Results of the First Annual Wabash Prize for Nonfiction

by Shavonne Clarke, Nonfiction Editor

We’re excited to share the news about the essays that won our first annual Wabash Nonfiction prize! After much careful reading, guest judge Mary Karr selected Jeremy Collins’ “Papa Don’t Preach” as the winner of Sycamore Review’s 2012 Wabash Nonfiction Prize. The second place essay was Jill Smith’s “Trust Someone.”

Both of these essays will appear in the Winter/Spring issue of Sycamore Review.

Congratulations to our winners and finalists, and thank you to all who submitted. We received an astounding 326 submissions in this first year, and many more poignant, moving submissions than we have room to mention. Our editorial staff enjoyed reading the work of so many talented writers.

Winner: Jeremy Collins, “Papa Don’t Preach”

Jeremy Collins, a native of Decatur, Georgia, teaches writing at Indiana University Southeast. His 2007 essay “Shadow Boxing” was awarded a Pushcart Prize. He is currently at work on a book-length memoir set in the Appalachian mountains of northeast Georgia. Jeremy lives in New Albany, Indiana with his wife Alice and their daughter Rose.

Runner-up: Jill Smith, “Trust Someone”

Jill Smith grew up in Sandusky, OH, and currently lives in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she is pursuing her MFA in creative writing.


Bill Fowler, “Spare Rooms in the House of the Lord”

Amy Kortuem, “Woodsong”

Kathleen McGuire, “Wrecked” and “My Musical Corruption”