From Nonfiction

Winner of 2016 Wabash Prize in Nonfiction Announced

We would like to congratulate Kristin Nichols on winning first place in our 2016 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction with her essay, “Young Men Fall.” We would also like to recognize the excellence of Bob Brunk’s essay, “The Smell of Sunlight on Stones,” our runner-up in the contest. Congratulations Kristin and Bob! Michelle Tea, the final judge in our contest, had the following to say about these two essays: 1st Place: “Young Men Fall” I was taken with this story from the start, intrigued by the author’s strategy for sharing it (as it must be shared) with others.. Such a critical story, the passing…

Non-Fiction Contest Now Open

Submit your creative non-fiction from March 1st to April 15 for a chance to win $1000. Our judge? None other than the fabulous memoirist and novelist, Michelle Tea. It costs $20. Good luck!  

Presenting the Winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction

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…

Sycamore Review’s 2014 Pushcart Nominations

We are pleased to announce that we have nominated the following authors for the Pushcart Prize: Poetry Nancy Chen Long, “Blazing Black Holes Spotted in Spiral Beauty” Cintia Santana, “Qasida of Grief” Nonfiction Richard Froude, “Things to do in Denver When You’re Dead” Eson Kim, “Up Against” Fiction 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 Wabash Prize for Poetry and Nonfiction Extended!

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.

2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction Now Open – Judged by Leslie Jamison

We are pleased to announce that the second annual Wabash Prize for Nonfiction is now open! Bestselling author Leslie Jamison will serve as the final judge. First prize in the contest is $1,000 and publication in the next issue of Sycamore Review. Leslie Jamison is the author of The Empathy Exams, a New York Times bestselling essay collection, and a novel, The Gin Closet, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Fiction Award. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Oxford American, A Public Space, Boston Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, The Believer, and the New York Times, where she is a regular columnist…

Wabash Prize for Poetry and Nonfiction Opens October 15

Start gathering your best poems and most captivating nonfiction. The Wabash Prize for Poetry and the Wabash Prize for Nonfiction will open on October 15!  We’re excited to announce that award-winning poet Bob Hicok and acclaimed essayist and novelist Leslie Jamison will be this year’s judges. First prize in both contests is $1000 and publication in Sycamore Review. The contest is open through December 1, 2014. For full guidelines, see the contest page.

Wabash Prize for Poetry and Nonfiction Opens October 15

Start gathering your best poems and most captivating nonfiction. The Wabash Prize for Poetry and the Wabash Prize for Nonfiction will open on October 15!  We’re excited to announce that award-winning poet Bob Hicok and acclaimed essayist and novelist Leslie Jamison will be this year’s judges. First prize in both contests is $1000 and publication in Sycamore Review. The contest is open through December 1, 2014. For full guidelines, see the contest page.

Witness & Scrutiny: An Interview with John W. Evans

John W. Evans’s memoir Young Widower (University of Nebraska Press, $19.95) begins with the author imagining his place in a bookshop’s self-help aisle. Here he finds the cloying jargon, the “wistful elders look[ing] out plaintively from dust jackets,” but nothing that resonates with his experience: his wife, Katie, was mauled by a bear while the couple was hiking in the Carpathian Mountains. She was 30, Evans 29. Wandering the aisle, Evans says, “I tried to imagine the subsection where I would find some particular instruction after Katie’s death: Personal Growth- Grief- Animal Attack- Bear- Coward Personal Growth- Grief- Young Widower- Survivor-…

Wabash Prize for Nonfiction 2013 Sneak Peek!

Here’s a little taste of Richard Froude’s winning essay, “Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead.” “The truth is I have not been sleeping well. My wife and I are expecting our first child in three month’s time. For the first fifteen weeks I was convinced that both she and the baby were going to die. Now I am only afraid. For many years my biggest fear was that I would find out something about myself that I could not change and could not stand, something that had always been obvious to others. I wrote myself a note on…