Eric Van Hoose Gene likes the sequence—placing the order, undressing, waiting. He likes the suspense almost as much as the moment when the deliveryman arrives (it is, usually, a man). His phone is angled against a piece of his mother’s pottery on an end table in the living room, its camera pointed at the front … Continue reading Pizza
Stacy Lee My periods left me two years ago. The last was dark brown. This morning, I went to the market to pick up sea salt and laundry detergent. The lighting in the store was a murky white, tint of green. A woman and her daughter shopped in the aisle. The daughter wore a bow … Continue reading Mary Rosenthal
Alicia Wright Jamestown Settlement, Virginia, 1609 We grasp at everything but clasp nothing but wind. To have had my girlhood first at sea & here, in leafy canopy, silver cedars, oaks & wailing, owls & otherwise in timbered dark— I’m not like them, their island tongues unraveling in colony’s weak net, vowels slack-jawed with winter’s … Continue reading Jane in Starving Time
B.G. Gaylord In August of 2010, three months after my father died, my mother brought me a plastic grocery bag full of my dead father’s socks. She said Dad was proud of the socks and would want me to have them. Apparently, he’d found them at Rural King for a good price and stocked up. … Continue reading The Beast in His Belly
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
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
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!
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!
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 … Continue reading Presenting the Winners of the 2014 Wabash Prize for Poetry
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