2019 Intro Journals Project Winners

2019 General Editor

Dave Essinger, University of Findlay

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