2014 Writing Contests

Congratulations To Our Contest Winners

Our judges have selected winners for our annual writing contests. We appreciate everyone who submitted, and were lucky to review your work. Visit us again in the fall, when we’ll announce next year’s contest judges and the 2015 contest deadlines. You can read their work, listed below, and many more selections of poetry and prose in our new online issue, Phoebe 43.2. 

2014 Contest Winners

2014 Greg Grummer Poetry Award 

Judged by Eduardo C. Corral

Winner: dawn lonsinger, Swap

Runner-Up: Michael Mlekoday, from I Think I’m Almost Ready to See the Ocean 

2014 Annual Fiction Contest

Judged by Benjamin Percy

Winner:  Steph Kilen, Pie Girl

2014 Annual Creative Nonfiction Contest

Judged by Cheryl Strayed

Winner: Bahiyyih El-Shabbaz, The Parts

Runner-Up: Sayantani Dasgupta, Oscillation

Update: Contest Submissions Have Now Closed

Thanks to everyone who submitted your work to our contests this year. We were blown away by all the great writing we received, and will announce the winners with the publication of our spring online issue.

2014 Contest Announcement

We are now accepting submissions for our annual fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry contests. The winners will be published this spring in Phoebe 43.2. We encourage you to take a look at our past contest winners. We are thrilled to be working with such talented judges, and look forward to reading your work. Submit online and send us the best you’ve got!

The Basics

  • All entries should include a cover letter with the submission’s title and author’s contact information (name, mailing address, telephone number, and email address).
  • Your name and contact information must not appear anywhere else on the manuscript.
  • You may submit multiple entries, but must pay an entry fee for each new submission.
  • We will not accept mailed submissions. Please use our online submission manager.

Greg Grummer Poetry Award

Judge: Eduardo C. Corral

DEADLINE: UPDATED: March 8, 2014
PRIZE: $1,000, publication in Phoebe 43.12, and a one year subscription.
SUBMISSION SIZE: Up to 4 poems per submission, totaling no more than 10 pages.

2014 Greg Grummer Poetry Judge Eduardo C. Corral

2014 Greg Grummer Poetry Judge Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral is the author of Slow Lightning, winner of the 2011 Yale Series of Younger Poets competition. He’s the recipient of a Whiting Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He currently lives in New York City.



Winter Fiction Contest

Judge: Benjamin Percy

DEADLINE: UPDATED: March 8, 2014
PRIZE: $1,000, publication in Phoebe 43.2, and a one year subscription.
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 7,500 words. We will not consider novel excerpts.

2014 Winter Fiction Contest Judge Benjamin Percy.

Benjamin Percy is the author of two novels, Red Moon and The Wilding, as well as two books of short stories, Refresh, Refresh and The Language of Elk. His fiction and nonfiction have been read on National Public Radio, performed at Symphony Space, and published by Esquire (where he is a contributing editor), GQ, Time, Men’s Journal, Outside, The Wall Street Journal, The Paris Review, McSweeney’s, and Tin House. His honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Whiting Writers’ Award, two Pushcart Prizes, the Plimpton Prize, and inclusion in Best American Short Stories and Best American Comics.

He is currently at work on the screenplay adaptation of The Wilding for filmmaker Tanya Wexler (Hysteria) and on a novel called The Dead Lands. He has taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Currently he is the writer-in-residence at St. Olaf College and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Pacific University.

Annual Creative Nonfiction Prize

Judge: Cheryl Strayed

DEADLINE: UPDATED: March 8, 2014
PRIZE: $750, publication in Phoebe 43.2, and a one year subscription.
SUBMISSION SIZE: 1 piece per submission, up to 5,000 words.

2014 Creative Nonfiction Contest Judge Cheryl Strayed.

Cheryl Strayed is the author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Torch, and the guest editor of The Best American Essays 2013.  Wild, a #1 New York Times bestseller, is the winner of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award, the Indie Choice Award, an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award; it was also chosen as the first selection for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0.  Strayed’s work has appeared in The Best American Essays, The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, Vogue, Salon, The Missouri Review, The Sun, and The Rumpus, where she has written the “Dear Sugar” column since 2010. Strayed received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and her MFA from Syracuse University. She lives in Portland, Oregon with her family.


  10 comments for “2014 Writing Contests

  1. January 6, 2014 at 12:03 pm

    How very rude, ungallant and ungentlepersonly of you R W Thompson! I happen to be both female and five syllabically endowed ;)

    • Michael Eltrich
      January 7, 2014 at 11:47 am

      Endowed … five syllabically? Oh my.

  2. Carol
    February 5, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Wow. I thought my poor head was full of words that must come out, but others have it far worse.

  3. Jenelle Jones
    February 8, 2014 at 6:20 am

    Somehow, there is that slippery thing called LUCK involved in getting noticed as a writer.Maybe just seeing that in black and white from time to time helps?

  4. April
    February 24, 2014 at 4:31 am

    Does the contest allow for previously published work? The details do not specify. Thank you.

  5. Dino Parenti
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    Do you guys allow simultaneous subs and/or reprints, or originals?

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