2016 Writing Contest Results

TIFERET is pleased to announce the 2016 Writing Contest Winners! Thank you to all who entered.


Winner: “The Pity of It” by Hilde Weisert
Honorable Mention: “Old Friend” by Dave Seter
Honorable Mention: “What World” by Emily Vogel



Winner: David Oates: “St. Eustache”
Honorable Mention: Robert Manaster “To plea and not to plea”
Honorable Mention: Thomas Larson “The Spiritual Selfie”


Fiction Finalists

Winner: Joseph Ponepinto “Those Who Trespass Against Us.”
Honorable Mention: David J. Kaplan “Bitter Creek.” I
Honorable Mention: Tammy Delatorre “The Peacock Thief.”

2016 Judges

Poetry: Leslie McGrath

Leslie McGrath

Leslie McGrath is a poet and literary interviewer. She is the author of Opulent Hunger, Opulent Rage (2009), a poetry collection, and two chapbooks, Toward Anguish (2007) and By the Windpipe (2014). McGrath’s latest book is a satiric novella in verse, Out From the Pleiades (Jaded Ibis, 2014). McGrath’s poems have been published or are forthcoming in Agni, The Awl, The Common, Slate, and The Yale Review. She teaches creative writing and literature at Central Connecticut State University and is series editor of The Tenth Gate, a poetry imprint of The Word Works press.

Fiction: Ronna Wineberg

Ronna Wineberg

Ronna Wineberg is the author of On Bittersweet Place, her first novel, and a debut collection, Second Language, which won the New Rivers Press Many Voices Project Literary Competition, and was the runner-up for the 2006 Reform Judaism Prize for Jewish Fiction. A second collection of stories, Nine Facts That Can Change Your Life, will be published in 2016 by Serving House Books. Her stories have appeared in American Way, Colorado Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, South Dakota Review and elsewhere, and been broadcast on National Public Radio. She is the recipient of a scholarship in fiction to the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and residencies to the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation. She has been awarded a fellowship in fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts. She is the founding fiction editor of the Bellevue Literary Review,and lives in New York.

Non-Fiction: Hune Margulies

Dr Hune MarguliesDr. Hune Margulies is the founder and director of the Martin Buber Institute for Dialogical Ecology. Dr. Margulies received his Ph.D from Columbia University in New York, an M.A. from Fordham University and a second M.A. from Hunter College. Dr. Margulies is a Professor at the State University of New York and a guest scholar at the university of Goa, India Dr. Margulies is a philosopher and a poet and has written extensively on Dialogical philosophy, religion and ethics. Many of Dr. Margulies’ essays can be found at martinbuberinstitute.dialogicalecology.org.