We are pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Cornucopia Literary Prize is Rachel Lallouz for her short story “Eyes Like Limpid Pools.” In the words of our 2017 judge, Hiromi Goto:
There were so many strong submissions with such a range in style, content, voice, each so vibrant in their own ways—I so appreciated all of the great queer writing that arrived upon my desk. I struggled to select the winning entry. In the end, the verve and swerve of language, the humour, intelligence, and the besottment of “Eyes Like Limpid Pools” stood out as a virtuoso performance. Heady.
Rachel Lallouz’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Cactus Heart Magazine, Spectra Journal, SAD Magazine, and Theories of HER, among others. She is the previous co-editor of Queen’s Feminist Review, and previous editor-in-chief of OutWrite: A Queer Review. Rachel recently completed a two-year stint as a community journalist for the Royal Canadian Navy. She writes in Victoria, BC.
The Cornucopia Literary Prize is awarded to the best work of fiction by a LGBTTQI writer. The winner receives a $500 cash prize plus publication. Congratulations to Rachel and to the other shortlisted writers, Kristyn Dunnion, Jess Martin, and Vinton McCabe, and thanks to all who entered.
Feature image by Laurie Avocado