Intro Journals Project

The Intro Journals Project is a literary competition for the discovery and publication of the best new works by students currently enrolled in AWP member programs. Program directors are invited to nominate students' works, which are selected for publication in participating literary journals, including Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, Tahoma Literary Review, and Tampa Review.

2019 General Editor

Dave Essinger, University of Findlay

2019 Intro Journals Project Winners


Intro Journals Winners: Poetry

Selected by Stephanie L. Harper

  • “Self-Portrait as Minotaur”
    Jacqueline Balderrama, Utah University
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • "How Could This Be a Time for Music?"
    Nishat Ahmed, Old Dominion University MFA Program
    Tampa Review

  • “kintsugi"
    Grace Anderson, Normandale AFA in Creative Writing
    Puerto del Sol

  • “The Waiting House”
    Caitlin Wilson, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Iron Horse Literary Review

  • “Heron”
    McKayla Conahan, Virginia Commonwealth University
    Mid-American Review

  • “Dear Anhedonia”
    Carrie McGath, University of Illinois, Chicago
    Tahoma Literary Review

  • “This Motion, These Whispers”
    Emma DePanise, Salisbury University
    Quarterly West

  • “Properties of Wonder”
    Benjamin Pearce Miller, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Colorado Review

Honorable Mention

  • “The Last Beekeeper”
    Samyak, Utah University

  • “Elegy for a White-Noise Machine”
    Emma DePanise, Salisbury University

  • “At Nightfall”
    Kelly Zanotti, Hollins University

  • “St. John in the Wilderness”
    Joanie Braddock, University of North Carolina, Asheville

  • “Syampu”
    Hernan Ramos, University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Program

  • “Blood”
    Charlie Peck, Purdue

  • “Our Body Restless”
    Makensi Ceriani, Virginia Tech MFA Program

  • “I wrapped the animals I skinned around your hands and neck”
    Jacob Lindberg, University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation

Intro Journals Winners: Fiction

Selected by Robert James Russell

  • “Momma Had A River Voice”
    Christy Nicole Helms, Georgia College
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • “Galilee, if you Squint”
    Katerina Ivanov, University of Arizona MFA
    Iron Horse Literary Review

  •  “The Root of My Family”
    Mirri Glasson-Darling, Virginia Tech MFA Program
    Mid-American Review

Honorable Mention

  • “Finding Lula”
    David Aubuchon, University of Alaska, Fairbanks

  • “The Fairy Tale Machine”
    Gwendolyn Edward University of Missouri, Columbia

  • “A Unicorn in Paris”
    Natalie Havlina, Florida International University

  • “The West Is Where My Mother Is”
    Katherine Anfinson, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • “Gosh”
    Laura Jok, University of Illinois, Chicago

Intro Journals Winners: Creative Nonfiction

Selected by Lara Lillibridge

  • “Requirements for the Master of Arts in English”
    Sarah Helen, University of Mississippi MFA
    Quarterly West

  • “Pretty”
    Saheeda Jabriel Wilson, Georgia College
    Puerto del Sol

  • “Visitation”
    Jen Samnons, Miami University
    Tahoma Literary Review

  • “The Teacher Doesn't Jump in Front of the Bullet”
    Melanie Farmer, University of Central Florida MFA
    Tampa Review

  • “Mr. Fantastic Measures Conifers”
    Brian Czyzyk, Purdue
    Colorado Review

Honorable Mention

  • “The Yellow Hammer”
    Anna Davis Abel, West Virginia University

  • “And I Will Give You As Many Roast Bones As You Need”
    Sean Iroman, University of Missouri, Columbia

  • “Counting by Threes”
    Jill Deasy, Pacific University Master of Fine Arts in Writing