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

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

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

2013 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction, featuring judge Cheryl Strayed, open for submissions

We are pleased to announce that the second annual Wabash Prize for Nonfiction is now open, and bestselling author Cheryl Strayed will serve as the final judge. First prize in the contest is $1,000 and publication in the next issue of Sycamore Review. Cheryl Strayed is the acclaimed author of Wild: From Lost to Found on … Continue reading 2013 Wabash Prize for Nonfiction, featuring judge Cheryl Strayed, open for submissions

Results of the First Annual Wabash Prize for Nonfiction

by Shavonne Clarke, Nonfiction Editor We’re excited to share the news about the essays that won our first annual Wabash Nonfiction prize! After much careful reading, guest judge Mary Karr selected Jeremy Collins’ “Papa Don’t Preach” as the winner of Sycamore Review’s 2012 Wabash Nonfiction Prize. The second place essay was Jill Smith’s “Trust Someone.” … Continue reading Results of the First Annual Wabash Prize for Nonfiction

Sycamore Nonfiction Submissions: Storytelling with Voice

By Terrance L. Manning Jr., Assistant Fiction/Non-Fiction Editor Like any reader, I’m looking to be moved. When I read fiction (beyond seeking the essentials of craft), I’m looking for a scene, a moment, even a line of dialogue written so precisely that it sticks with me. The same goes for nonfiction. A good essay doesn’t have to … Continue reading Sycamore Nonfiction Submissions: Storytelling with Voice

Sycamore’s Nonfiction Submissions: What Captivates Us

by Shavonne Clarke, Nonfiction Editor According to novelist, poet and essayist Clive James, “fiction is life with all the dull bits left out.” It’s a mantra I live by. Fiction is life. And of course—as the tri-genred James certainly knows—life is fiction, too. Each of us is the protagonist in our life, that person on … Continue reading Sycamore’s Nonfiction Submissions: What Captivates Us