DIAJ AWARD WINNERS

At the end of each year, Door Is A Jar Magazine honors two contributors that best represented the year's submissions. Anyone who submits work to Door is a Jar Magazine has a chance at winning this award.

The 2019 winners of the DIAJ Award are Kateryna Bortsova and J Mari. Both created something unique that pop off the page. Their art and poetry invited us to take a deeper look. We found a serene expression in a sugar-rushed world, and the gnawing cost and obsession over a few lost lines.

 

When judging for this award, we look for pieces that are accessible and relatable in a way that goes hand in hand with one of our core values — the value of making our publication open and available to everyone. 

Kateryna Bortsova

At present time Kateryna Bortsova is a painter – graphic artist with BFA in graphic arts and MFA. Works of Kateryna took part in many international exhibitions (Taiwan, Moscow, Munich, Spain, Macedonia, Budapest etc.). Also, she won silver medal in the category “realism” in participation in “Factory of visual art”, New York, USA and 2015 Emirates Skywards Art of Travel competition, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Kateryna is always open for commission and you can view her work on Instagram: @katerynabortsova or on her website: http://bortsova6.wix.com/bortsova 

 Bubblegum Love
by Kateryna Bortsova

J Mari

The "poet" recently published a thing called "the sun sets like faces fade right before you pass out," but more importantly, he was given a prestigious award at this watering hole for drinking 15 long island and being able to stand up afterwards and still kinda talk.

2 lines
by J Mari

last night

in bed before going to sleep

i had two killer lines.

i had two killer lines

but i was beat

and i thought i'd remember in the morning.

now it's morning

and they're gone

like old girlfriends.

i had two killer lines

and they were going to be

part of a killer poem.

i was going to

let you read it, and

i think

it would have

made you see me

in a different way:

it could have even

made you fall in love.

based on this poem

publishers and editors

would have

reevaluated my prior work:

the books sales were bound

to be significant,

a new life and its open door.

i think you were

going to fall in love.

i had two killer lines

last night

but now it's morning and they're gone.

i don't think they're coming back.

Past Winners

2018: Bill Wolak, Nora Seilheimer

2017: Betsy Jenifer, Lauren Scharhag

2016: Valerie Westmark, Drew Pisarra

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