sold him the deadly ingredient: "Two men trying to get out of marriages, two drastically different approaches."
"For all my beliefs that humans will be both happier and healthier by living more lightly on the planet, and for all my strivings to do so, the fact remains that I'm a man. There's a destructive tendency to this state that's not so simple as it seems, and for far too long it's been at best a peripheral topic in the recent decades of environmental wrangling."
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