Hello! I just want to update everyone on the subject of last year's competition. We ran into some unforeseen delays this year. Our announced judge has been facing some serious health challenges, so we enlisted the aid of a pinch-hitter judge, the inimitable and wonderful Derek Pell, whose own writing has long been an inspiration to many. His book Scar Mirror was my favorite chapbook when it came out in 1978, and I must have bought twenty copies and given them to all of my friends. Among his dozens of books, he has published the wonderful Assassination Rhapsody (Semiotext), Three Plus Three Makes Seven: Potential Literature for Those Who Flunked Math (Black Scat Books), and the delightful Naked Lunch at Tiffany's: Erotic Classics Reimagined (JEF Books). We have finished the initial readings of the works and have narrowed the selections down to a short list. The winner will be announced in a couple of weeks. Thank you for your patience!