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 Artful Dodge, Colorado Review, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Iron Horse Literary Review, Mid-American Review, Puerto del Sol, Quarterly West, and Tampa Review.


Nomination packets should be postmarked by
December 1, 2015 and mailed to:

      Susan Streeter Carpenter
      Department of English
      Bluffton University
      1 University Drive
      Bluffton, OH 45817-2104

2015 Intro Journals Project Winners

Intro Journals Winners: Poetry

Selected by Philip Metres

  • “City Resident”
    Simon Neely, St. Mary’s College of California MFA in Creative Writing
    Colorado Review

  • “When Asked How Many, I Didn’t Know”
    Austin Anderson, Oregon State University—Cascades, Low-residency MFA in Creative Writing
    Iron Horse Review

  • “Thank You When I’m an Axe”
    Emily Skaja, Purdue University MFA program
    Mid American Review

  • “Ancestor”
    Rajiv Mohabir, The University of Hawai’I at Manoa
    Quarterly West

  • “To Delete, Press Seven”
    Joshua Flaccavento, SUNY Buffalo
    Artful Dodge

  • “Sinus Amorous”
    Benjamin Voigt, University of Alabama
    Tampa Review

  • “Blackout”
    Abigail Kerstetter, Colorado State University
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • “She Shipped Her Cock Priority”
    Joseph Gordon, University of San Francisco MFA in Writing Program
    Puerto Del Sol

Honorable Mention

  • “Party Crashers”
    Hannah Dow, Center for Writers, University of Southern Mississippi

  • “The Daughters of Le Vallée des Singes”
    Raye Hendrix, Auburn University Creative Writing Program

  • “Spike, Javelin, Harpoon”
    Cait Weiss, The Ohio State University MFA Program in Creative Writing

  • “Oh, Io”
    Alison Thompson,  Miami University Creative Writing Program

Intro Journals Winners: Fiction

Selected by Erin McGraw

  • “No One Can Tell You What to Keep”
    James Clark, Stephen F. Austin State University
    Iron Horse Review

  • “The Seven Deaths of the Family Contreras”
    Molly Olguin, The Ohio State University MFA Program in Creative Writing
    Quarterly West

  • “The Hyphenates of Jackson County”
    Theodore Wheeler, Creighton University MFA in Creative Writing
    Artful Dodge

Honorable Mention

  • “The Narrators”
    Joshua Sheridan, The College of Saint Rose MFA in Creative Writing

  • “Hobophobia”
    Alysandra Dutton, Hiram College

  • “Goshen Pass”
    Michael Alessi, Old Dominion University MFA Creative Writing Program

  • “Acolytes”
    Brett Puryear, University of Montana MFA In Creative Writing

  • “Big House”
    Matthew Cherry, University of Central Oklahoma

  • “Ruminations of a Withered Apple Sapling”
    Charlie Sterchi, Auburn University

Intro Journals Winners: Creative Nonfiction

Selected by Sue William Silverman

  • “Inside the Chönyid Bardo”
    Jan Becker, Florida International University MFA Program
    Colorado Review

  • “A Gathering of Then and Now”
    Melissa Matthewson, Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA/Writing Program
    Mid American Review

  • “Nausicaa”
    Emily Geminder, University of Missouri-Kansas City
    Tampa Review

  • “How to Write A War Poem”
    Micah Fields, University of Montana
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • “A Matter of National Security”
    Jason Harrington, University of Mississippi
    Puerto Del Sol

Honorable Mention

  • “First Kiss”
    Katie Zeitz, Goddard College BFA Program in Creative Writing

  • “No-see-ums”
    Jan Bindas-Tenney, University of Arizona Creative Writing MFA Program

  • “epigraph : in response to circles”
    Angelica Maria Barraza, Naropa University Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics