Contests

2018 Wabash Prize in Nonfiction

Submissions open March 1 – April 15

First prize: $1000 and publication in Sycamore Review

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Our final judge is Blake Butler. Butler is the author of five book-length works of fiction, including 300,000,000, Sky Saw, There is No Year, Scorch Atlas, and Ever, as well as the nonfictional Nothing: A Portrait of Insomnia. His short fiction, interviews, reviews, and essays have appeared widely, including in The Believer, The New York Times, Bomb, Bookforum, and as an ongoing column at Vice. He is a founding editor of HTMLGIANT and currently serves as editor of the Fanzine. He lives in Atlanta.

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CONTEST GUIDELINES – WABASH PRIZE IN NONFICTION

1. Send one piece of creative nonfiction, up to 25 pages.

2. A reading fee of $20 (submitted online) must accompany each submission. The reading fee includes a copy of the prize issue.

3. Multiple submissions are allowed, though they must be accompanied by an additional reading fee.

4. Pages should be numbered.

5. All entries will be read blind. Information that identifies the author should NOT appear on the manuscript itself or in the file name.

6. All work must be previously unpublished.

7. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

8. Each piece will be read by at least two Sycamore staffers, with the winner selected by the category’s final judge, Blake Butler.

9. All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in Sycamore Review.

10. When submitting, be sure to select “2018 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction” on Submittable.

11. If you are personally affiliated with the judge, please do not submit to the contest at this time.

Questions may be directed to sycamore@purdue.edu.

Click here to go to our Submittable page. We look forward to reading your entry!

 

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2017 Wabash Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

Submissions are closed. Click here to see the judges’ choices!

2017 Fiction Judge: ALISSA NUTTING

2017 Poetry Judge: SHANE MCCRAE

First Prize for each: $1000 and publication in Sycamore Review

CONTEST GUIDELINES – WABASH PRIZES IN FICTION AND POETRY

Submissions open October 1 – November 15

1. For fiction submissions, send one piece of up to 25 pages. For poetry submissions, send up to three poems of no more than six total pages (all poems should be compiled into a single document).

2. A reading fee of $20 (submitted online) must accompany each submission. The reading fee includes a copy of the prize issue.

3. Multiple submissions are allowed, though they must be accompanied by an additional reading fee.

4. Pages should be numbered.

5. All entries will be read blind. Information that identifies the author should NOT appear on the manuscript itself or in the file name.

6. All work must be previously unpublished.

7. Simultaneous submissions are acceptable. Please notify us immediately upon acceptance elsewhere.

8. Each piece will be read by at least two Sycamore staffers, with the winner selected by the category’s final judge (Alissa Nutting for fiction, Shane McCrae for poetry).

9. All contest submissions will be considered for regular inclusion in Sycamore Review.

10. When submitting, be sure to select “2017 Wabash Prize for Fiction” or “2017 Wabash Prize for Poetry” on Submittable.

11. If you are personally affiliated with the judge, please do not submit to that genre.

Questions may be directed to sycamore@purdue.edu.

Click here to go to our Submittable page. We look forward to reading your entry!

 

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Flash Prose Contest

Submissions are closed. Results will be announced in early March.

First Prize: $1000, online publication, and publication on a flashcard that will be distributed by Sycamore Review at AWP

CONTEST GUIDELINES – FLASH PROSE

1. Entries may be up to 500 words in length. Any type of prose—fiction, nonfiction, other?—will be considered.

2. A reading fee of $5 (submitted online through Submittable) must accompany each submission.

3. Multiple submissions are welcome. Please submit each piece individually.

4. All entries will be read blind. Information that identifies the author should not appear in the manuscript itself or its file name.

5. Submissions must be previously unpublished.

6. Simultaneous submissions are welcome. Please withdraw the submission upon acceptance elsewhere.

7. Each entry will be read by at least two Sycamore Review editors, with the winner selected by an editorial vote.

8. All contest entries will be considered for regular inclusion in Sycamore Review.

Questions may be directed to sycamore@purdue.edu.

Click here to submit to the contest!

 

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Judges

Alissa Nutting (Fiction 2017)

Shane McCrae (Poetry 2017)

Brian Blanchfield (Nonfiction 2017)

Adam Johnson (Fiction 2016)

Reginald Dwayne Betts (Poetry 2016)

Michelle Tea (Nonfiction 2016)

Janet Burroway (Fiction 2015)

Mary Szybist (Poetry 2015)

Rebecca Makkai (Fiction 2014)

C.D. Wright (Poetry 2013)

Cheryl Strayed (Nonfiction 2013)

Charles Baxter (Fiction 2013)

Louise Glück (Poetry 2012)

Antonya Nelson (Fiction 2011)

Jane Hirshfield (Poetry 2010)

Peter Ho Davies (Fiction 2010)

Mark Doty (Poetry 2009)

Tobias Wolff (Fiction 2009)

Billy Collins (Poetry 2008)

Richard Bausch (Fiction 2008)

Eavan Boland (Poetry 2007)

Dan Chaon (Fiction 2007)

Ellen Bryant Voigt (Poetry 2006)

Janet Burroway (Fiction 2006)

Tony Hoagland (Poetry 2005)

Winners

Eric Van Hoose (Fiction 2017)

Alicia Wright (Poetry 2017)

Bajorn Gaylord (Nonfiction 2017)

Caleb Tankersley (Fiction 2016)

Chelsea Dingman (Poetry 2016)

Kristen Nichols (Nonfiction 2016)

Alexander Lumens (Fiction 2015)

Jody Rambo (Poetry 2015)

John Englehardt (Fiction 2014)

Cintia Santana (Poetry 2013)

Richard Froude (Nonfiction 2013)

Angie Kim (Fiction 2013)

Maya Jewell Zeller (Poetry 2012)

Joe B. Sills (Fiction 2011)

Nancy K. Pearson (Poetry 2010)

Adam Prince (Fiction 2010)

Lizzie Hutton (Poetry 2009)

Rachel Furey (Fiction 2009)

Jim Tilley (Poetry 2008)

Matthew Simmons (Fiction 2008)

Jude Nutter (Poetry 2007)

Jacob M. Appel (Fiction 2007)

Cindy May Murphy (Poetry 2006)

Jeff P. Jones (Fiction 2006)

Anna Journey (Poetry 2005)