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.” … Continue reading Results of the First Annual Wabash Prize for Nonfiction

Wabash Poetry Prize: Why We Want Your Poems in the Sycamore Review

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

Congratulations to Sycamore Poetry Contributors

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

2012 Wabash Poetry Prize, with Judge Nikky Finney

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

Sycamore Nonfiction Submissions: Storytelling with Voice

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

Sycamore’s Nonfiction Submissions: What Captivates Us

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

Mary Karr to Judge Inaugural Nonfiction Prize

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

2012 Wabash Prize for Fiction results!

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!