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.” … Continue reading Results of the First Annual Wabash Prize for Nonfiction
By Jessica Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief As those on the East Coast grapple with the effects of Hurricane Sandy, we considered switching from our current submission manager to corked bottles and artfully singed olde-timey missives. Instead, in order to ensure that everyone who would like to submit to the Wabash Prize this year is able, we are … Continue reading 2012 Wabash Poetry Prize Extended to Friday, Nov. 9
By Matt Kilbane, Co-Poetry Editor Here’s something we know, whether we know it or not: there is only One Poem. To put it uncomfortably, and in no way plainly: this One Poem burns/floats/transpires always beneath/above/within us, pulsing in all its obscure glory and redolent music, as conduit to the human soul and psyche. When you’re … Continue reading Wabash Poetry Prize: Why We Want Your Poems in the Sycamore Review
By Jessica Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief From the recently released Issue 24.2: Michael Mlekoday (“O Maker”), has won the 2012 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize. His manuscript, The Dead Eat Everything, will be published by Kent University Press. When we received “O Maker,” we were impressed by its successful high-wire act of balancing between humor and poignancy. … Continue reading Congratulations to Sycamore Poetry Contributors
by Dallas Woodburn, Fiction Editor Congrats to issue 24.1 contributor Claire Vaye Watkins on the publication of her first collection of stories, Battleborn. Antonya Nelson, previous judge for our Wabash Prize for Fiction, wrote a terrific review of Battleborn for the New York Times in which she concludes, “Readers will share in the environs of … Continue reading Congrats to Claire Vaye Watkins!
By Jessica Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief With the Nonfiction Prize now closed, we are thrilled to officially announce that the 2012 Wabash Prize for Poetry will be judged by Nikky Finney. The winner will receive $1,000 and publication. In addition to the 2011 National Book Award-winning collection Head Off & Split, she is the author of three other … Continue reading 2012 Wabash Poetry Prize, with Judge Nikky Finney
By Terrance L. Manning Jr., Assistant Fiction/Non-Fiction Editor Like any reader, I’m looking to be moved. When I read fiction (beyond seeking the essentials of craft), I’m looking for a scene, a moment, even a line of dialogue written so precisely that it sticks with me. The same goes for nonfiction. A good essay doesn’t have to … Continue reading Sycamore Nonfiction Submissions: Storytelling with Voice
by Shavonne Clarke, Nonfiction Editor According to novelist, poet and essayist Clive James, “fiction is life with all the dull bits left out.” It’s a mantra I live by. Fiction is life. And of course—as the tri-genred James certainly knows—life is fiction, too. Each of us is the protagonist in our life, that person on … Continue reading Sycamore’s Nonfiction Submissions: What Captivates Us
By Jessica Jacobs, Editor-in-Chief Sycamore Review is proud to announce that best-selling memoirist and award-winning poet Mary Karr will be selecting the winner of the 2012 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction, who will receive $1,000 and publication. All submissions will be considered for publication. Since 2005, the Wabash Prizes have celebrated new and established writers of fiction and … Continue reading Mary Karr to Judge Inaugural Nonfiction Prize
by Conor Broughan, Fiction Editor After careful reading, guest judge Aimee Bender has selected Cate Fricke’s story “Fox and Girl: A Bestial Romance” as the winner of Sycamore Review’s 2012 Wabash Fiction Prize. Aimee Bender said of the prize winning story: “First off, this story charmed me completely, gloriously. The author has a beautiful sense of the visual; … Continue reading 2012 Wabash Prize for Fiction results!