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Published November 13, 2019

jake adam york blogReaders can find the 2019 Auburn Witness Poetry Prize winner and finalists in the Fall 2019 issue of Southern Humanities Review. The contest honors the late Jake Adam York [pictured], and the winner of the contest receives $1000 in addition to publication. This year’s contest was judged by Vievee Francis.

“Burning Churches” by Dante Di Stefano

“Transubstantiation” by Jubi Arriola-Headley
“All-American Mexican” by Michael Torres
“A Different Alphabet” by Susan Cohen
“Near Miss” by Allison Adair

The Fall 2019 issue also features four pieces of fiction and two pieces of nonfiction, as well as work by five additional poets.
Published November 11, 2019

nimrod v63 n1 fall winter 2019The current issue of Nimrod International Journal is entirely made up of the winners, finalists, semi-finalists, and honorable mentions of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction and the Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry.

Katherine Anne Porter Prize for Fiction:
First Prize
“Capybara” by Jonathan Wei

Second Prize
“This Might Hurt Some” by John Tait


Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry:
First Prize
”Negligee and Hatchet: A Sonnet Crown” by Robert Thomas

Second Prize
“The Adorned Fathomless Dark Creation,” “Getting Out,” “Boys Beyond June,” and “Legend” by Matt W. Miller


The Fall/Winter 2019 issue features over thirty writers, a diverse selection of fiction and poetry. A full list of contributors, including a handful of excerpts, can be found at the Nimrod International Journal website.
Published November 08, 2019

bff contest blog

Brilliant Flash Fiction recently announced the winners of the FEED US Writing Contest, held between June and September this year. Judge Kathy Fish selected three prize winners.

First Prize
“TALKING” by Shikhandin [pictured]

Second Prize
“Two Ostomates” by Alexis Wolfe

Third Prize
“Mother’s Milk” by Anastasia Kirchoff

Find the three winning stories, the shortlisted stories, and the longlist at the Brilliant Flash Fiction website. There you can also grab a copy of their first anthology: Hunger: The Best of Brilliant Flash Fiction, 2014-2019.

Published November 04, 2019

laux millar prize blogIn the Fall 2019 issue of Raleigh Review, readers can find the winners and finalists of the 2019 Laux/Millar Poetry Prize, selected by Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar. Readers can easily find these pieces in the current issue as they're outlined in gradient blue (winner) and pink (finalists).

Iguana Iguana” by Caylin Capra-Thomas

"At the Bar" by Cameron McGill
"The Land in Both Our Names" by Suzanne Grove
"After Watching The Quiet Man" by Hannah Dow
"Sertraline" by Emily Nason

Submissions to the 2020 Laux/Millar Poetry Prize will reopen in April and run through May.​​

Published October 29, 2019

april sopkin blogThe Fall 2019 issue of Carve Magazine features the winners of the 2019 Raymond Carver Contest, guest-judged by Claire Fuller. These can be found online, as well as in the print issue. An interview with each writer can be found after their stories in the print edition.

First Place
“Private Lives” by April Sopkin

Second Place
“Gravity House” by Carolyn Bishop

Third Place
“The Enchanted Forest” by Brian Crawford

Editor’s Choice
“The Ghost Rider” by Erica Plouffe Lazure

The Raymond Carver Contest reopens for submissions in April. The Carve Magazine Prose & Poetry Contest is currently open until November 15.

Published September 24, 2019

The Fall 2019 issue of Ruminate features the winning entries for the publication's annual William Van Dyke Short Story Prize. The final judge for 2019 was Tyrese Coleman.

First Place
"DrownTown" by Joshua Gray

Second Place
"Parkside" by Kate Bradley

Honorable Mention
"Standard Uniform" by  Shelley Linso

Read more about each author in addition to the judge's comments about their works here.

The 2020 William Van Dyke Short Story Prize, awarding $1500 to the winner, is open until February 15, 2020.

Published September 10, 2019

The Sept/Oct 2019 issue of Kenyon Review features the 2019 Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers winner and runners up, along with an introduction by Richie Hofmann. Each work can also be found on the Kenyon Review website along with an audio recording by the poet.

kenyon review young writersFirst Prize
Jay Martin: “November Picnic with Louise"

Runners Up
Martha Schaffer: “Stars"
Stephanie Chang: “Post Meridiem"

The Patricia Grodd Poetry Prize for Young Writers is open to high school sophomores and juniors. The winner receives a full scholarship to the Kenyon Review Young Writers workshop in addition to publication with two runners up.

Published September 08, 2019

This spring, Witness, published by the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, announced the winners of its inaugural Literary Awards in Fiction and Poetry.

sophia stidPoetry Winner
Judge Hanif Abdurraqib
“Apophatic Ghazal” by Sophia Stid [pictured]

Poetry Runner-up
"lump" by Renia White

Fiction Winner
Judge Lesley Nneka Arimah
“The Nine-Tailed Fox Explains” by Jane Pek

Fiction Runner-up
“The Kristian Vang Fan Club” by 
John Tait

For more information on the winning entries as well as a full list of finalists, click here. Winning entries can be read in the Spring 2019 issue.

Submissions for the 2020 contest are open until October 1, as well as general submissions on the theme "Magic."

Published August 14, 2019

Based out of Schoolcraft College in Michigan, The MacGuffin Spring 2019 features the winners of the Detroit Working Writer’s MacGuffin Poetry Prize, awarded at the group’s annual conference last Fall:

diana dinvernoFirst Place
“Ann Arbor" by Diana Dinverno [pictured]

Second Place
“I Thought I Couldn’t Take It With Me” by Vicki Wilke

Honorable Mention
"Whispers" by 
Jack D. Ferguson

Also included in this issue is a biographical sketch and selection of poems from The MacGuffin’s 24th Poet Hunt Contest Guest Judge Richard Tillinghast. Winners of the Poet Hunt Contest will be published in the next issue of The MacGuffin.


Published August 05, 2019

The newest issue of Ruminate Magazine (Summer 2019) features the first and second place winning entries of their 2019 VanderMey Nonfiction Prize selected by final judge Jessica Wilbanks:

porter huddlestonFirst Place
"The Foundation Above Us" by Porter Huddleston [pictured]

Second Place
"The Proctor’s Manual" by Kristin Leclaire

Honorable Mention
"The Emperor’s Clothes, The Empire’s Language" by Jamila Osman

For a full list of finalists and judge's comments about the winning entries, click here.

In addition to publication, this annual prize awards $1500 to the first-place entry and $200 to the second-place entry. The deadline for entry is October 27, 2019. See full guidelines here.


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