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The 2022 Honeybee Prize Results!

2022 Honeybee Prize Results

June 30, 2022

Background Image: Malia Nahinu

Thank you again to everyone who participated in our 2nd annual contest. We’re grateful for all the writers who sent us work and recognize that our organization could not exist without their dedication, passion for writing, and their courage to share.

We also want to extend our gratitude to this year’s judges who were wonderful to work with:
Kwame Dawes ~ Poetry
Charlene A. Donaghy ~ Stage & Screen
Mary Kuryla ~ Fiction
Jessica Hendry Nelson
~ Nonfiction

The results for all genres are as follows…

Poetry Winners:
First Prize: For Those of Us Forced to Flee by Jane Muschenetz
Runner-up: dear sister, by Sequoia Maner

Other Finalists:

  • I return to you, mother by Liz Holland
  • In Memoriam for a Chronic Pain Sufferer by Gillian Freebody
  • (un)inhabited by Moni Brar
  • HOMO by C.W. Emerson

Stage and Screen Winners:
First Prize: Camp by Jennifer Downes
Runner-up:  Road Music by W. W. Webb

Other Finalists:

  • Willa Cather Would Not Approve by David-Matthew Barnes
  • Scenes From a Breakup by Don Faust
  • Prom Court by Michael Towers

Fiction Winners:
First Prize: Love, Dad by Alex Sese
Runner-up: The Children by Adeline Lovell

Other Finalists:

  • Waiting for Jim by David Margolis
  • To Dust You Shall Return by Katharine Bost
  • Seth From Poison Control by Kaylee Schofield

Nonfiction Winners:
Winner: Connect : Disconnect by Suzi Banks Baum
Runner-up: Where All My Sick Things Go by Liliana Rehorn

Other Finalists:

  • Assembly Line by Michael Cannistraci
  • Backwards and Blind by Helyn Trickey Bradley
  • Reinventing the Circle by Jill Littig

This year’s winner of our Editors Choice Award is Helyn Trickey Bradley for her nonfiction essay, Backwards and Blind.

Congratulations to all finalists and winners! Stay tuned… All the winning pieces will appear in our Summer issue, coming in July. We’re extremely excited to showcase this amazing work!!

~Shyla Shehan and The Good Life Review Team

poetry translations

Mirror: Madonna de la Playa By Clare Bercot Zwerling

Mirror: Madonna de la Playa | By Clare Bercot Zwerling

Excuse me Lady
I’ve interrupted the path to the sea
halted the progress of your
hesitant footfalls
the child awaits in the
shallows of the surf
eyes on you
on this sultry, sunlit
beautifully clear-skied
summer morning.

He doesn’t see
your meatless limbs
clothed head to toe in black
the clouded eyes
near toothless gape
he doesn’t notice the sadness and shame
he sees Madonna, Mother
looking to know that he is safe
and I’ve stepped in your path
if only for this moment.

Disculpe Señora
He interrumpido el camino hacia el mar
detuvo el progreso de sus
pisadas vacilantes
el hijo espera en la
orilla del oleaje
ojos en vos
en esta mañana de verano
clima bochornoso, soleada
cielos despejados.

El no ve
sus extremidades sin carne
cubierto de ropa negra de cabeza a pies
los ojos nublados
la boca casi desdentada
no nota la tristeza y la vergüenza
solo ve a su Madonna, Madre
buscando saber que el estára salvo
y yo me he interpuesto en su camino
aunque solo por este momento.

About the Author:

Clare M. Bercot Zwerling is a newer poet with nine poems published to date in glassworks, Halcyon Days, Night Waves Anthology 2019, Red Sky Anthology 2020, Coffin Bell Journal, Horror Before it Was Cool, Gyroscope Review, The Purpled Nail and Odes and Elegies: Eco-Poetry from the Texas Gulf Coast. Her forthcoming poetry publications include The Oakland Review, Poetry South and Erosion Anthology 2021.  A retired CPA and transplant from Deep South Texas, Clare resides in Northern California and is a member of the Writers of the Mendocino Coast.