We're pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Driftless Prizes in Fiction and Poetry!
Fiction judge NoViolet Bulawyo selected Caitlin Fitzpatrick's story “Make This Tame” for the Driftless Prize in Fiction.
Poetry judge Bruce Snider selected Lindsey Alexander's poem “Sleepless in Indiana, I Contemplate the Age-Old Arts” for the Driftless Prize in Poetry.
Both pieces will br published in the spring/summer 2016 issue of Devil's Lake.
Gothataone Moeng, “Glitches”
Laura Chow Reeve, “1000 Year Old Ghosts”
Rafael Richardson-Carillo, “I Could See Them Burning”
Cady Vishniac, “Move”
Brian Clifton, “The Old City”
April Goldman, “Aversion to Past Tense”
Brandon Lewis, “On Prayer”
Jessica Smith, “Teacher”
Shenandoah Sowash, “Intention”
Maggie Woodward, “script notes for nekromantik”
Thanks to all who submitted!
The Driftless Prize is now closed to submissions. Check back for an announcement of the reading period toward the end of the year.
Entries should include two poems totaling five pages or fewer (for poetry) or stories that are no longer than 4,500 words (prose). One entry is defined as one short story or two poems; you may submit up to two entries, but you must submit them separately and pay an entry fee for both.
All work submitted must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions are permitted as long as we are immediately notified if your piece has been accepted elsewhere.
Please do not include your name or any identifying information on the manuscript itself, but only in the “cover letter” box, as all submissions will be read blind.
We are only accepting online entries through Submittable. Please make sure that your account includes a working e-mail address—it's the only way for us to contact you! Unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds for submissions.
The following people are ineligible for entry:
Bruce Snider is the author of two poetry collections, Paradise, Indiana, winner of the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize, and The Year We Studied Women, winner of the Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. A former Wallace Stegner fellow and Jones lecturer at Stanford University, he's also the recipient of a James A. Michener fellowship from the University of Texas at Austin, where he received his MFA in poetry and playwriting. Bruce's other awards include residencies at Yaddo, the Millay Colony, the Amy Clampitt House, and the James Merrill House as well as a fellowship to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference. His poetry and nonfiction have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poetry, VQR, Iowa Review, Ploughshares, Gettysburg Review, Pleiades, Southern Review, and Best American Poetry 2012. He has taught at numerous universities, including Stanford University, the University of Texas at Austin, Saint Mary's College of California, and Connecticut College. He was the Jenny McKean Moore Writer-in-Washington at George Washington University in Washington DC for 2012–2013, and is currently an assistant professor at the University of San Francisco.
NoViolet Bulawayo is the author of We Need New Names (May 2013), which has been recognized with the LA Times Book Prize Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Pen/Hemingway Award, the Etisalat Prize for Literature, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award (second place), and the National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” Fiction Selection. We Need New Names was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Guardian First Book Award, and selected to the New York Times Notable Books of 2013 list, the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers list, and others. NoViolet’s story “Hitting Budapest” won the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing. NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University, where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. NoViolet grew up in Zimbabwe.