“The narrator of Sarapiqui, myself, is a wife and mother who is exposed to difficulties that confront her core beliefs. Sarapiqui, takes place about forty years ago in a primitive corner of Costa Rica. The events are true, names have been changed and time is compressed. It is a story of a marriage in its final stages, in a locale which is both beautiful and unforgiving. I have been a finalist for Vermont College of Fine Arts’ Katherine Paterson prize for children’s writing, and I have written nonfiction for newspaper columns, The Mindfulness Bell magazine and some years ago, The Woman’s Compendium. Otherwise, I am fairly new in the effort to be published in a literary journal, but delighted to find The James Baldwin Literary Prize which I believe encompasses the intent of this creative nonfiction story, an excerpt from Recuerdos, a memoir.”
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Flash Fiction Contest
On May 1st, we announced the winners of our Flash Fiction Contest: Thomas Garcia (1st), Rick Krizman (2nd), and Rios de la Luz (3rd). Read more.
The James Baldwin Literature Prize
It is with great pleasure that we announce the winner of The James Baldwin Literature Prize of $1,000 to Hafsa Musa. Read more.