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CRAFT Amelia Gray 2K Contest 2022

2022 CRAFT Amelia Gray 2K Contest

$3,600 Awarded

Thank you to all who sent work to the 2022 Amelia Gray 2K Contest, Guest Judge Amelia Gray! We’re delighted to publish the winning pieces in April 2023. Congratulations to all the winners, editors’ choice selections, finalists, longlisters, and honorable mentions!


Sudha Balagopal: “Flapping Wings and a Shoeless Walk”
Katharine Duckett: “Birds x Bees”
Amy Grote: “Penny, Barbara, Ruth, Irene”

Editors’ Choice Selections

Gabriela Lee: “House of Cicadas”
KC Trommer: “(up to now separately)”
Nathan Xie: “When You Visit Manhattan on Saturday and Your Boyfriend Who Lives in Queens Says He Can’t Come”


CB Anderson: “Her Own Heart Within Her”
Vrinda Baliga: “Shadow Art”
Dina Guidubaldi: “Green, Red”
Tamar Jacobs: “School of Circus Arts”
Kaleena Madruga: “Depression Session”
Samantha Mann: “It Would Have Been Enough”
Robert John Miller: “Foreclosure”
Zainab Omaki: “A Place of Dreams”
Elizabeth Palmerton: “No Man Taketh”

The Rest of the Longlist

Abbie Barker: “Aftermath”
Bree Barton: “Unmade”
Alexandra Blogier: “Migration”
Morrow Dowdle: “How to Leave”
Gabriela Gorgas: “Sisters”
Shirley Harshenin: “Fault Lines”
Myrth Killingsworth: “How Like a Body”
Emily Kramer: “a strange kind of love letter”
Paul Marasa: “Pershing’s Man”
Sara McKinney: “The Children”
Keri Miller: “Movie Night”
Jamie Nielsen: “Survival, in two parts”
Meghan E. O’Toole: “Stripe!”
Alan Sincic: “The Reckoning”
Jill Smith: “Show Home”

Honorable Mentions

Katie Baker: “The Bridge Keeper”
Antoinette Bekker: “Fed-Up”
Nathan Blum: “An Antique Furniture Store in Hudson, New York”
Kate Ryan Brewer: “The Ladies of the Lake”
Jeff Goll: “Last Week in Lucky Town”
Sativa January: “Evacuation Inventory”
Annie Liontas: “At the last minute on the last night of your life,”
Mimi Manyin: “The Visitor”
Dhyanna Raffi-David: “Passing”
Nina Shope: “Pastoral”


AMELIA GRAY is the author of five books, most recently Isadora (FSG). Her fiction and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tin House, and VICE. She is a winner of the NYPL Young Lion and of FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize, and a finalist for a WGA Award and the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. As a screenwriter, she has written for the shows Maniac (Netflix), Mr. Robot (USA), and Gaslit (Starz), as well as the games Telling Lies (Annapurna Interactive) and Immortality (Half Mermaid). She lives in Los Angeles.


Founded in 2006, ROSE METAL PRESS is a not-for-profit publisher specializing in the publication of literary work in hybrid genres, including flash fiction and nonfiction; prose poetry; novels-in-verse or book-length linked narrative poems; novellas-in-flash; lyric essays; text and image works; and other literary works that move beyond the traditional genres of poetry, fiction, and essay to find new forms of expression.