Congratulations, Summer Contest Winners!

by Barbara Westwood Diehl

Congratulations to the winners of our summer contest!

The theme for our contest was "Crime," and I think you'll find the theme used in fresh ways by our contest winners, as well as a number of other contributors to this issue. You'll meet quite a range of characters set precariously on the perpetrator to law-abiding citizen continuum. We all fall somewhere on that thin gray line. Don't we?

Thanks to all the writers who shared their fine writing with us--and their dark humor, sorrow, anger, guilt, and pain, as well as moments of great awareness, empathy, and acceptance. We had difficult decisions to make, and our final judge, Sujata Massey, praised the heartfelt emotion and hard work in the finalists' work.

The winners:

Jane Rose Porter, for "It's Clean" - First Place

Sarah Giragosian, for "Family History" - Second Place

Adam Carpenter, for "#ponytailforjail" - Third Place


The editors of The Baltimore Review hope that you enjoy the winners' work, and all the poems, short stories, and creative nonfiction work in the summer issue.

Thanks to all the writers who shared their work with us, for making us understand the world a little better, and for showing us your big hearts.