The Final Super-Shortlist: The Totally Free Best of the Bottom Drawer Global Writing Prize 2020

January 13, 2021

The Final Super-Shortlist: The Totally Free Best of the Bottom Drawer Global Writing Prize 2020

Update: With such excellent entries submitted to this prize, we caved and made a long-shortlist in December as we were excited to let you all know about many of the creative and articulate authors we had come across! With some tough decision-making we are now happy to announce that the final super-shortlist eight have been selected in our Totally Free Best Of The Bottom Drawer Global Writing Prize 2020! The WINNER will be announced next 

Here they are:

Fatima Elrify, If it is any constellation (poetry) 

Fatima Elrify is a 34 year old Egyptian woman born and raised in North London. She is a mechanical engineer by profession. At the age of 20 years old, she found herself in an abusive marriage that had a detrimental impact on her life at the time. This book has been birthed from her experience of divorce and the process of healing through poetry. The aim of the book is to provide hope to the heartbroken and to point out that we are all surrounded by love in the sky, the sea, the night, the moon, the stars, the flowers and within ourselves. The collection represents women as a star, a candle  in the sky that lights up the night.


Diego Gerard, Myth of Pterygium (fiction)

Diego Gerard is a writer, editor and translator. He is the cofounding editor of diSONARE. His fiction, translations, interviews and other writings have appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, The River Rail, Terremoto, Boiler House Press, Antifaz, and Shifter among others. His book Waiting for More than One (John of the Thing Press, 2021) is forthcoming. He lives in Mexico City.   

Hayden Hart, Theocrat (fiction)

Hayden Hart is 22 years old and lives in Macon Georgia. He is studying Communications, Creative Writing, and English at Mercer University. His work has appeared in Literary Yard, and he was a finalist in the 2020 Agnes Scott creative writing competition. Theocrat is his first attempt at long fiction.

Peter Johnson, White Cloud Free (fiction)

Peter Johnson grew up in Colorado, Wisconsin, and Alabama. He studied English and philosophy at New York University, which somehow qualified him to serve in Peace Corps Paraguay, where he taught beekeeping to rural subsistence farmers. After the Peace Corps, Peter moved to Senegal to work at an orphanage and compete on the amateur beach wrestling circuit. He has worked for a variety of nonprofit organizations and now works for a homeless shelter in Naples, Florida. His writing has appeared in literary journals including Dappled ThingsSeven Hills Review, and Rock & Sling and in a feature-length essay in the April 2017 issue of Christianity Today. He lives in Southwest Florida. 

Nazia Kamali, Shades of Time (fiction)

Nazia is a reader, writer, and teacher who regularly volunteers with organisations that work for Women Empowerment. Born and raised in a small town of Dehradun on the foothills of the Himalayas Nazia is an ardent admirer of birds and trees. She has written for local news journal Harbinger India for several years. Her writings have appeared online on Indus Women Writings and The Whorticulturalist as well as in anthologies by Cape Comorin Publishers, Other Worldy Women Press and PCC Inscape.

Zachary Kluckman, Rearview Funhouse (poetry)

 Zachary Kluckman, the National Poetry Awards 2015-2016 Slam Organizer of the Year and 2014 Slam Artist of the Year, is a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Gold Medal Poetry Teacher, Red Mountain Press National Poetry Prize recipient and a founding organizer of the 100 Thousand Poets for Change program, now recognized as the largest poetry reading in history. Kluckman has appeared multiple times at the National and Individual World Poetry slams and tours the nation as a spoken word artist. Recently he was one of 3 poets invited to represent the United States at the Kistrech International Poetry Festival in Kenya. Kluckman is the Slam Manager and founder of MindWell Poetry in Albuquerque, New Mexico and has authored two poetry collections, “The Animals in Our Flesh” and “Some of It is Muscle”.  

Jessica Murray, Singing Without Melody (poetry)

Jessica Murray lives in Austin, Texas, where she works as an educational media producer. Poems from her manuscript have been published in journals such as Birmingham Poetry Review, The Boiler, Cherry Tree, Construction Literary Magazine, Free State Review, and Memorious. You can read her poetry manifesto, A Nobody Manifesto, here.

Beatriz Seeleander, All According To Norm (fiction)

Beatriz Seelaender was born in 1998 in São Paulo, Brazil. She's had essays published by websites such as The Collapsar and The Manifest-Station, and her short stories can be found in Psychopomp Lit Mag, The Gateway Review and others. Her story "A Kidney Caught in Quicksand", published by Grub Street in 2017, earned recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in the categories of experimental fiction and humour writing. In 2019, Seelaender won Hidden River Arts' Sandy Run Novella Award. 


Stay tuned for the announcement of the winner very soon!

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