Claudia Ann Seaman

Award-Winning Submissions

Volume 16 | 2020-2021

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Judge:  Tara Betts








Judge:  Michael Zapata







Creative Nonfiction

Judge:  Jonathan Eig










Of aching knots, Rachel Brooks

Christian Heritage School, Trumbull, Connecticut

Swollen Mouths, Sarah Fathima Mohammed

The Harker School, San Jose, California


computer, Caroline Dinh

Richard Montgomery High School, Rockville, Maryland


What the Seagull Saw at Night, Abby Lu

Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Connecticut

Mother's Doll, Benjamin Choi

The Potomac School, McLean, Virginia


Newspaper Planes, Jonathan Truong

Orange County School of the Arts, San Clemente, California

Bury Me With All the Lights On, Ella A. Harrigan

Interlochen Arts Academy, Charlottesville, Virginia

Snapshot, Divya Merish

The Spence School, New York, New York 


Marhaban, Onassa Sun

Arcadia High School, Arcadia, California

How to Become a "Writer", Lara Katz

Pierrepont School, Westport, Connecticut

Claudia Ann Seaman Awards Judges


Tara Betts, Poetry

Tara Betts is the author of the poetry collections Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she's taught at several universities, including Rutgers University and University of Illinois-Chicago. She also taught poetry workshops at Stateville Prison via Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. Aside from coediting several anthologies, Tara is Poetry Editor at The Langston Hughes Review and the Lit Editor at Newcity.


Michael Zapata, Fiction

Michael Zapata is a founding editor of MAKE Literary Magazine and the author of the acclaimed novel The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, winner of the 2020 Chicago Review of Books Award for Fiction, finalist for the 2020 Heartland Booksellers Award in Fiction, and a Best Book of the Year for NPR, the A.V. Club, and BookPage, among others. He is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for Fiction and the City of Chicago DCASE Individual Artist Program Award. He is on the core faulty of StoryStudio Chicago and the MFA faculty of Northwestern University. As a public-school educator, he taught literature and writing in high schools servicing drop out students. He currently lives in Chicago with his family.


Johnathan Eig, Creative Nonfiction

Eig is the author of five books, three of them New York Times bestsellers. He was born in Brooklyn and graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. Eig is a former staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, where he remains a contributing writer. Eig has also written for The New York Times, The New Yorker and The Washington Post, among others.  Eig's books have been published in 13 languages. His first book, Luckiest Man: The Life and Death of Lou Gehrig, won the Casey Award for best baseball book of the year. Ali: A Life was named winner of PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sportswriting and best book of the year by Sports Illustrated.