TIFERET 2018 Writing Contest Results

TIFERET is pleased to announce the 2018 Writing Contest Winners and Finalists!

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



Winner: What’s in a Name by Ricky Rapoport Friesem

Honorable Mention: Some Things Were True by Anna Redsand

Honorable Mention: On the Path of Totality by Monica Mische


  • Finding Temporary Refuge in Islam by Ilona Fried
  • Creative Collisions—Poetry as a Transformative Act by William O’Daly
  • Waiting with Dad by Terri Sherrill
  • Stones Sipping Air by Sandell Morse
  • Walking the Whippet by Jacqueline Sheehan
  • Death, Life and Me by Thelma Zirkelbach


Winner: Visitation by Julia Levine

Honorable Mention: How Did I Love Him by Susan Rich

Honorable Mention: Ancestry by Alfred LaMotte


  • Aphelion by Denise Rue
  • Greetings by Greg Rappleye
  • The Wall by Paul Genega
  • The Jhelum River by Farhana Qazi
  • Prayer Asking for Mercy by Tom C. Hunley
  • New and Bitter Flowers by Joel Peckham, Jr.
  • Diagnosis by Meg Lindsay


Winner: Follow, Follow, Follow by Basmah Sakrani

Honorable Mention: Nelly by Jeremy Schnotala

Honorable Mention: Like the Angels You Told Me About by Darlene Cah


  • Hannah Arendt and the Terrible Had Gadya Machine by Michael Cooper
  • Waves of Sound by Orna Hatzor
  • Plumpy Nut by Susan Moffson
  • What We Own by Jen Knox
  • Bomb Scare by Elizabeth Crowell
  • Gleening by Evelyn Sharenov



Sabeeha Rehman is the author of the memoir, listed as Top 10 Religion and Spirituality Books 2016, by Booklist, Threading My Prayer Rug. One Woman’s Journey from Pakistani Muslim to American Muslim, published in July 2016; Excerpts of the book were featured in the Wall Street Journal, Salon.com, and Tiferet. She is also a contributor to the Houses of Worship column of the Wall Street Journal and biogs on topics related to Pakistani immigrant & American Muslim experience at: www.sabeeharehman.com/blog


Melissa Studdard’s books include the poetry collection I Ate the Cosmos for Breakfast and the novel Six Weeks to Yehidah. Her writings have appeared in a wide range of publications, such as The Guardian, Poets & Writers, Southern Humanities Review, Harvard Review, and Psychology Today. She is the executive producer and host of VIDA Voices & Views for VIDA: Women in Literary Arts and an editor for American Microreviews and Interviews. Learn more at www.melissastuddard.com


Sophfronia Scott was a writer and editor at Time and People before publishing her first novel, All I Need to Get By (St. Martin’s Press). Her latest novel is Unforgivable Love (William Morrow). She’s also the author of an essay collection, Love’s Long Line, from Ohio State University Press’s Mad Creek Books and a memoir, This Child of Faith: Raising a Spiritual Child in a Secular World, from Paraclete Press. Sophfronia teaches at Regis University’s Mile High MFA and Bay Path University’s MFA in Creative Nonfiction.

The winner in each category receives a check for $500 and will be published in a future issue of TIFERET!

Our 2019 Writing Contest will begin on March 1, 2019. Watch for announcements!