BY MEHDI OKASI, Editor-in-Chief
With the 2008 Wabash prize in poetry finalists sent off to Billy Collins, we at Sycamore are thinking ahead to the next big contest: the 2009 Wabash prize in fiction. Next year the venerable and prolific novelist, memoirist, and short story writer, Mr. Tobias Wolff, will be judging our contest. We at Sycamore couldn’t be more excited to have such a talented, respected, and iconic figure in the field judging our contest. The deadline for submissions will be in mid-March (around the 17th) but more on that will be forthcoming. You should, however, start polishing those manuscripts.
I also wanted to thank everyone who participated in this year’s Wabash prize in poetry contest. This has by far been our most successful contest to date, with close to five hundred entries (thousands of poems). It was very difficult choosing the finalists from such accomplished poets.
Tobias Wolff’s books include two novels, The Barracks Thief and Old School; two memoirs, This Boy’s Life and In Pharaoh’s Army; and three collections of short stories, In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Back in the World, and, most recently, The Night in Question. He has also been the editor of Best American Short Stories, The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, and A Doctor’s Visit: The Short Stories of Anton Chekhov. His work appears regularly in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, and other magazines and literary journals.