Tilia Klebenov Jacobs Religious Essay Prize
1st Prize: $100.... 2nd Prize: $50.... Third Prize:.... $25
Up to 3,000 words, double-spaced. No preaching, no proselytizing, no explaining why your religion is right and everyone else's is wrong. Yes to thoughtful writing about any of the following: religion in everyday life; approachable explications of religious texts; stories that fill in the gaps in Biblical narratives. To quote the Supreme Court: "Religion is the conduit of culture." It's part of how we breathe, whether we embrace or reject it.
TILIA KLEBENOV JACOBS (Framingham, MA) has a BA in Religion and English from Oberlin College, A Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, and a secondary-school teaching certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Writing is Tilia's passion, and she has won numerous awards for both fiction and nonfiction. Her work has appeared in The Jewish Magazine as well as the anthologies Phoenix Rising: Collected Papers on Harry Potter and The Chalk Circle, a collection of intercultural essays. Tilia is a member of Grub Street, Boston's premier writing center. She has taught in middle school, high school, and college; at present she teaches writing in two prisons in Massachusetts.
LAST YEAR'S WINNERS (2013)
First Prize: Theresa Bertz of Northboro, MA for "Seven Vestigial Sacraments and a Quest"
Second Prize: Sufiya Abdur-Rahman of Beltsville, MD for "Life Stages of a Second-Generation African-American Muslim"
Third Prize Helen Marie Casey of Sudbury, MA for "The Gargoyle, the Angel, and Joan"
Honorable Mentions: Andy Douglas of Iowa City, IA for "The Desires that Touch the Heart of God”; Sufiya Abdur-Rahman of Beltsville, MD for "The Opening"; Theresa Harbin Lebeiko of San Carlos, CA for "Moments of Light”; Ellen Woods of Berkeley, CA for "Defenseless"