Though we do not have any strict judging criteria (these are vignettes, after all, and do not follow standard rules), we looked for originality, sound spelling and grammar, and the 'it' factor. The 'it' factor basically means you 'wowed' us, and that if we had the resources to publish all the manuscripts on this list, we would.
Each Quarter-Finalist will be contacted for their postal address and mailed an award certificate at the end of the entire judging period (April 30).
Without further ado, here are the Quarter-Finalists in no particular order:
- Mosaic, by Aimy Tien
- You. I. Us., by Annalisa Crawford
- Enter, by Charles Hansmann
- It's Strange Here, by JL Schneider
- Ramshackle Houses, by Kathy Boles-Turner
- The Intercostal Space, by Kathy Stevenson
- The Crimes of Clara Turlington, by Meg Johnson
- The Geometry of Pleasure, by Natalia Andrievskikh
- Postcards From Here, by Penny Guisinger
- P E C F D, by Raul Palma
On April 30, we will announce the Semi-Finalists: our top three choices, and the Grand Finalist.
Each of the Quarter-Finalists will be re-evaluated by five members of our staff (Jessica, Dawn, Kristen, Krystal & Theresa), plus the guest judge, Sara Sargent. Each judge will then vote on the manuscripts in order of preference.
With 6 judges, the highest score a manuscript can get is 6 if each judge puts it first on their list. The lowest score a manuscript can get is 60. After voting is complete, the three manuscripts with the highest combined scores will consist of one Grand Finalist and two Semi-Finalists (the one with the highest score of the three will be our Grand-Finalist, and the ones ranked second and third the Semi-Finalists). Jessica Bell, the Publishing Editor of the journal, and founder/owner of Vine Leaves Press will also consider publishing the two Semi-Finalists, though this is not guaranteed.
Each Semi-Finalist will be contacted for their postal address and mailed an award certificate at the end of the judging period.
The Grand Finalist will be mailed an award certificate and awarded $500 (USD) + Publication in early 2016 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies (more details HERE).
We'd like to thank all who submitted their manuscripts to the award. Submissions for the 2016 vignette collection award will open on June 1, 2015.
Please note: Every author that submitted to the award will receive feedback on their manuscript. It will be sent as soon as humanly possible. Thank you for your patience.