Amended list of Contest Entries

Mr. President, Yes, this man really does some fine things to advance the cause of equality for all Americans.

Please vote by Friday afternoon


Below is the complete lit of all contest entries.  Please choose one and send your choice to   Only those who entered the contest are eligible to vote, and you are free to vote for yourselves.

Your decision should be based on the same criteria that Pulitzer Prize winner Jonathan Freedman will use to select the winner from a list of three finalists I will send him: Vote for the entry that in your opinion most poignantly evokes our painful past (or present) but inspires us to a more hopeful future, reminding us that we have more in common than our pain. Clarity and use of language are important characteristics to consider, as well as reverence for humanity.

This vote is to determine finalists.  Jon Tobias and Sarah Akhtar are already finalists by default (see previous posts) so voting for either of them is a wasted vote.  The top three vote-getters plus Jon and Sarah will be given a new prompt Saturday morning left-pond time, and have three days to submit their entry.  I will chose the best three based on my own tastses and prejudices, but I will tell you that creative and persuasive use of language always figures in to my thinking. Jonathan will then determine our winner and provide authoritative commentary that carries the weight of a Pulitzer Prize winner, whose award was given for addressing the xenophobia that still contaminates the air we breathe.  Entering this contest, sharing your stories and insights, is about the most noble thing you can do to be part of the solution.

Here are the contestants with links to their stories:

The Drinking Fountain Entries

Untitled contest opener                         Claudia Barillas

My Great Grandmother                         Karen Worstell

Untitled entry #11                                 Kristina Tsatsakos

Racism DOA                                         Baruch Howard

The Open Gate                                      Sal Buttacci

Salute                                                     Laura Elizabeth

The Last Time                                       Sarah Akhtar

Stonework                                              Shawna Smart

Lessons from Virginia                            Leslie Clark

Stages of Attention                                 Martin David

Pearls                                                      Tiffany Vakilian

Just shut up and smile                             Sunny Reed

Blackout                                                  Mischa Blank

Either or Neither Noir                             Jeff Swit

Just for a Moment                                   Miryam Meiers (Howard)

Untitled Entry #1                                    Claudia Barillas

The Drinking Fountain                           Grant Lawrence

Whose Skin is that?                                Katalyn Keim

Black Poem                                            Sheri Strobaugh

The Superior Race                                  Jan Kalish

Race Story                                              Jennifer Redmond

Untitled entry #28                                  Julie Dunaway

Little Hell                                                Michael Dilts

No Negroes Allowed                               Katalyn Keim

Let Freedom Sting                                   Kyle Katz

The Angel of Bread                                 Jon Tobias

An Equality Certain                                 FJ Dagg

Miss, why are all the girls grey?              Anna Munter

A Sharper Color                                       Kristine Grant

The Divided Emancipation of America   Pafia Marigold

 Broken Glass still under my Skin           Sarah Akhtar

Betty Davis Eyes                                     Miryam Meiers (Howard)

The Land of Oz                                        Michael Stang

The Test                                                   Riley Sampson

The Crucible                                            Shawna Smart

Tzschia’s Summer Vacation on Earth     Pafia Marigold

Don’t nobody get off the Sidewalk         Baruch Howard(Brian)

November Blues                                      Kristy Webster

Black like her                                          Briana Beaver

The Color Line                                         Kyle Katz

Privileged (ineligible for the contest)      His Moiness-in-Chief

Segregations                                            Martin David





  1. Laura says:

    Thorn, a few links lead to stories that are not by the author listed. Shawna Smart’s “Stonework” link goes to Grant’s poem. Both of Baruch’s links go to the same story rather than each of his 2 stories..Just FYI in case people want to read all of them.

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