Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes!
Winner of the 2015 William Richey Short Fiction Contest: “Dream Club” by Kelly Morris“‘Dream Club’ made me laugh, many times, and also it seemed utterly real– the dialogue is spot-on, and I heard each person sitting around the circle talking. It’s inane, this dream club, and it also shows something of our floundering in the mysteries of the world, and this narrator’s deep investment and love for Mallory and inability to say a thing. The writer has a distinct and appealing voice.” – Aimee Bender
- Paul Handley, “Game Changers” (runner-up, “so riskily itself, so odd and funny and smart” – Aimee Bender)
- Taryn Nakamura, “(Un-)Open the Door” (“I enjoyed the voice very much” – Aimee Bender)
- Amy Foster Myer, “Before and After for 200, Alex”
- Frank Rizzuto, “October 1943”
- Kate Cantrill, “Meeting House”
- Kelly Morris, “Dream Club”
- Natalie Lund, “Uniboob”
- John Yunker, “Free Range”
- Midge Raymond, “Infant in Arms”
- John Stintzi, “Grampa’s Bag of Bubonic’s Brood”
Winner of the 2015 Inaugural Creative Non-Fiction Contest: “Pleasure” by Jake Little
- Sean Ironman, “Hank Canine Ironman”
- Lori Brack, “Touching the Buffalo”
- Linda Hummel, “Bertha’s Hands”
- Gary McDowell, “What Is Found There: On Beauty”
- Adriana Paramo, “Eating Ali’s Mother”
- Megan Kerns, “This is East Tennessee Punk Rock”
Winner of the 2015 Pocataligo Poetry Prize: “Tanager” by Anna Scotti“The sensuous dance the poet creates between the lives and bodies of the birds and the lives and bodies of the women is a tender frighting one. The rhythm of the long prose lines map a geography for the poem that the poet beautifully controls. The last word of the poem is felt long after the poem ends. It resounds and reverberates like a struck tambourine hidden beneath a cloth. This is a beautiful poetic rendering.” –Nikky Finney
- Joshua Bennett, “In Defense of Damnation”
- Emily Cole, “Asked If I Miss My Mother, I Say I Miss the House”
- Aaron Coleman, “Bridge Named Chain of Rocks”
- Alysia Harris, “Feast with Our Bodies on the Table,” “Salome Works the Pole at Onyx,” and “The Rosary I Have Made of Your Name Gives Me Indigestion”
- Jennifer Key, “Winter Solstice”
- Anna Scotti, “Tanager”
- Mark Wagenaar, “Sweet Edge”
- Renia White, “to intrude”
Issue 22.1 Contributor List
Yemassee is proud to announce our contributors for Issue 22.1, set to launch this April at AWP!
- Matt Bell
- Chelsie Bryant
- John Jodzio
- Mary Miller
- Salvatore Pane
- Meg Pokrass
- Amy Scharmann
- Pete Stevens
- Grace Bauer
- Jenny Boully
- Lauren Camp
- Christina Cook
- Caroline Crew
- Chelsea Dingman
- James Ellenberger
- Mariela Griffon
- LA Johnson
- Rachel Mindell
- Thorpe Moeckel
- Dominick Parris
- Dustin Pearson
- Simon Perchik
- Justin Runge
- Caitlin Scarano
- Maureen Thorson
- Jeanann Verlee
- Corrie White
- Ruth Williams
- Chase Edwards
- Matthew Gavin Frank
- Elizabeth Horneber
- Robert Rebein
2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes
We’re excited to announce that submissions for our 2015 Yemassee Writing Prizes with $1750 in awards are now open!
- The 2015 William Richey Short Fiction Contest will be judged by author Aimee Bender (The Color Master, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt). $20 to enter, $1000 + publication to the winner.
- The 2015 Pocataligo Poetry Contest will be judged by National Book Award-winning poet Nikky Finney (Head Off & Split). $10 to enter, $500 + publication to the winner.
- The 2015 Inaugural Non-Fiction Contest will be judged by author Paul Bogard (The End of Night). $5 to enter, $250 + publication to the winner.
We’ve made a few changes this year — we have added a non-fiction contest and all three of our contests (the William Richey Short Fiction Contest, the Pocataligo Poetry Contest, and the Inaugural Non-Fiction Contest) are open right now until January 15, 2015. All submissions will be considered for publication in the magazine. Additionally, entrants have the option of signing up for a one-year subscription at the amazingly low price of $2!
Details & submission guidelines available on our Submittable page.
Yemassee Releases Issue 21.2!
Brand new Issue 21.2 (Spring/Summer 2014) is now available for purchase via Submittable.
Issue 21. 2 features:
- Ross White’s winning poem from Yemassee‘s 2014 Pocataligo Poetry Prize, as well as poetry from the runners-up, Catherine Bresner and Lois Harrod;
- Fiction from the runners-up in Yemassee‘s 2013 William Richey Short Fiction contest, Michael Cody and Barrett Warner;
- New fiction from Michael Czyzniejewski and Katherine Zlabek;
- New poetry from Caylin Capra-Thomas, Karen Craigo, Julie Henson, Dara Lyn-Shrager, and Rebecca Suzan Watts;
- Essays from Kat Moore and Barbara March;
- An interview with David Mitchell, author of, among other great works, the novel Cloud Atlas;
- And beautiful artwork from our featured artist, Chambers Austelle!