MWA is pleased to announce the prize winners for the 2011 Short Works Contest.

The Short Works Contest is an annual contest whose goal is to encourage and recognize outstanding writing in poetry, short fiction, and short non-fiction.

You can read about our 2011 Short Works Contest Judges.


First Prize

Allan Roy Andrews for “Elegy for a Newfoundland Cousin”

Second Prize

Allan Roy Andrews for “Boys Learning to Swim Naked”

Third Prize

Elisabeth Dahl for “Curve”

Many thanks to the poetry judges Doug Mowbray, Barbara Morrison, Shirley Brewer, and Cliff Lynn.


First Prize

E.C. Vojik for “The Life of My Father”

Second Prize

Nitin Jagdish for “The Venkatesh Suite”

Third Prize

Rosemary Mild for “Meet Wally the Wheelchair”

Many thanks to the nonfiction judges Lauren Davis, Marita Golden and Tom Horton.


First Prize

Gary McCann for “Calling His Bluff”

Second Prize

Iain S. Baird for “Salt”

Third Prize

Frank S. Joseph for “The Coming of the Flags”

Many thanks to the fiction judges Jen Michalski, Lalita Noronha and Eric Goodman.


  • First Prize in each category: $150, and free attendance at the Maryland Writers Conference in April 2011
  • Second Prize: $100
  • Third Prize: $75

Checks and certificates will be awarded at a writers' cocktail party after the 2011 Maryland Writers Conference on April 2.

MWA 2011 Short Works Contest Winners