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Moment Magazine Announces Winners of Moment-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest

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Friday, October 19, 2012

HUC-JIR and Moment Magazine are hosting an awards ceremony for the 2011 Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest on December 4 at the New York Campus (One West Fourth Street). Moment Magazine and contest judge Walter Mosley, author of the Easy Rawlins mysteries, including Devil in a Blue Dress, recently announced the winners and finalists of the 2011 Moment-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest, including Dr. Wendy Zierler, Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Literature and Feminist Studies at HUC-JIR/New York.


First place: “Roots” by Joan Leegant:  Joan Leegant is the author of a novel, Wherever You Go, and a story collection, An Hour in Paradise, which won the Winship/PEN New England Book Award, the Wallant Award for Jewish Fiction, and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. She divides her time between Boston and Tel Aviv, where she teaches at Bar-Ilan University.

Second place: “A Beggar’s Place” by Ruchama King Feuerman: Ruchama King Feuerman is the author of the novel Seven Blessings whose work has appeared in The New York Times and other publications. Her second novel, In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist, will be published in 2013 by NYRB Lit.

Third place: “Those Who Go About the City” by Avital Chizhik:  Avital Chizhik is a graduate of Yeshiva University who has won seven national writing awards, including two Scholastic National Gold Medals in short fiction, as well as a finalist title in The Atlantic’s 2010 fiction award.  

Finalist: “The Muskie” by Stuart Rosh:  Stuart Rosh is a geophysicist, writer and musician. He has published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Science and Nature. He is the author of a memoir, Gone for Good: Tales of University Life After the Golden Age.

Finalist: “The One Lamb You Should Offer” by Wendy Zierler: Wendy Zierler is associate professor of modern Jewish literature and feminist studies at HUC-JIR/New York. She is the author of And Rachel Stole the Idols: The Emergence of Modern Hebrew Women Writers.


The awards ceremony is free and open to the public with registration; photo ID is required upon entrance. Please register by emailing or calling 202-363-6422 as soon as possible since space is limited. A reception with book signing will follow.

The Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest was established in 2000 by authors Josh Rolnick, and Harvey Grossinger, and is supported by the Karma Foundation. The contest encourages writers of any faith to submit short fiction about a subject related to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. Past judges include Nicole Krauss, Anita Diamant, Geraldine Brooks and Jonathan Safran Foer. To learn more about past winners of the contest and the work they have gone on to do, visit

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