Center for Creative Change
The Center for Creative Change (CCC) is dedicated to strengthening civic discourse in order to find creative solutions to age-old problems. Through Moment Magazine and related projects, the CCC aims to build and educate a network of people interested in serious, intellectual exchange on the important issues of our time and to expose anti-Semitism and other deeply ingrained prejudices. Nadine Epstein is the executive director. As a dedicated 501(c)(3) based in Washington, DC, the CCC may accept tax-deductible gifts. The CCC is not a sectarian organization.
Founded by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel and writer Leonard Fein in 1975, and relaunched in 2004 by Nadine Epstein, the magazine provides independent journalism from a pluralistic Jewish perspective.
The Karma Foundation-Moment Magazine Fiction Contest
Established in 2000 by Josh Rolnick and Harvey TK, this prestigious international annual contest encourages writers of any faith to submit short fiction about a subject related to Judaism or Jewish culture or history. Judges have included Jonathan Safran Foer, Geraldine Brooks, Dara Horn, Anita Diamant, Judy Budnitz and others, and award ceremonies have been held in Washington, DC and New York City. This contest is generously funded by the Karma Foundation.
DEADLINE: January 29, 2016.
2015: Judged by Jami Attenberg
First Place: “Summer is for People” by Miriam Karmel
Second Place: “Vanished Jews of Hetta” by Jason K. Friedman
2014: Judged by Alice Hoffman
First Place: “Lecha Dodi” by Paul B. Cohen
Second Place: “Killing Brother Michael” by Danielle Leshaw
Third Place: “Lead Apron” by Courtney Sender
2012: Judged by Alan Cheuse
First Place: “The Inker” by Becky Tuch
Second Place: “The Nothing of History” by Lauren Watel
Third: “The Girl of the Comet” by Roberta Newman
2011: Judged by Walter Mosley
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.
Third Place: “Those Who Go About the City” by Avital Chizhick.
2010: Judged by Nicole Krauss
First Place: “Blue” by Jason K. Friedman. Jason K. Friedman’s short fiction has appeared in literary magazines and short-fiction anthologies including Best American Gay Fiction. He has published two children’s books, the thriller Phantom Trucker and the nonfiction Haunted Houses. Friedman works as a technical writer.
Second Place: “Infections” by Dalia Rosenfeld.
Third Place: “Processes” by Laura Price.
2009: Judged by Erica Jong
First Place: “Jerusalem Stone” by Sherri Mandell.
Second Place: “The Goose Girl” by Sally Schloss.
2008: Judged by Anita Diamant
First Place: “Levi” by Racelle Rosett.
Second Place: Judith Groudine Finkel.
Third Place: “The Kiss” by Amy Graubart Katz
2007: Judged by Geraldine Brooks
First Place: “How Beautiful Are Your Tents O Jacob” by Joe Kraus. Joe Kraus is Associate Professor of English at the University of Scranton. He is the co-author of An Accidental Anarchist, and has published his creative and scholarly work in The American Scholar, The Centennial Review, Riverteeth, MELUS, and Callaloo, among other places. He lives in Kingston, Pennsylvania with his wife and their three sons.
Second Place: “Three Dreams” by Andi Arnovitz.
Third Place: “Yiddish Land” by Ellen Davis Sullivan.
The Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Awards
Founded in 2004, the program’s mission is to seek out talented writers of any age—who have not yet received widespread recognition or won a major literary award—who have published at least one book that confronts themes that are of interest to millions of Jewish readers. The Moment Magazine Emerging Writer Awards are chaired by David Bruce Smith and Sarah Breger. Panelists include: Shulamaith Elster, Jackie Leventhal, Faye Moskowitz, Miriam Morsel Nathan, Gayle Wald and Sue Zuckerman.
2011: To be announced in the November/December 2012 issue.
Fiction: The Cosmopolitans by Nadia Kalman.
Non-fiction: 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman.
Fiction: Pictures at an Exhibition by Sara Houghteling
Non-fiction: Amen, Amen Amen: Memoir of a Girl Who Couldn’t Stop Praying (Among Other Things) by Abby Sher
Fiction: Petropolis by Anya Ulinich
Non-fiction: The Invisible Wall by Harry Bernstein
Rabbi Harold S. White Fellowship
This annual fellowship pairs Moment with a beginning journalist who works full-time for one year at the magazine. Fellows have the opportunity to learn independent journalism skills, which will stay with them throughout their careers. The fellowship is named for Rabbi Harold S. White, who, for more than 40 years, has served as an interpreter of Judaism to Jews and non-Jews, and who has managed to articulate—as few have—the global dimensions of Jewish culture. It is funded by friends and admirers of Rabbi White.
2011-2012: Caitlin Yoshiko Kandil
2010-2011: Niv Elis
2009-2010: Sarah Breger
2008-2009: Jeremy Gillick
Eugene M. Grant Fellowship
Since 2011, this annual fellowship supports a young journalist who works full-time at Moment for one year and is fully integrated into the life and workings of the magazine. Fellows have the opportunity to learn independent journalism and publishing skills, which will stay with them throughout their careers. The fellowship is named for Eugene M. Grant, a longtime leader of the Moment board. It is funded in Mr. Grant’s honor by Robert and Sherry Wiener.
2011-2012: Sala Levin
This popular contest invites young readers, ages 9 to 13, to write reviews of selected books. Hundreds of children from all over the world participate, and teachers often include the contest as part of their curriculum. Winning entries will be published in the magazine.
DEADLINE: February 15, 2013
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 2006
The Adventures of Rabby Harvey by Steve Sheinkin, 2006
Incantation by Alice Hoffman, 2006
Prince William, Maximilian, Minsky, and Me by Holly-Jane Rahlens, 2005
Sam I Am by Ilene Cooper, 2004
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli, 2003
Dave at Night, by Gail Carson Levine, 1999
Running on Eggs by Anna Levine
Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye, 1997
Journey to America by Sonia Levitin, 1993
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, 1989
When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit by Judith Kerr, 1971
Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume, 1970
The Pushcart War by Jean Merril, 1964
Anne Frank: The Young Writer Who Told the World Her Story by Ann Kramer, 2007
Einstein: Visionary Scientist by John Severance, 1999