The Delmarva Review Announces Short Story Prize Winners

Yesterday, The Delmarva Review announced the winners of the 2011 Delmarva Review Short Story Prize:

  • First Place: Iain Baird, Annapolis: “The Flight”
  • Second Place: Hildie Block, Arlington, Virginia: “People”
  • Third Place: Caryn Coyle, Baltimore: “Insignificance”
  • Honorable Mention: Ellen Wise, Galena: “Bridgeville”

Baird will receive a cash prize of $500 and his story will be published in the 2012 edition of The Delmarva Review. Block will receive a $200 prize and Coyle’s prize is $100.

The contest was judged by author and National Endowment for the Arts fellow Barbara Esstman, who said, “The winning stories distinguished themselves by their tight structure, precise language, textured scenes, and accurate description of some aspect of the human condition. They show pivotal moments in their protagonists’ lives with such great clarity that I could share in the characters’ epiphanies.”

Ian Baird is a memoirist and writer of short fiction and creative nonfiction. Twice a Pushcart nominee, his stories have been published in Seven Hills Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Timber Creek Review, and Oracle, among others. A memoir, Two Storms, was published in 2010.

Hildie Block has published over 50 short stories, and her book Not What I Expected was published in 2007. She has taught creative writing workshops in the Washington, DC, area since 1996.

Caryn Coyle writes about arts, culture, and food for the websites CBS Baltimore and Welcome to Baltimore, Hon. Her fiction has been published in Gargoyle, Little Patuxent Review, Loch Raven Review, Midway Journal, The Santa Fe Journal, and City Sages: Baltimore (2010).

Ellen Wise is the recipient of a 2011 Maryland Individual Artist Award and was a semifinalist for the Pablo Neruda Prize, and she was named a Mid-Atlantic Creative Fellow in poetry. Her work has appeared in numerous journals.

The first Delmarva Review Short Story Prize, to encourage the writing of new literary fiction, was made possible by an anonymous contribution matched by the Eastern Shore Writers Association. Printed copies and subscriptions can be ordered on the Review’s website. A digital edition is also available on

The submission period for the 2012 issue is open to all writers until February 28; submission guidelines are available on the website at the link above. For more information, contact Wilson Wyatt at or (443) 786-4536.


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