This blog post contains a correction: Our first runners-up in nonfiction are Nathan Deuel and Lisa K. Buchanan.
Ploughshares Emerging Writer’s Contest recognizes work by an emerging writer in each of three genres: fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. After receiving thousands of submissions from talented writers, Ploughshares is proud to announce the three winners of the 2013 Emerging Writer’s Contest, chosen by our editors: John Skoyles for poetry, Margot Livesey for fiction, and Ladette Randolph for nonfiction. The winners will each receive $1,000 and be published in the Winter 2013-2014 issue of Ploughshares, edited by the Ploughshares staff editors. All winners and runners-up will also receive a 3-year subscription to Ploughshares.
In poetry our winner is Josephine Yu for her poems “Never Trust a Poem that Begins with a Dream” and “Narcissist Revises Tidal Theory.” Josephine Yu earned an MFA from Georgia State University and a PhD from Florida State University. Her poems have appeared in such journals as The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, River Styx, the Beloit Poetry Journal, Best New Poets 2008, Crab Orchard Review, Meridian, New Letters, Nimrod, Painted Bride Quarterly, and 32 Poems, as well as Old Flame: From the First 10 Years of 32 Poems Magazine. She has been honored with Meridian’s 2010 Editor’s Prize, the New Letters 2010 Poetry Award, and the New Letters 2010–2011 Readers Award for Poetry.
The first runner-up in poetry is Brian Tierney for “A Necklace of Bones Made Out of Birds,” “The Schopenhauer Elegy, or Like the Sokushinbutsu,” “Trying to Remember,” and “Waiting On A Word From The Mines.” Our second runner-up in poetry is Elizabeth Langemak for “Blue Hole,” “Knowing and Not Knowing,” “No Song,” “What Happens Next,” and “Also: A Definition.”
In fiction our winner is Memory Blake Peebles for “The Sugar Bowl.” Memory Blake Peebles grew up in the tiny north Alabama town of Mooresville, where the population hovers around sixty. She was a William Hunter Sharp fellow in creative writing at The University of Edinburgh and a Henry Hoyns fellow at the University of Virginia, where she received her MFA in fiction. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and when she’s not at work in one of the light-filled cubicles at the Writers’ Room of Boston, she’s on the lookout for barbecue and good biscuits. Her work has appeared in Crab Orchard Review and she’s currently finishing her first novel.
The first runner-up in fiction is Randi Beck for “By Morning, New Mercies.” Our second runner-up in fiction is Jai Chakrabarti for “Lilavati’s Fire.”
In nonfiction our winner is Mary Winsor for “Rock-a-bye, Ute.” Mary Winsor has lived in Alaska, Texas, Hawaii, Virginia and all over the Southwest. She considers herself a native Arizonan, since that is where she began writing stories. Winsor’s fiction has been selected for the Raymond Carver Short Story Award and Glimmer Train‘s Top 25, and was recently long listed for the Paris Literary Prize. She is a technical writer for Pearson Education, and lives in Utah with her children.
We have a tie for first runner-up in nonfiction! Our first runners-up are Nathan Deuel for “This Means War” and Lisa K. Buchanan for “A Bedtime Story From Your Future.” The second runner-up is Dorothy Bouzouma for “Zahna.”
The 2013 Emerging Writer’s Contest was open to all writers without a book published before 4/15/14. All submissions were read blind (without author names). Writers currently affiliated with Ploughshares or Emerson College, as a reader, student, staff member, or faculty member, were not eligible to submit.
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