MORIA, Woodbury’s national online literary magazine — a precocious two-year-old – has won its first award and it’s a good one: Best Microfiction for 2020, bestowed by Best Microfiction.
The winning entry, “For Two Blue Lines” by Hema Nataraju, was published in Issue Four of MORIA. Nataraju, an Indian-American writer, lives in Singapore with her husband and their two children. Her work has appeared in The Sunlight Press, Chicken Soup for the Soul, The Aerogram, The Brown Orient, the National Flash-Fiction Day anthology, and in several print anthologies.
“This is a very big honor, which raises MORIA‘s status among literary publications, along with the College of Liberal Arts and, by extension, Woodbury,” said Emily Bills, Communications Coordinator for COLA. “Congratulations to the student staff of MORIA for Issue Four and to their advisor, Dr. Linda L. Dove.”
Dr. Dove added this: “Although we’ve been nominating for all the awards for two years, this is the first time that MORIA has won a national award, and it catapults MORIA into a whole new category of magazine.”
“This was a deeply competitive competition,” the editorial team at bestmicrofiction.com noted. “The Best Microfiction anthology will be available in mid-April, and we’re planning a big virtual launch of the anthology on Facebook, so please ‘like’ our page if you haven’t yet!”
MORIA is a national literary magazine with an all-student editorial board, based at Woodbury University, that accepts poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction from emerging and established writers in the United States and across the world. The undergraduates who serve as editors and managers of the magazine participate in an official course on campus, during which they learn the fundamentals of producing an online literary journal with a professional focus.