Contests & Submissions
Our 2013 Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry winner: Sean Bishop for his collection, The Night We’re Not Sleeping In, chosen by Susan Mitchell. Bishop’s poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Best New Poets, Harvard Review, Indiana Review, jubilat, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. He earned a BA from Hampshire College and an MFA from the University of Houston. Bishop is a recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship and the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing’s Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship; he is the founding editor of Better: Culture & Lit and the former managing editor of Gulf Coast. Bishop lives in Madison, WI, where he coordinates the MFA and Fellowship programs in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin.
The finalists are: What Monsters You Make of Them by Christian Teresi, Helen of Bikini by Phoebe Reeves, Whose Flesh is Flame Whose Bone is Time by Penelope Pelizzon, and Salt White Moon by Noel Crook.
Our 2013 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction winner: Nathan Poole for his collection Father Brother Keeper, chosen by Edith Pearlman. Poole lives in Columbia, SC, where he teaches English and Creative Writing to college students and works as a contractor. He is a graduate of The University of South Carolina and the MFA program for writers at Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina. His stories have appeared or are forthcoming in various journals, including, The Kenyon Review, Narrative Magazine, The Sun Magazine, Nat.Brut. Quarterly, The Lumiere Reader, Strangers Magazine, Drum Literary Magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post. He is the recipient of the 2012 Narrative Prize and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Bread-Loaf Tuition Scholarship. For the next academic year he will be serving as the Milton Post Graduate Fellow in Writing at Image Journal in Seattle, Washington. He is now at work on his first novel, set in the Cowasee Basin of South Carolina.
The runner-up isWhat Matters Most by Amina Gautier.
The other finalists include The Sorrow Proper by Lindsey Drager, The Suicide Club by Toni Graham, and Normality by Dan Pope.
Finalists in both competitions receive a coupon waiving the entry fee for next year’s contest.
The 2014 judges are Lydia Millet for the Mary McCarthy Prize and Henri Cole for the Kathryn A. Morton Prize.
We thank you sincerely for keeping the art of short fiction and poetry alive and thriving, and hope to see you again next year.
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For writers of essay collections and book-length essays, our open submissions are year-round. All queries should contain a cover letter and writing sample (a single essay, chapter or short section), along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and a $10 dollar handling fee. We request that you send these by snail mail only.