Winners Selected for Wabash Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

2016 Wabash Prize in Fiction, as selected by Adam Johnson Winner: Caleb Tankersley, “Dean”  Johnson: Humor and physical desire always triangulate back to sadness in this young husband’s narrative of his attempts to adjust to his wife’s degenerative illness. No digression, however, will assuage the inevitable, and the final image of a man trying to bypass his wife’s … Continue reading Winners Selected for Wabash Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

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 … Continue reading Winner of 2016 Wabash Prize in Nonfiction Announced

Announcing the 2015 Winners of the Wabash Prizes for Fiction and Poetry!

1st Place Poetry: "Elegy with the Wing of a Bird" by Jody Rambo Mary Szybist had this to say about the winning poem: "I’m moved by the way ‘Elegy with the Wing of a Bird’ inhabits the bewilderment of grief. We sense with the speaker all the ways her mother is and isn’t present after death, … Continue reading Announcing the 2015 Winners of the Wabash Prizes for Fiction and Poetry!

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 … Continue reading Presenting the Winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction

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, … Continue reading 2014 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction Now Open – Judged by Leslie Jamison

Presenting the winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Fiction

In this year’s Wabash Prize for Fiction, judge Rebecca Makkai awarded the top prize to the “surefooted and organic” story “Flotsam” by John Englehardt, with Jasmine Sawers’ “At the Lung” as the runner-up. Rounding out the finalists were: “Spawn of Doctor Macabre” by Steve Trumpeter “Lost in the Flood” by Jordan Farmer “Prince of Nigeria” … Continue reading Presenting the winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Fiction