Joyce Madelon Winslow

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Joyce Winslow is an award-winning prose writer and poet living in Washington, DC since 1989. A graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A., English Literature) and The American University, Washington, DC in 1990 (M.A., International Marketing and Information Systems), she has published in The Best American Short Story collection and won second place in the Allen Ginsberg Poetry Competition. A journalist and PR professional ( she has published and won national awards for a dozen short stories. A poem titled “On The Other Side Of The Poem) won Virginia’s Moving Words competition and was featured on billboards on DC and Arlington, VA buses and metro cars. Winslow has taught creative writing and travel writing (she served as Travel Editor of Redbook and Mademoiselle magazines) at several universities and at the DC Writers’ Center. She has served on the Board of Directors for the MA in Communication at Fairleigh Dickinson University, and as Associate Professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh. For two years she was Senior Editor of AARP’s Modern Maturity magazine and launched and edited its first fiction issue, the only venue in America expressly dedicated to fiction written by and for people over 50. Her list of awards follows:


2010, Poem “THE”-- second place in the annual Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards, The Poetry Center at Passaic County Community College, Paterson, NJ, and publication in a hardcover book of distinguished poets in the Paterson Literary Review, Issue #40; Garrett Hongo, Galway Kinnell, Maxine Kumin, Marge Piercy, Gerald Stern, C.K. Williams, judges. (2700 entries.)

2009, Poem “On the Other Side of the Poem,” published on posters placed in buses and metro cars by Moving Words, the Arlington Virginia Council on the Arts (top 6 of 400 submissions).

July 2009, “Made in Puerto Rico,” short story included in Gravity Dancers, an anthology of fiction by women writers in Washington, DC, edited by Richard Peabody.

October 2009, Reading of my fiction at Marymount College, VA.

July 2009, Short Story in Gravity’s Dancers and reading of my fiction at Politics and Prose Bookstore

Spring 2008, Teacher of Poetry in Nature and as Reflections of an Art Installation at the Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA

2004, Poetry Award, Millennium Magazine, Univ. of Tennessee, Nashville.

2004, First Place, Fiction, “From A Distance It Is Easy To See,” The National Press Club, Washington DC

2002, DC Commission on the Arts Individual Fellowship, Fiction.

2001,Third Place, Larry Neal Adult Fiction Awards, DC Commission on the Arts.

2001, Judge, Larry Neal Poetry Awards for children and youth, DC Commission on the Arts.

2000, “The Meaning of Love,” short story published in Potomac Review, issue 29, Winter, Port Tobacco, MD.

1999,Third Place, Fiction, The National Press Club Fiction Awards for “Nino’s Motel, Divorcees Welcome.” Award presented by William Safire of The New York Times on the dais.

1998, Panelist, Literature, DC Commission on the Arts. Awarded Individual Fellowship Grants to fiction and nonfiction writers in the District of Columbia in its annual competition.

1997, Fiction Editor, Modern Maturity magazine, AARP, Washington DC. Created, selected, edited the nation's first original short stories by and for people over 50. This work generated the largest reader response in the magazine's history.

1997, "Born Again," published in Worlds in our Words, Contemporary Women Writers, ed. by Kallet and Clark, Blair Press, Prentice Hall.

1996, Third Place, Fiction, Larry Neal Writing Awards, DC Commission on the Arts, Washington, DC

1995, Short Story nominated for Pushcart Prize.

1994, Phoebe Fiction Prize, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, and publication in Phoebe Literary Magazine, (300 entries). Judge: Richard Ford, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. “Made in Puerto Rico.”

1993, First Place, Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Humboldt State Univ., Arcata, CA, and publication in TOYON, their literary journal, (918 entries). Judge: Deena Metzger. “Born Again.”

1993, First Place, National Press Club Short Story Contest, Washington, DC (100 entries). Award presented by Stephen King and broadcast on PBS, NPR, CNN. Judge: Madison Smartt Bell.

1993, Third Place, River City Third Annual Writing Awards in Fiction, and publication in River City, the literary magazine of Memphis State University, TN. (546 entries). Judge: Carolyn See.

1993, Finalist, H. E. Francis Literary Competition, Ruth Hindeman Foundation, Univ, of Alabama, Huntsville, AL (top 12 of 900 entries).

1993, Finalist, Alden B. Dow Creativity Awards, Alden B. Dow Foundation, Midland MI, (top 10 of 420 entries).

1992, Finalist, The Writers Voice Awards, sponsored by the West Side YMCA, NYC, (top four of 1000).

1987, "The Face in the Egg," included in New Virginia Review, Vol. 5, edited by David Bradley, New Virginia Review, Inc., Richmond, VA.

1986, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship, Literature.

1984, P.E.N./N.E.A. Syndicated Fiction Project, "Spring and Mock Chop Suey" printed in newspapers across the country.

1978, National Endowment for the Arts Grant, Literature.

1975, "Benjamen Burning" in Creative Choices, A Spectrum of Quality and Technique in Fiction," ed. by David Madden, Scott-Foresman and Co.

1975, "Benjamen Burning" included in Heaven and Hell, Patterns in Literary Art, a college textbook edited by Joan D. Berbrich, McGraw-Hill, NYC.

1969, "Benjamen Burning" included in Best American Short Stories, 1969, edited by Martha Foley, Houghton-Mifflin, Boston.

1968, "Benjamen Burning" included in Intro # 1, Bantam Books, edited by R.V. Cassill, NYC.

1968, First Place, Major Fiction, Avery Hopwood Award, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI

Written by Joyce Winslow August 2014

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