Rita Banerjee Selects Winner of Spider Road Press Flash Fiction Prize

Rita Banerjee has selected the winner of the 2019 Spider Road Press’s Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize!

Congratulations to Melissa Huckabay, winner of the 2019 Spider’s Web Flash Fiction Prize for her moving, well-crafted piece, “The Playground!” Melissa is a Houston-area teacher, poet, fiction writer and playwright. Her poetry has been featured in Remembered Arts Journal and The Inkling, and her short plays have appeared on several stages in Houston. A University of Texas at Austin honors graduate, Melissa has taught high-school and middle-school English and also worked as a writer in residence for Writers in the Schools. Before becoming a teacher, Melissa was an award-winning journalist and public-relations writer. When she’s not writing, Melissa is a mom, an actress and a musician who believes in the power of the arts to change the world. Look for her piece in the bonus section of the next SRP e-collection, coming in 2020.

SRP is also pleased to award honorable mentions to four writers of outstanding flash fiction pieces: Angélique Jamail, Renee Lake, Charissa Beukema, and Lucy Shapiro. Look for their stories on our website in the coming months.

We thank all of the talented writers from the US, Canada, and the UK who entered this year!

Entries for the are now open and writers can find out more about the prize here.

Minerva Rising “Dare to Speak” Contest Winning Chapbook Debuts

In 2017, Rita Banerjee served as the contest judge for Minerva Rising’s “Dare to Speak” Poetry Chapbook competition.  She selected Rebecca Connors‘s chapbook Split Map as the winner of the competition.  Split Map has been recently published by Minerva Rising in May 2019, and of the chapbook, Banerjee writes:

“Split Map is more than a collection of poems about coming-of-age, nostalgia, or childlike wonder, it is a journey through vulnerability into self-empowerment, and a story about how even in the most difficult of situations, female agency exists and reverberates, and how all women can dare to split maps, and thus, transform the world.”

— Rita Banerjee, author of Echo in Four Beats and CREDO, and Director, MFA in Writing & Publishing, Vermont College of Fine Arts

To order Rebecca Connors‘s Split Map, please visit Minerva Rising here.