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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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Telling Stories Talking Craft

Sycamore Review's collection of interviews with contemporary fiction writers, including Michael Chabon, Richard Ford, Jane Hamilon, and many more, is now available from our publishing partner, Parlor Press.



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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.


Sycamore Review’s 2014 Pushcart Nominations

We are pleased to announce that we have nominated the following authors for the Pushcart Prize:



Nancy Chen Long, “Blazing Black Holes Spotted in Spiral Beauty”

Cintia Santana, “Qasida of Grief”



Richard Froude, “Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead”

Eson Kim, “Up Against”



Julialicia Case “A Certain Kind of Animal”

Nicholas Maistros “The Importance of Being Helpful”


We would like to thank all of our contributors for sharing their work, their time, and their voices with us, so that we may in turn share it all with you.


The Wabash Prize for Poetry and Nonfiction Extended!

The December 1 deadline for the Wabash Prize for Poetry and the Wabash Prize for Nonfiction has been extended until Monday, December 8!

That means you have one more week to submit your fantastic pieces for the chance at the $1000 first place prize, publication, and accolades from Bob Hicok (poetry) or Leslie Jamison (Nonfiction). And, if you’ve already submitted, you can submit again for the discounted reading fee of just $5 per additional poem/essay!

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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