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The Second Annual Per Contra Prize - Click Here

$1,000 First Prize and Publication in Per Contra for the Top Ten Stories


Untitled by Peter Groesbeck

Fiction - Click Here

Fiction by Jennifer Byrne, Petina Gappah, John Martin, Lorna Smedman, Maryanne Stahl and Molara Wood.

"Only outside this window is there change, yet even there, a repetitive pattern asserts itself. On Second Street Extension, the cars, buses, emergency taxis are filled with people going about the business of living, the occupants within unaware of the gazes without. One time, two times, five times a day she sees the vans and cars from her suspended life. Up and down, goes the little green bus, moving between the city centre and the university. ‘University of Zimbabwe’, a white station wagon says in blue lettering, ‘Faculty of Law.’ So close is the car that she can make out the faculty motto below the university crest: fiat justitia ruat coelum. The motto is more than just the words of Caesoninus on a crest, it is a song in her soul, the reason she is a law student, the meaning she wants to give to her life." - From The Annexe Shuffle by Petina Gappah

Poetry - Click Here    

Poetry by Thomas Chimes, Ioan Flora, Rachel Hadas, Henry Israeli, Luljeta Lleshanaku, Ion Pop, Laurie Rosenblatt and David R. Slavitt.  Translations by Alina Cârâc, Ioana Ieronim, Henry Israeli, Shpresa Qatipi and Adam J. Sorkin.  Also, Henry Israeli, The Per Contra Interview with Miriam N. Kotzin and Becca Menon on the Poetry of Mark Rudman.


"I took a Translation Workshop with Daniel Weissbort who works primarily with Russian and Polish poetry, and enjoyed it tremendously. I’ve also read some theory by Benjamin, Nabokov, and a few others. But mostly I’d say I’m self-taught in the school of trial and error." - Henry Israeli with Miriam N. Kotzin

Non-Fiction - Click Here

Essay by M.G. Piety and a special section on Blogging and the Information Revolution with "Posts" by Rachel Sawyer and Bill Turner.

"Sřren Kierkegaard is one of the few philosophers often found on the shelves of shopping mall bookstores. Why is Kierkegaard so popular? The answer is not simply that he addresses perennial human questions, like the meaning of life, the nature of ethical and religious truth, and the debilitating nature of guilt. The answer is that he does this in a supremely readable manner." - Translating Kierkegaard by M.G. Piety

Visual Arts - Click Here

Thomas Chimes, The Per Contra Interview with Miriam N. Kotzin, Defining Jewish Painters in Nineteenth-Century Europe by Larry Silver and The Real Abstract: Louise Bourgeois’s Sculpture by Donald Kuspit.

"In my dreams now there’s a constant shifting from one scene to another, with no structured plot. I feel as though I’m searching for a place, but I don’t know what it is.  So the dreams are the essence of entropy, with their disorder that comes through indecision and searching." - Thomas Chimes with Miriam N. Kotzin

Per Contra Tech - Click Here

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