Contests

2017 Wabash Prizes in Fiction and Poetry

Open Oct 1 – Nov 15

Fiction Judge: ALISSA NUTTING

Poetry Judge: SHANE MCCRAE

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

SUBMIT

 

CONTEST GUIDELINES

Submission Deadline: November 15th, 2017
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 All work must be previously unpublished.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!

 

2017 Wabash Prize in Non-Fiction

CLOSED

Congratulations to our winner, Bajorn Gaylord for his piece “The Beast in His Belly”!

Judge Brian Blanchfield had this to say about the piece: One of the several things the author of “The Beast in His Belly” admits, seemingly surprising himself in the realization, is that he doesn’t much care for Hamlet, whose dilemma he nonetheless revisits every winter as a high school teacher, cursed in such a profession to re-stage afresh considerations of fate and free will, propagating the “fallacious thinking…that our lives matter, that our stories cohere.” This story, about an adult son whose father has died, has died a disappointment to himself (how to avenge that fate?), is at last a reckoning—deceptively sage and disarmingly human. Cancer is a kind of clock, in this essay, certain as a circuit. It charges the thinking, thinking that is rare for its openness and its sharp arrivals.

Look for it in Issue 29.1 this fall!

 

CONTEST GUIDELINES

1. Send one non-fiction piece per submission.

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

3. Additional entries are welcome, but must be accompanied by an additional reading fee.

4. Manuscript pages should be numbered and should include the title of the piece.

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

6. All work must be previously unpublished.

7. Simultaneous submissions are permitted. Please let us know immediately if the piece is accepted elsewhere.

8. Each piece will be read by at least two Sycamore staff members, with the winner selected by the final judge.

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

10. When submitting, be sure to select the Wabash Prize for Non-Fiction 2017 option on Submittable.

If you are not redirected for payment, chances are you accidentally submitted through the regular submission channel. If this is the case, withdraw your work and resubmit, being careful to select the Wabash Prize option.

Questions may be directed to sycamore@purdue.edu.

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

Judges

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

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)