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What's "Jewish" fiction?

I was under the impression, mistaken perhaps, that the Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest was to encourage young writers desiring to make a contribution to Jewish life and culture. I fail to see how "The Inker" meets either of these two tests.

A story in which the protagonist is an academic married to a German gentile giving up his position at an American university for one in Berlin demands, in the Hebrew of our sages, comment. The second primary character, his sister, an aging hippie in the midst of an affair with an "hiker" also calls for elucidation. The fact that the hero is named Avi and the word sheygetz is used does not lift this story into the realm of Jewish literature.

At a time when there are so many gifted young writers like Dara Horn (no relation), Allegra Goodman, Nathan Englander and many others, it is hard to imagine that the generation following has such a paucity of worthwhile offerings that "The hiker" was worthy of your prize.

Philip Horn

West Orange, NJ

Editor's Response: The Moment Magazine-Karma Foundation Short Fiction Contest awards prizes to previously unpublished short fiction with Jewish content. The contest is not designed for young writers; writers of all ages are welcome to submit stories. Visit for more information.
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