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 (2012)
First Prize: Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew of Minneapolis, MN for "Praying in Place"
Second Prize: Nancy Penrose of Seattle, WA for "Pilgrim Feet"
Third Prize: Rachel Hurwitz of Berkeley, CA for "Bread of Life"
Honorable Mentions: Cindy McCalmont of San Jose, CA for "Peniel"; Christopher Malcomb of Berkeley, CA for "The Third Jewel"; William Locke Hauser of Reston, VA for "Accumulated Epiphanies"; Marylin Warner of Colorado Springs, CO for "The Phone Call"