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Judged by Roxane Gay

We’re over-the-moon to announce the winner of our second-ever Literary Death Match 250-Word Bookmark Contest judged by Roxane Gay (LDM Chicago, Ep. 7 champion): She Is Singing by Eleanor Lane! Eleanor will receive $1,000. The two runners-up (runner-ups?) receive $100, each. (It's runners-up, by the way.) All finalists will be invited to read at LDM events near where they live.

WINNER ($1,000):
She Is Singing by Eleanor Lane

1st Runner-Up ($100):
The Right Cut by Samantha Burns

2nd Runner-Up ($100):
Shackled by Renée Thompson

2 and 5 by Andy Bennett
Play Ground by Vincent Granata
Night Vision by Katie Flynn
Gratitude by D.E. Hardy
Yellow Tail by Frances Lefkowitz
Rhea The Vestal Virgin and Her One-Night Fling by Jeanne Lutz
Unt Not Invent System by Jessy Randall
Mothlight by Kate Simonian
To the Comedian who Called Thelma and Louise Two White Heifers by Sarah Sousa
Gun Right by Seth Tucker
Folded Paper by Allison Williams
Big Sky by KK Wootton

History of Plagiarism by Jason Whitmarsh
The Ecstasy of Me by Jessica Love
Cat by Angela Rebrec
Drawing the Closed Mouth by Christine Butterworth-McDermott
His Right Hand by Erin Vincent
At Dawn by Jacob Goldberg
Las Vegas Vic by Shannon Kernaghan
Male Punching Bag by Valerie Maloof
Adam's Apple by Katherine Lieban
The Old Red Dog by Robert McBrearty
A Woman Is No Other Thing by Jessica Campbell
Santita by Margarita Rosa
One Yellow. One Blue. by Maggie Lily

Publication: March, 2018

The Judge: Roxane Gay is the author of the books AyitiAn Untamed State, and New York Times bestsellers Bad FeministDifficult Women and Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel. Her writing appears in Best American Mystery Stories 2014, Best American Short Stories 2012, Best Sex Writing 2012, McSweeney’s, Tin House and so many others. She is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times.