Please send as much poetry or prose as you like. Whole manuscripts are welcome. Send writings of which you are the sole author and that were not written earlier than 1999. Published and unpublished writings are equally welcome. To get a sense of our aesthetics, see our previous volumes. All work will be read by the editors. Sarah Gridley will judge the finalists. Multiple entries are welcome. The deadline is January 31st, 2020. The final decision will be announced here in late winter 2020. In the event that none of the entries meets our standards, no winner will be declared. The winner will be published in Volume 8 of The Winter Anthology and receive a $1000 honorarium. Finalists will also be considered for publication.

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past winners

2018, judged by Cole Swensen: Aaron Fagan for his poem “We Are Cenotaphs.”

2017, judged by Dan Beachy-Quick: Laton Carter for his poem “The Starling.”

2016, judged by Donna Stonecipher: J. Bowers for her story “Fred W. Loring and His Mule, ‘Evil Merodach’ 48 Hours Before Death.”

2015, judged by Richard Kenney: Julie Gonnering Lein, for her poem “Rime in the Screen.”

2014, judged by Srikanth Reddy: Meg Matich, for her poem “Cantilevered Star,” and Andrew Seguin, for his poem “Last Visit to Chalon.”

2013, judged by Andrew Zawacki: Robert Shuster for his story “A Solution to the Barber Paradox.”

2012, judged by Cole Swensen: Steven Toussaint for selections from his long poem “Fiddlehead”: “the sentient flies,” “and woke in a flood,” and “the sapphirous eye of transits.”

2011, judged by Lisa Russ Spaar: Lillian-Yvonne Bertram for her poem “With a Candle for a Head.”