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.

2018 General Editor

Dave Essinger, University of Findlay

2018 Intro Journals Project Winners


Intro Journals Winners: Poetry

Selected by Mary Biddinger

  • “Landscape with Sharp Rocks”
    Mary Maroste, Western Michigan University
    Mid-American Review

  • "My Daughter Forgets to Lock the Door"
    Lorie Parker Matejowsky, University of Central Florida, MFA program
    Tahoma Literary Review

  • “The only reason I unpacked was the insomnia”
    Anne Livingston, Grand Valley State University
    Iron Horse Literary Review

  • "The Cicadas"
    Brian Clifton, University of North Texas, MA program
    Colorado Review

  • "Emarginate”
    Liza Flum, University of Utah
    Tampa Review

  • "Beyond Understanding"
    Heather Myers, West Virginia University, MFA program
    Puerto del Sol

  • "What Came Looking for Me"
    Kevin Reese, Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • "Blue Collar Brown"
    Anuradha Bhowmik, Virginia Tech
    Quarterly West

Honorable Mention

  • "Eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos at Mom's Grave"
    Jessica Tanck, University of Illinois, MFA program

  • “Wild Cactus”
    Jordan Bissell, American University

  • “Abrash”
    Kat Neis, College of Wooster

  • “Headwaters”
    Catie Young, Colorado State University

  • “& The Dirt”
    Samantha Bryan, University of Alabama

  • “In the Public Restrooms”
    Brooke Petersen, San Diego State University, MFA program

  • “Nature Lessons: Tibet-Butler Preserve”
    Emma Reinhardt, University of Central Florida, MFA program

  • “Before Garrison Keillor”
    Lisa Buckton, Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA program

Intro Journals Winners: Fiction

Selected by David James Poissant

  • "Separation Agreement”
    Jason Nafziger, University of Illinois, MFA program
    Tahoma Literary Review

  • "Three Boys from Felton High School Go to War”
    Allyson Hoffman, University of South Florida, MFA program
    Mid-American Review

  • "Glossary for a Miscarriage”
    Emily Dyer Barker, University of Utah
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • "Phlogiston"
    Sheldon Costa, Ohio State University, MFA program
    Quarterly West

Honorable Mention

  • "River through a Half-Burnt Woods”
    Elsa Nekola, University of Mississippi, MFA program

  • "A Part of Some Eighteen”
    Mariana Samuda, Chapman University

  • "Bird of New York”
    Peyton Coffman, Hendrix College

  • "Listening to Birds”
    Heather De Bel, University of Maryland

Intro Journals Winners: Creative Nonfiction

Selected by Michele Filgate

  • “9:47”
    Emily Harnden, Colorado State University
    Puerto del Sol

  • "The First Time”
    Brenda Taulbee, San Diego State University, MFA program
    Iron Horse Literary Review

  • "On Worry”
    Erica Berry, University of Minnesota, MFA program
    Colorado Review

  • "The Horizon Has a Way of Disappearing”
    Jennifer Key, University of Mississippi, MFA program
    Tampa Review

Honorable Mention

  • “White Sedans”
    Paul Van Dyke, Normandale Community College, AFA program

  • “Our Matriarch, the Monster”
    Ross Gormley, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, MFA program

  • “Skinned”
    Kristie Johnson, Georgia College

  • “The Opposite of Hallelujah”
    Hannah Hindley, University of Arizona