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Poetry by Rusty Morrison and Bruce Smith. Fiction by Angie Kim. Nonfiction by Goolsby and MacIvor-Andersen. Interviews with Bill Roorbach, Mary Szybist, and Mark Doty.

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Presenting the Winner of the 2015 Flash Fiction Contest!

Thank you for everyone who entered the 2015 Flashcard Contest. We’re delighted to announce our winner, whose story will appear on a card distributed at AWP and with our next issue of Sycamore Review.


Sarah Freligh for “We Smoke”

Sarah Freligh is the author of A Brief Natural History of an American Girl, winner of the Editor’s Choice award from Accents Publishing, and Sort of Gone, a book of poems that follows the rise and fall of a fictional pitcher named Al Stepansky. Sad Math, the winner of the Moon City Poetry Award, is forthcoming in November 2015. Recent work has been featured on Verse Daily, in The Sun Magazine, Brevity, Rattle, Barn Owl Review, and in the 2011 anthology Good Poems: American Places. Among her awards are a 2009 poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a grant from the Constance Saltonstall Foundation in 2006.



Presenting Winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry!

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry. From a list of 10 finalists, poetry judge Bob Hicok has chosen the following poems:

Winner: Matt Morton, “Windfall”

Runner Up: Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.: “Red Hand”

Here’s what Bob Hicok has to say about Matt Morton’s winning poem, “Windfall.”

I find myself wanting to live in this poem every time I read it. To be held by these places and entranced by the things that seem like a gift – a windfall – to this mind, this poet. I like the mix of missing and having, how full the poem is, even as it addresses absence. Little things thrill, like the slide from “cloud cover” into “not if I can help it” and another linebreak driven gear shift, “And if this/is happiness then what.” Most of all I love the ease of movement from thing to thing, …MORE


Presenting the Winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction!

We are thrilled to announce that Leslie Jamison, judge of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction, has chosen “Ghost Language” by Jessica Wilbanks as the winning essay. Here’s what Jamison has to say about Jessica Wilbanks’ essay:

“Ghost Language” is a searching, visceral examination of faith and its negative margins–its nerve endings are sharply attuned to the proximate world–the song of its particulars–and the yearning for something less proximate, something divine. It’s a piercing examination of memory and longing–the vexed terms by which one can be haunted by one’s own lost faith.

“Ghost Language” will be published in the spring issue of Sycamore Review. We’re also excited to announce that Pamela Schmid’s essay, “Black Roses,” was selected by Jamison as the runner-up and will appear in the upcoming issue of Sycamore Review as well. Here’s what Jamison has to say about Pamela Schmid’s work:

“Black Roses” is a deeply moving …MORE


Flashcard Cover Art


January 1, 2015 – February 1, 2015

Send us your flashiest pieces, no more than 500 words each. First prize is $100, publication online, and publication on a Flashcard that will be distributed with Sycamore Review at AWP. Click here for full submission guidelines.