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
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
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.
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 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!
Click here for directions on how to submit.