After endless evenings of extensive consideration, grueling arguments and one exhaustive boxing match, we have named our Chapbook and Cover Art winners! (Adam won the boxing match, but Pat refuses to comment.) It is with great pleasure we announce Jamey Gallagher as our 2013 Chapbook winner with his darkly provocative Crumblehead, and Patrick Shambeck as our 2013 Cover Art winner with his stunning piece entitled Death Turned.
About our winners:
Jamey Gallagher lives in Baltimore, where he teaches at the Community College of Baltimore County. He has had more than thirty pieces of writing published in small journals, online and in print. Three of his stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Patrick Shambeck came from humble beginnings in Greenville, Alabama. He moved to Los Angeles, California where he found artistic inspiration in the crashing waves and sandy bikinis.
In addition to these two individuals, we also take pleasure in announcing the following runners up:
For the Chapbook Competition:
Christina Elaine Collins – Antiheroines of America
Alyssa Yankwitt – The Displacement
Susan Charkes – Averted Vision
Howie Good – A Danger to Self or Others
Laura Johnson – To Let the Water Run
For the Cover Art Contest:
Rand Smith – Under Her Hat
Erin Hinz – Sparkle Motion in Liquid Form
Emerson Myers – Generation Gap
We were shocked and overwhelmed by the amount and the incredible quality of work that we received for this contest. It is very gratifying for us to see people inspired to contribute to the independent literature community. This was our first annual contest, and its success excites us for future prospects of similar natures. It’s hard to believe how much this magazine has grown and developed in its years in production, and we are very proud of our ever-expanding project.
The best part of it all is that we get to learn about new writers, and expose them to readers who otherwise wouldn’t find them. That has always been our endeavor, and will continue to be as we continue publishing Gambling the Aisle. This contest is a true showcase of the talent and risk-taking we have always strived to put forth.
Crumblehead will be available for purchase at gamblingtheaisle.com in December.