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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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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

20821087In The Paying Guests, Sarah Waters continues her tradition of weaving a story filled with tension. Waters is known for novels that combine historical elements with plot-driven storylines often fueled by romance. Her first book, Tipping the Velvet, became a BBC miniseries and won the Betty Trask Award. Affinity, her second novel, won the Somerset Maugham Award and the Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award. Her third novel, Fingersmith, won the South Bank Show Award for Literature. Other novels she has written have been shortlisted for the Mail on Sunday / John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, the Man Booker Prize, and the Orange Prize.

The Paying Guests is captivating—it’s nearly six-hundred pages packed with drama. It’s London in the early 1920s and Frances Wray, a woman in her late twenties, lives with her mother in a house empty …MORE


Writing YA: An Interview with Patricia Henley & Elizabeth Stuckey-French

booksEarlier this fall, I found out that Patricia Henley and Elizabeth Stuckey-French co-authored a young adult novel, Where Wicked Starts. I’ve always loved reading YA, but I was especially excited to hear about this publication because Henley and Stuckey-French have both been a part of my education as a writer. My first year in Purdue’s MFA program was Henley’s last before she retired from the university to move closer to family. I was fortunate enough to have her for a semester of workshop, and I remember her encouraging us to write the story only we could write. Stuckey-French, though she doesn’t know it, also taught me. Back in 2003, my first year of college, a textbook she co-authored with Janet Burroway and Ned Stuckey-French, Narrative Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, helped me …MORE


2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction Now Open – Judged by Leslie Jamison

Leslie JamisonWe are pleased to announce that the second annual Wabash Prize for Nonfiction is now open! Bestselling author Leslie Jamison will serve as the final judge.

First prize in the contest is $1,000 and publication in the next issue of Sycamore Review.

Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and the New York Times, where she is a regular columnist for the Sunday Book Review. She was raised in Los Angeles and currently lives in Brooklyn.

The deadline for the 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction is December 1. The $15 entry fee includes a prize copy of …MORE


2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry Now Open – Judged by Bob Hicok

Bob HicokContest season is upon us! Our second big fall contest, the Wabash Prize for Poetry, will be judged this year by none other than Bob Hicok. Interested poets may enter three poems for the submission fee of $15 ($5 for each additional poem) to be considered for the 2014 Wabash Prize, which awards a $1000 honorarium along with publication in the magazine.

Entries fees include a prize copy of the magazine. The contest is open through December 1. For full guidelines, see the contest page.

Bob Hicok’s seventh collection, Elegy Owed (Copper Canyon, 2013), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His previous collection was Words for Empty and Words for Full (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2010). This Clumsy Living (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2007), was awarded the 2008 Bobbitt Prize from the Library of Congress …MORE


Wabash Prize for Poetry and Nonfiction Opens October 15

Start gathering your best poems and most captivating nonfiction. The Wabash Prize for Poetry and the Wabash Prize for Nonfiction will open on October 15! We’re excited to announce that award-winning poet Bob Hicok and acclaimed essayist and novelist Leslie Jamison will be this year’s judges.

First prize in both contests is $1000 and publication in Sycamore Review.

The contest is open through December 1, 2014. For full guidelines, see the contest page.