TIFERET 2019 Writing Contest Results

TIFERET is pleased to announce the 2019 Writing Contest Finalists!

Thank you to all who entered, and to our editors and judges for reading and selecting submissions.



  • Transfiguration by Beth Walker
  • The Deep Limitless Air by Mary Allen
  • Turning Our Backs to Apps: The New Work of Gay Liberation by Benjamin Bagocius
  • In Search of Lost Judaism by Sharon Separ
  • Gods for Other Lives by Laura Marshall
  • Listening in Tongues by John Backman
  • Anonymous Together by Michael Hahn
  • In the Lake, Before Dark by Joshua Bernstein
  • “What Dying Doesn’t Look Like” by Joanna Laufer


  • A Scavenging Song by Sam Illingsworth
  • Attention Deficit by Laura Wisniewski
  • Outside Grenoble by Jennifer Barber
  • Ubi Caritas by Mary P. Curtis
  • Grateful by Lois Roma-Deeley
  • Red Currents by Mary Ames
  • Dust by Kathleen O’Toole
  • Six Ways of Looking upon Buddha Nature by Beth Walker
  • Come out of the House by William O’Daly


  • Peace Criminals Don’t Do Time by Craig Kenworthy
  • The Kind You Can Ride by Eric Reitan
  • The Yo-Yo Man by Robert Sachs
  • Living Kaddish by Sarah Rubin
  • In the Night Kitchen by Julie Marie Wade
  • A Rose among the Thorns by Merav Fima
  • Living the Gospel Message by Angela D’Agostino
  • What’s Left by Mary Grimm
  • Prayer 2.0 by Seth Freeman

The winner in each category will receive a check for $500 and be published in a future issue of TIFERET! Winners to be announced this fall.



Lisa Romeo is the author of the memoir Starting with Goodbye (University of Nevada Press, 2018). Her work is listed in Best American Essays 2018 and 2016, and has appeared in the New York Times, Longreads, Under the Sun, Brevity, Hippocampus, Harpur Palate, and other places. She teaches with Bay Path University MFA, The Writers Circle, at conferences and literary events. Lisa is an essays editor for Cleaver Magazine and was creative nonfiction editor for Compose.


A Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Poet in the Schools, Charles H. Johnsonwas a second-place winner of the 2013 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Awards for his poem “Sunday Comics” and won the 2011 New Jersey Poets Prize for his poem “Leaving.” He received the 2010 Paterson Poetry Prize for Literary Excellence for his third book “Smoke Signals.” He is a high school poetry instructor for the N.J. Arts & Education Center, a visiting poet for the Paterson, N.J., school system and a poetry judge for the New Jersey Teen Arts Festival. His website is www.charleshjohnsonpoet.net


Susan Tepper is the author of seven published books of fiction and poetry. Her stories, poems, interviews and essays appear in journals and zines worldwide. Honors and awards include the Zoetrope shortlist for a Novel (2006), Second Place Winner in The Million Writers Award, Best Story of 17 Years of Vestal Review (2017), eighteen Pushcart Prize Nominations, and a Pulitzer Prize Nomination for the Novel. Her latest book WHAT DRIVES MEN is forthcoming from Wilderness House Press.