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.
Without further ado, here are the Quarter-Finalists in no particular order:
- Harvest, by Amanya Maloba
- We All Reach the Earth by Falling, by Bauke Kamstra
- The Need for Comfort, by Cathy Barber
- The Christmas Boy Will Not Disappear, by Chanel Brenner
- Cellography, by Christine Tsen
- Solace, by Colleen Mills
- Airplanes of This Time and Space, by Jacquelyn Schneller
- Croatoan, by Jennifer van Alstyne
- Carapace, by Jessica Hagemann
- Postcards From Here, by Penny Guisinger
By the end of April, we will announce the Semi-Finalists: our top three choices.
Each of the manuscripts that made the list of Quarter-Finalists will be re-evaluated by five members of our staff (Jessica, Amie, Kristen, Krystal & Theresa), plus the guest judge, Dan Holloway. Each judge will then vote on the manuscripts in order of preference.
With six 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 be our Semi-Finalists.
Each Semi-Finalist will be contacted for their postal address and mailed an award certificate at the end of the entire judging period. Their manuscripts will also be considered for publication through Vine Leaves Press.
The Grand Finalist will be announced no later than June 1, but most likely much earlier.
Jessica Bell, the Publishing Editor of the journal, and founder/owner of Vine Leaves Press, will re-evaluate the three Semi-Finalists, with the assistance of the guest judge, Dan Holloway, and decide on the manuscript which will receive the Grand Prize.
The Grand Finalist will be mailed an award certificate and awarded $500 + Publication in early 2015 by Vine Leaves Press + 20 copies (more details HERE).
We'd like to thank all who submitted their manuscripts to the award. The standard of writing is spectacular and we are pleased to announce that we will be running this award annually. Submissions for the 2015 vignette collection award will open on June 1, 2014.
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.