From Submissions

Presenting the Winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry

Thank you to everyone who entered the 2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry. From a list of 10 finalists, poetry judge Bob Hicok has chosen the following poems: Winner: Matt Morton, “Windfall” Runner Up: Mark Jay Brewin, Jr.: “Red Hand” Here’s what Bob Hicok has to say about Matt Morton’s winning poem, “Windfall.” I find myself wanting to live in this poem every time I read it. To be held by these places and entranced by the things that seem like a gift – a windfall – to this mind, this poet. I like the mix of missing and having, how…

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…

The Flashcard Contest!

January 1, 2015 – February 1, 2015 Send us your flashiest pieces, no more than 500 words each. First prize is $100, publication online, and publication on a Flashcard that will be distributed with Sycamore Review at AWP. Click here for full submission guidelines.

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.

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.

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 a lucky poet, you catch a bit of the music dying, or glimpse a little afterglow, and this then is your humble poem. Similar things have been said before—by poets many times over, by admirers of poetry and the other arts, and most enthusiastically perhaps,…