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Jelly Bucket Contest Winners & Runners-Up

Grand Prize Winner: Marianne Peel - "Huckleberries and Homebrewed Boilo"

Genre Winners:


Emma Choi - "What Happened?"

Emma Choi is a commended Foyle Young Poet and recipient of the Scholastic Art and Writing American Voices Award and two national silver medals. She is a Junior at George C. Marshall High School where she is the founder and editor-in-chief of an underground satirical magazine, The Scuttlebutt. In addition to fiction, she also writes poetry, plays, and screenplays. Emma lives with her family and ghost dog in northern Virginia.

Creative Nonfiction

JC Lee - "Abbatoir Blues"

JC Lee teaches writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Her essays and reviews have appeared in  Mid-American Review,  Critical Quarterly,  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  and  City Paper, and she was recently awarded an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship. She has just finished a long essay on sexual sadism that begins with the painting, “The Guitar Lesson" by Balthus, and with it, her first book—Travels with a Sadist.


Marianne Peel - "Huckleberries and Homebrewed Boilo"

Marianne Peel is a poet and a flute playing vocalist, learning to play ukulele, who is raising four daughters.  She shares her life with her partner Scott, whom she met in Istanbul while studying in Turkey on a Fulbright.  Marianne taught teachers in Guizhou Province, China for three summers.  Recently, Marianne was invited to participate in Marge Piercy’s Juried Intensive Poetry Workshop in June 2016. She taught English at middle and high school for 32 years.  Marianne has been published in Muddy River Review, Silver Birch Press, Persephone’s Daughters, Ophelia's Mom, Remembered Arts Journal, and Gravel, among others.

Genre Runners-Up:


Elizabeth Burton - "Blood Moon"

Elizabeth Burton is an award-winning writer who studies fiction in Spalding University's MFA program. She holds other graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Stony Brook University. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Roanoke Review, Kentucky Review, The Grief Diaries,  Waypoints,  and  Chautauqua, a mong others. Her work has been nominated both for the  Best of the Net anthology and for a Pushcart Prize. Elizabeth lives in Central Kentucky with her husband and two willful dogs. Check out her stories at

Creative Nonfiction

Lynn Casteel Harper - "The Meaning of Sovereignty"

Lynn Casteel Harper's work has appeared in  Kenyon Review  Online,  Catapult, The Huffington Post, and elsewhere.   She received the New Delta Review’s Nonfiction Prize (2013)  and was named runner-up for the  North American Review's Torch Prize (2016).  She is  currently completing a book of essays,  When I Have Dementia, which received a Barbara Deming Fund grant for women writers.  A Baptist minister originally from southeastern Missouri,  Lynn lives in New York City where  she  is on staff  at The Riverside Church. 


Amanda Chiado - "Plummet"

A long, long time ago in a far away land lived a family of giants who had a tiny baby named Amanda who never became a giant after all.  Her legs never were as long as the tall, sweet-smelling pines.  Her body was never large enough to be mistaken for a mountain.  Still, her parents loved her, carried her like a nickel in their pockets and held her up to the sky so she could tickle the fluffy clouds.  And although she could never reach the moon on her own, words grew inside her like strong vines, tall words, long words, enormous words and she became her own kind of giant.  Get weirder at

Amanda's poem was inspired by:

Riikka Hyvönen - "Good God (To the Bruise and the Booty) Way to Go Out with a Bang!"

Berlin based, Lapland born artist Riikka Hyvönen (1982) started working with the bruises – called ‘kisses’ by roller derby – through collecting photographs of roller derby girls’ bruised bums. She then captured the athletes’ injuries in giant artworks. Pop, kitsch, and perhaps even slightly camp in their glittery leather glory, the 3D objects, made by Hyvönen are somewhere between sculptures and paintings. “I painted these works to capture momentary marks that are seen in a completely different light in the mainstream than inside the subculture of roller derby girls,” Hyvönen describes. The artworks are simultaneously confusing and magnetic—as they show how everyone’s skin reacts to a hit differently. She hopes people can see the unexpected beauty of bruises.

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