Claudia Ann Seaman

Award-Winning Submissions

Volume 15 | 2019-2020


Judge:  Faisal Mohyuddin








Judge:  Juan Martinez







Creative Nonfiction

Judge:  Paula Carter








tết, Lydia Wei

Richard Montgomery High School, North Potomac, Maryland

Homecoming, Lilliana Resnikk

Urbana School, Ijamsville, Maryland


ornithology, Isabella Cho

North Shore Country Day School, Winnetka, Illinois

Here, Linda Zhang

Horace Greeley High School, Westchester, New York

Red Mouth, Katie Huffman

Campbell High School, Marietta, Georgia


Stuck in Song, Chloe Kerr-Stein

Lowell High School, San Francisco, California

Harvest Plums, Cheryl Chen

Stevenson HS, Lake Forest, Illinois

Disappearing Act, Andrea So

Phillip's Exeter Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire 


One Veined Link, Natalie Mercedes Rodriguez

Riverdale Country School, New York, New York

Claudia Ann Seaman Awards Judges


Faisal Mohyuddin, Poetry

Faisal Mohyuddin is the author of the full-length poetry collection The Displaced Children of Displaced Children (Eyewear Publishing, 2018) and the chapbook The Riddle of  Longing (Backbone Press, 2017). His work has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award, the Edward Stanley Award from Prairie Schooner, a Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize, the Sexton Prize, and commendations from the Poetry Book Society, the Forward Arts Foundation, and the Association for Asian American Studies. An educator adviser to the global not-for-profit Narrative 4, Faisal teaches English at Highland Park High School in the north suburbs of Chicago. Learn more at


Juan Martinez, Fiction

Juan Martinez is the author of Best Worst American. He lives in Chicago and is an assistant professor at Northwestern University. His work has appeared in many literary journals and anthologies, including Glimmer Train, McSweeney's, Huizache, Ecotone, NPR's Selected Shorts, Mississippi Review and elsewhere, and is forthcoming in Shenandoah. Say hi at


Paula Carter, Creative Nonfiction

Paula Carter is the author of the flash memoir No Relation. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and Creative Nonfiction. She holds an M.F.A. from Indiana University, is a Ragdale alum, and teaches creative nonfiction at Northwestern University.