Winner of Fiction International’s 2015 Short Short Fiction Prize and Able Muse’s 2015 Write Prize in Fiction contest, Andrea Witzke Slot is author of the poetry collection To find a new beauty (Gold Wake Press, 2012) and a recently-finished novel titled The Cartography of Flesh: in the silence of Ella Mendelssohn, one of two finalists in A Room of Her Own's Clarissa Dalloway Prize and now represented by Stephanie Sinclair at Transatlantic Literary Agency). Andrea is a previous poetry editor at the award-winning Rhino Poetry and previous book review editor at Fifth Wednesday Journal. After teaching for a number of years (primary level in the UK and college/university level in the U.S. after receiving her PhD), Andrea now writes full time. An American expat and permanent resident of the UK, she continues to divides her time between London in Chicago.
Recent work can be found (or is forthcoming) can be found in such places as Ambit, Bellevue Literary Review, Crab Orchard Review, The Adirondack Review, The American Literary Review, Fiction Southeast, Litro UK, Litro USA, Lunch Ticket, Meridian, Mezzo Cammin, Mid-American Review, Nimrod, Under the Radar, Rappahonnock Review, and Tupelo Quarterly, among others. Articles on the hiring crisis in higher education can be found in The Chronicle of Higher Education, while her essays on poetry and social change have been included in academic books published by SUNY Press (2013) and Palgrave Macmillan (2014).
About the short story "Proximity," a story about a woman at the end of her life who realises her secrets will never now be known to her family (Finalist in the 2016 Reynolds Price Award in Fiction, sponsored by the Center for Women Writers)
“One of the most striking elements of [the short story] ‘Proximity’ was its voice. Powerful and unfaltering throughout, the speaker’s voice was intriguing and so vivid that it only drew me into the story further and embedded me within her mind and conflicted thoughts...[B]ecause of the unique aspect of internal thought carrying this piece, every detail accentuated the poignancy of the speaker’s situation.” and "All of the story’s individual elements – voice, point view, etc. – converged to form this wonderful and insightful look into an elderly person’s mind, a mind that, although just as sharp and insightful as the piece, is oft neglected and ignored: silenced by reality.”
About the short story "After Reading the News Story of a Woman Who Attempted to Carry Her Dead Baby onto an Airplane," First Prize in Able Muse's 2015 Prize in Fiction
"The first line of this story presents a character, setting and situation with a rare and satisfying command of storytelling. Using perfect details balanced against rapid pacing, the voice of this writing has an air of stern and simple elegance, and reveals how the narrator’s experience of a newspaper story becomes a parallel challenge to her own ambivalence about motherhood and love. In the way that great stories open larger questions, within its brief timeframe this story questions culture and society, and how we are so quick and sure to judge the tragedies of others, yet with less capacity to examine the perils in our own judgments." - Eugenia Kim (author ofThe Calligrapher's Daughter, 2009)
About the Flash Fiction piece "Talking Trojans," First Prize in Fiction International's 2015 Fiction Contest for the flash fiction piece "Talking Trojans"
"'Talking Trojans' melds compression, humor, keen intelligence, and social awareness into a savory 300 words. The references to Roland Barthes and his fetishization of language, especially his Lover’s Discourse, is cunning and comical. Where is the virus? Perhaps it is in the lover’s “discourse,” the language, however refined, which obscures the virulent spaces eroding between the words and all about us." -- Harold Jaffe, editor-in-chief of Fiction International
About the novel The Cartography of Flesh: in the silence of Ella Mendelssohn, Finalist at AROHO's Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize (selected by Kate Gale), and Shortlisted at Kore Press's Open Submissions. The ms is described by Sara Henning, editor at Kore Press, as “weaving a gorgeous tapestry that draws the reader in and makes her yearn as Andrea toys with tropes—the absent and irresistible novelist Theo, the absently inspired adjunct of a mother, Ella’s charm and ability to connect with feeling at disparate intersections…Reading this felt like a private invitation to understand longing.”
Runner-up, Meridian's 2015 Flash Fiction Contest for the flash fiction piece "Lymphatic"
Finalist, Arts & Letters 2015 Unclassifiables Contest for the short story titled "The Wall" (now published at Litro Magazine Online)
Pushcart nomination for the poem "At a Truck Stop on Highway 124"
Pushcart nomination for the poem "Time Zones and the Art of Healing"
Finalist, River Styx Micro-Fiction Contest for a collection of three stories
Finalist, The Calvino Prize, for a short story selected by Robert Coover
Honorable mention, Able Muse's 2014 Write Prize, for "Penelope thinks she remembers her father," selected by Amit Majmudar (now published at Litro USA)
Finalist, Black Lawrence Press's Hudson Award, for a collection of poems
Finalist, Mid-American Review's Fineline Contest for the prose poem "Panoply"
Honorable Mention, "Ode to the Stairs," Tupelo Quarterly's Open Prose Contest, selected by EJ Levy
Finalist, Southeast Review's Gearhart Poetry Prize, for "Ring Out, Wild Bells," selected by Barbara Hammy
Runner-up, "The Unreliable Patient," Tupelo Quarterly's Open Prose Contest, selected by Matt Bell
Pushcart nomination for the poem "Terra Incognito" at Verse Daily