Owen Levy

OWEN LEVY is the author of two well-received novels, the seminal A Brother’s Touch, set in the early days of the Stonewall liberation movement, and Goodbye Heiko Goodbye Berlin plays out in the early turbulent days after the Fall of the Berlin Wall and move toward German Reunification.

A Fellow of both the Edwin MacDowell Colony and Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, for many years active as a New York press agent representing shows on and off-Broadway, institutional theaters, as well as night clubs, personalities and independent film.

As Berlin-based correspondent for international trades Variety and Billboard covered the German film and music industries. Was documentations editor for the European Film Academy master classes and a longtime editor/reviewer for the annual Berlin International Film Festival screening guide.

A full length play Monster was given staged readings at the New Federal Theater, and another play, Babes in Berlin, was given staged readings at New York’s Westbeth Theater Center. A two-character one act play, All Night Long was a finalist in Tennessee Williams Playwriting Competition. Currently working on several projects.

A native New Yorker, born in Harlem and raised in Brooklyn, graduated from Hunter College with a B.A in English Literature. After residing for nearly two decades in Berlin, Germany, currently residing in Manhattan. Accidental eyewitness to the Stonewall uprising and the Fall of the Berlin Wall.

Award Category
Golden Writer
Beyond the Bridge
My Submission


Kirstie Long Tue, 15/08/2023 - 12:22

I did feel that that was a little overly descriptive and therefore a slightly slow start, but it did interest me, especially the build up to the end of the chapter. A nice little twist that pulls readers in.

Gale Winskill Tue, 22/08/2023 - 16:55

Strong beginning. The initial text could be pared down to keep it moving a bit more quickly, but it certainly conjures a picture.

Samar Hammam Sat, 26/08/2023 - 08:17

Great start. Could start after first couple of paragraphs to pare back, but a scene was set and the night caller interesting twist.

Paula Sheridan Thu, 31/08/2023 - 18:19

This is a comment from a publisher judge who asked us to post this comment:

Interesting, difficult to define. The first section keeps us without a character to focus on for quite a bit of time, which does make this a slow start. This is in a great deal of contrast to the later described violence against the Juka. This, in contrast to the beginning, feels jarringly fast- we hardly know anything about her before we bear witness to this brutality. Interesting, and we’d be curious to see a future revision.

Kelly Lydick Fri, 01/09/2023 - 05:15

I liked the first line and the cadence of this voice. I do agree with the previous judge, who writes that the pacing is a bit jarring. I think this is a great start and ripe for a revision.