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

2017 Intro Journals Project Winners


Intro Journals Winners: Poetry

Selected by Leona Sevick

  • “Whale Soup”
    Katie Amundsen, Wichita State University
    Mid-American Review

  • “When I was Little I Punched My Brother and Called It a Love Tap”
    Paige Leland, Grand Valley State University
    Tahoma Literary Review

  • “Kid”
    Alizabeth Leake, Brigham Young University
    Iron Horse Literary Review

  • “The Fossil”
    Erika Mueller, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
    Colorado Review

  • “Lover the Lord Has Left Us”
    C.T. Salazar, The MFA program at Mississippi University for Women
    Tampa Review

  • “The End Road Work Sign Reminded Me that Most Things Cease to Exist”
    Maria McKee, Grand Valley State University
    Puerto del Sol

  • “Venice, Baja California”
    Gabriel Rubi, San Diego State University
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • “Hunger”
    Marcus Jamison, Old Dominion University
    Quarterly West

Honorable Mention

  • “Drowning Girl (after Lichtenstein)”
    Daphne Tredore, University of Memphis

  •  “Larva”
    Avery Taylor, Brigham Young University

  • “Postcard from Los Angeles”
    Hannah Dow, University of Southern Mississippi Center for Writers

  • “Baltimore [...]”
    Jessica Harris, American University

  • “Beste”
    Molly Likovich, Salisbury University

  • “Hummingbirds”
    Sarah McCall, Old Dominion University

  • “I’m writing on your birthday”
    Peyton Prater, University of Arizona

  • “My Mother Sent Cards”
    Natalie Homer, West Virginia University

Intro Journals Winners: Fiction

Selected by Brendan Kiely

  • “South of Eight”
    Derrick Jefferson, American University
    Tahoma Literary Review

  • “Night Moves”
    Renée Branum, University of Montana
    Tampa Review

  • “Honeysuckle Prince”
    Quintessa Knight, Georgia Southern University
    Hayden’s Ferry Review

  • “Breakers”
    Jessica Fokken, Oklahoma State University
    Quarterly West

Honorable Mention

  • “Hit Us Again Why Don’t You”
    Patrick Font, University of Arkansas Program in Creative Writing and Translation

  • “The Bronze Star”
    Gabriel Calle, Adelphi University

  • “Agua Infinita”
    Carmella de los Angeles Guiol, University of South Florida

  • “Glacier”
    Noelle O’Reilly, Ohio State University MFA Program in Creative Writing

Intro Journals Winners: Creative Nonfiction

Selected by Benjamin Busch

  • “My Cartographies”
    Rachel Toliver, Ohio State University MFA Program in Creative Writing
    Mid-American Review

  • “How to Get to Heaven from Colorado”
    Dana Chellman, Colorado State University
    Iron Horse Literary Review

  • “Daughter Tongue”
    Kathleen Blackburn, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Colorado Review

  • “Re-entry”
    Jennifer Watkins, Georgia College
    Tampa Review

Honorable Mention

  • “Every Convenience for the Most Discriminating: Excelsior Springs, MO, According to Its Hotels”
    Dylan Pyles, Kansas State University

  • “The Highboy”
    Richard Saltzberg Florida Atlantic University

  • “Tribal Law”
    Fatmire Ahmetti, New Jersey City University

  • “Running Days”
    Thomas Dai, University of Arizona