MVP 2019 Winners

After months of reading and reading, weeks of deliberating and discussing, we’re incredibly excited to announce the results of the 2019 Many Voices Project competitions!

Congratulations to our winners! We’d also like to thank everyone who submitted. We look forward to sharing these amazing works with you all!


Our poetry winner is Samuel Ugbechie with Monologue of Fire.

Samuel Ugbechie is a writer who builds apps and plays basketball. He has works published or forthcoming in Ruminate Magazine, Palette Poetry, Aurora Poetry, Nottingham Review. He recently won the 2020 Aurora Poetry Winter Contest, and his works have been recognized in awards like the Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, Frederick Holland Poetry Collection Award, Into the Void Poetry Prize, and others. He tweets @sugbechie.


Our prose winner is Rosaleen Bertolino with The Paper Demon and Other Stories.

Rosaleen Bertolino’s short stories have most recently appeared in New England ReviewLitrofailbetter, and Orca. Born and raised in the Bay Area, she received her MA in English/Creative Writing from SFSU. Now in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, she is co-founder and host of Prose Cafe, a monthly reading series, and at work on a novel, among other projects. More information at