Announcing the Winners of the Kathryn A. Morton and Mary McCarthy Prizes

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Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction

Judge Aimee Bender has selected Joan Frank's collection of novellas, Where You're All Going. 

Joan Frank ( is the author of seven books of literary fiction and a book of collected essays. Her last novel, All the News I Need, won the Juniper Prize for Fiction. Her book of essays, Because You Have to: A Writing Life, won the Silver ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Award. A MacDowell Fellow and recipient of many honors, Frank also reviews literary fiction and nonfiction for the San Francisco Chronicle. She lives with her husband, playwright Bob Duxbury, in the North Bay Area of California.

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Kathryn A. Morton Prize in Poetry

Judge Ocean Vuong has selected Chad Bennett's collection, Your New Feeling is the Artifact of a Bygone Era.

Chad Bennett is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin. He received his Ph.D. in English from Cornell University, an M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Poetry) from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and a B.A. in English from Stanford University. His first book, Word of Mouth: Gossip and American Poetry (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2018), divulges the dynamic relationship between modern American poetry and the queer art of gossip. His poetry has appeared in journals such as Colorado Review, Denver Quarterly, Fence, jubilatThe Offing, and others. 


2018 Winner: Joan Frank, Where You're All Going, chosen by Aimee Bender

2018 Finalists: 
Not Dead Yet by Hadley Moore
Believers by Farah Ali

2018 Semi-finalists:
Extinction Events by Liz Breazeale
Animal Voices, Mineral Hum by Pearl Abraham
Eleven Kinds of Exile by Adam Stumacher
Evacuating North by Doug Crandell
Woods, Kansas by Mike Alberti


2018 Winner: Chad Bennett, Your New Feeling is the Artifact of a Bygone Era, chosen by Ocean Vuong

2018 Runner-Up:
American Faith by Maya Catherine Popa (forthcoming 2020)

2018 Finalists:
Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens, by Corey Van Landingham
Deke, by Gibson Fay-LeBlanc
Gullier, by Christopher Citro
Descend, Descend, by Samuel Amadon
Insofar, by Sarah Gridley
Boi Bi, by Kwabena Foli
Ringer, by Rebecca Lehmann
Uses for Music, by Annie Kim
How Blood Works, by Ellene Moore
Wave Says, by K.M. English
His Arms in This Sad Knot, by W.M. Lobko
There There, by Cameron McGill
42 Poems & a Letter, by Nathaniel Perry
My Little Book of Exiles, by Dan Alter
Body Fires, by Hannah Baggott