2017 Contest Winners


C.J. Hribal, "Do I Look Sick To You? (Notes on How to Make Love to a Cancer Patient)"

Winner, Goldenberg Prize for Fiction, 2017 (Selected by Ha Jin)

C.J. Hribal is the author of the novels The Company Car and American Beauty and the short fiction collections Matty’s Heart and The Clouds in Memphis, which won the AWP Award for Short Fiction. He also edited The Boundaries of Twilight: Czecho-Slovak Writing from the New World. He has held Fellowships from the NEA, the Bush, and from the Guggenheim Foundations. He is the Louise Edna Goeden Professor of English at Marquette University, and is a member of the fiction faculty at the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers.

Read an interview with C.J.


Caitlin Kuehn, "Of Mothers and Monkeys"

Winner, Felice Buckvar Prize for Nonfiction, 2017 (Selected by Ariel Levy)

Caitlin Kuehn is from small town Wisconsin, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology, and, for one whole year, attended medical school. Now residing in New York City, she is advancing towards an MFA at City College. “Of Mothers and Monkeys” is her first published work and draws on the intersection of her previous lab work and personal experience.

Read an interview with Caitlin.


Abe Louise Young, "Poem for a Friend Growing Lighter and Lighter"

Winner, Marica and Jan Vilcek Prize for Poetry, 2017 (Selected by Kazim Ali)

Abe Louise Young champions socially-engaged writing, art and oral history projects as co-director of Prizer Arts & Letters in Austin, Texas. She holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers and a BA from Smith College. She’s the author of two poetry chapbooks, Heaven to Me and Ammonite, as well as the free nonfiction guide, Queer Youth Advice for Educators. Visit her at abelouiseyoung.com