The Spring/Summer 2016 issue of december features the winner and finalists of the Jeff Marks Memorial Poetry Prize (with submissions opening back up in autumn). This year, the magazine received over 1,200 contest entries, which were then narrowed down to 20 semi-finalists. From these selections, judge Marge Piercy selected the following for the winner, honorable mentions, and finalists.
Jim Dwyer, “Enlightenment”
Kate Gray, “Reassurance” and “For Every Girl”
José Angel Araguz, “Cazar Means to Hunt Not to Marry”
Debbie Benson, “Uchi Vallai”
Kierstin Bridger, “Preparing to Sink”
Tova Green, “March Storm at Abbots Lagoon”
John McCarthy, “What I mean When I Say I Don’t Box Anymore”
M.H. Perry, “Cardamom, Osprey, Banff, Us”
Cocoa M. Williams, “Leda on a Stoop in St. Bernard Projects (1974)”
Grab a copy of december’s Spring/Summer 2016 issue to read these poems.
FICTION: Joe Dornich in Lubbock, TX for "The Reluctant Son of a Fake Hero"
POETRY: Moira Thielking in Katonah, NY for "Pirating (Salt Enough)"
NONFICTION: Kerry Muir in Annapolis, Maryland for "Martin"
A full list of semi-finalists and finalists can be found here.
The Spring 2016 issue of The Missouri Review is titled “Wonders and Relics” and some of the wonders readers can find in the issue include the winners of the 2015 Jeffrey E. Smith Editor’s Prize.
Emma Törzs, “The Wall”
Phillip B. Williams, Four Poems
Genese Grill, "Portals: Cabinets of Curiosity, Reliquaries, and Colonialism"
Excerpts from the winning pieces and a foreword by the magazine’s editor, Speer Morgan, can be found on The Missouri Review website.
Set within the resilient Great Plains, these award-winning stories are marked by the region’s people and landscape, and the distinctive way it is both regressive in its politics yet also stumbling toward something better. While not all stories are explicitly set in Oklahoma, the state is almost a character that is neither protagonist nor antagonist, but instead the weird next-door-neighbor you’re perhaps too ashamed of to take anywhere. Who is the embarrassing one—you or Oklahoma?In Fall, Kathryn Nuernberger’s poetry collection The End of Pink will be released. The winner of the 2015 James Laughlin Award, The End of Pink (Nuernberger’s second collection) is “populated by strange characters” and is “equal parts fact and folklore.” Copies are available for preorder at the BOA Editions, LTD. website.
The 2015 Gulf Coast Prize in Translation
Judged by Ammiel Alcalay
Winner ($1000 + Print publication)
Samantha Schnee for her translation from Carmen Boullosa's The Romantics' Conspiracy.
Honorable Mention ($250 + Online publication)
Rebeca Velasquez for her translation from Irma de Águila’s El hombre que hablaba del cielo, or The Man Who Spoke About the Heavens.
Brad Fox for his translation from Sait Faik Abasiyanik's novella Havada Bulut, or A Cloud in the Sky.
Jonathan Larson for his translation of Friederike Mayröcker's études.
J. Bret Maney for his translation of Guillermo Cotto-Thorner's Manhattan Tropics.
2015 Barthelme Prize for Short Fiction
Judged by Steve Almond
Winner ($1000 + Pring publication)
"Taylor Swift" by Hugh Behm-Steinberg
Honorable Mention ($250 + Print publication)
"The Deer" by Nickole Brown
"Threeway" by Wes Wrobel
First Prize ($500)
“The Comfort Weaver” by Alia Ahmed
“The Colonel’s Boy” by Timothy Dumas
Second Prize ($250)
“Leah, Lamb” by Dana Fitz Gale
“Shadow Daughter” by Leslie Pietrzyk
“Einhorn’s Kosher Palace” by David Klein
“Those Who Burn” by Lara Prescott
“The Wedding at Valocchio” by James Vescovi
Alia Ahmed's "The Comfort Weaver" is published in the spring 2016 issue of The Hudson Review and is also available full-text on the publication's website here.
Judged by Tayari Jones
"Y'all's Problem" by Beth Ann Fennelly
Judged by Dinty Moore
"Trip" by Audrey Spensley
The Lamar York Prize is an annual contest that accepts submissions between October 1 and January 31.
[Cover art: The Baron in the Trees, 2011 by Su Blackwell; detail and artist's statement included in the issue.]
"Midwinter, My Mother" by Laura Apol
"Thirty and Out" by S.J. MacLean
"On Kindness" by Laura S. Distelheim
In addition to publication in the gorgeous full-size format print copy - which includes full color art throughout - winners receive $1000 each. This annual contest runs from August 1 - November 1 of each year.
Fiction judge Alissa Nutting selected “The Twins” by Jill Rosenberg as the winner and “Fellowship" by Kimberly Parsons as the runner up.
Poetry judge Heather Christle selected “b careful” by Mark Baumer as the winner and “Wolfmoon” by Mary-Alice Daniel as the runner-up.
Nonfiction judge Mary Roach selected “Huron River Drive” by Will McGrath as the winner and “Three Great Lyric Passages” by Hugh Martin as the runner up.
Judges' comments on the winning works and a full list of all the finalists can be found here.
Contest judge Bruce Beasley selected Ming Lauren Holden’s poem, “For My Aspirated,” as the recipient of the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry. Beasley said the poem “stunned me every time I reread it for its collision of mystery and absolute clarity . . . its insistent repetitions and piled-on rhetorical questions pounding against the unplumbable mysteries of loss.”
Eric Roe’s short story, “Notes From Lazarus,” earned the Tobias Wolff Award for Fiction. Contest judge Kristiana Kahakauwila called the story, “a lovely meditation on love, devotion, and hope . . . finely crafted and controlled but never overwrought.”
S. Paola Antonetta, contest judge for the Annie Dillard Award for Creative Nonfiction, described the pleasures of reading Leigh Claire Schmiddli's work: “‘This Sonata, into the third movement’ is an essay that puns deeply to get at the deep truths of all those ways in which language, like life, evades our meanings for it. Divided, like a musical piece, into movements, ‘This Sonata’ evokes movement itself in all its forms . . . Piercingly lyric, haunting in its details.”